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  • Writer's pictureJessica Trainor

Healing from Childhood Sexual Trauma: Understanding EMDR Therapy

I’m so glad you’re here! 

If you've experienced childhood sexual abuse, I want you to know that you're not alone. I see you and I know your pain. I want you to know that there is hope and healing ahead. As a therapist specializing in supporting survivors of childhood sexual trauma, I've seen firsthand the power of mind-body therapy in transforming pain into strength, and one approach that I use in my work is, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy.

So, what exactly is EMDR therapy, and how can it help survivors of childhood sexual abuse?

Imagine this: You're driving down a road, and suddenly you hit a pothole. Your car jolts, and you feel a rush of fear. Now, every time you approach that same spot on the road, you tense up, anticipating the same jolt of fear. This is similar to how trauma can affect our brains. When we experience something traumatic, our brains sometimes get stuck, replaying the distressing memories over and over again.

EMDR therapy works to smooth out those potholes in our minds. It's like giving our brains a chance to reprocess those memories in a healthier way, so they don't have the same power over us. And believe me, it's not about erasing the memories or pretending they never happened. It's about taking back control of our lives from the grips of trauma.

Here's how it works: During an EMDR session, we focus on a specific target, whether it be a traumatic memory, present day challenge, negative core belief - while engaging in bilateral stimulation, which could involve visual, auditory or tapping.  This bilateral stimulation helps to activate both hemispheres of the brain, facilitating the processing of the traumatic memory.

Now, I won't sugarcoat it – EMDR therapy isn't a magic wand that will make all your pain disappear overnight. EMDR is GOOD, but nothing's THAT good. Healing takes time, patience, and courage. But what I've witnessed in my practice is that EMDR therapy can be a game-changer for many childhood sexual abuse survivors. It can reduce the intensity of traumatic memories, alleviate distressing symptoms like flashbacks and nightmares, and empower survivors to reclaim their sense of safety and self-worth.

One of the things I love most about EMDR therapy is its flexibility. It can be adapted to suit each individual's unique needs and preferences. Whether you're someone who finds comfort in visual imagery, prefers auditory cues, or feels more grounded with tactile sensations, there's a way to make EMDR work for you.

If you're considering EMDR therapy, it's essential to find a therapist who is trained and experienced in this approach, especially when working with something as deep and intense as childhood sexual trauma. Trust and rapport between you and your therapist are crucial ingredients for the therapeutic journey ahead.

Remember, healing is not a linear process. There will be ups and downs along the way, but every step you take towards healing is a testament to your strength and resilience. It speaks to you wanting more for yourself in your present, as well as in your future. You deserve to live a life free from the shadows of your past.

If you're ready to embark on this journey of healing and feel as though my posts, website and content just resonate with you in a way that feels right - book a consultation call with me. 

Together, we'll navigate the potholes, celebrate the victories, and pave a path towards a brighter, more empowered future.



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