Testimonials about EMDR Treatment
With EMDR I have been able to help my clients move from survivors to thrivers. My hope is that this website will bring EMDR to everyone who needs it.
—Carol Maker, LCSW
Founder of Inner Courage LLC and the EMDR Therapist Network
After years of cognitive therapy, I had a strong intellectual understanding of my dysfunctions, but had been unable to fully process what I needed to grow and move forward until experiencing EMDR. In a relatively short period of time with this productive therapy, I've been able to use the techniques to catalyze my growth and find a new balance in my life. EMDR has made the difference.
In a short period of time, EMDR therapy helped me to recognize the sources and triggers of anger and to see how that anger is spilling out unnecessarily and capriciously on my family. I now feel confident that I can be a more engaged father and husband because I no longer withdraw when emotions swell.
As an African American, EMDR has helped me to recognize the impact of internalized racism and to release the shame that comes from being a person of color in this country. As a result, the hyper-vigilance that I've had all my life is much less despite the reality that racism still puts me at risk. EMDR is showing me how to become more comfortable in my own skin.
Talk therapy has never worked for me. It always felt like re-traumatizing myself with no real healing. Remembering meant pain, helplessness and frankly I just felt like it was a big pity party. I just came to accept that I would always be a little sad, a little desperate, a little angry and a little anxious. At times all of those dark sides would take over and I would need to pay close attention so that my kids weren't traumatized by my trauma.
Then, I saw the leaps and bounds of progress that my friend made with EMDR. So I decided to give western therapy *one* more* chance*.
I am pleased to report that it has been well worth it. I am not just having the insights that come with talk therapy but also the physiological changes that come with spiritual work and acupuncture. For the first time I am not just telling the stories of my childhood, I am *feeling*, really feeling in my heart and in my body the pain of what happened to me. I can handle it because I am loved, I am safe and I am an adult. I am learning truly that the only way out is through.
I believe that each broken place that we bring the light in saves us all.
The changes I have made are noted by family and friends. EMDR and my therapist have helped me move from a disassociated existence, to clarity and consciousness. After years of using talking therapy, the EMDR has moved me forward in dealing with past traumas. EMDR is a great tool and resource.
EMDR changed the way my brain stored information and my body responded to "triggers." It's like putting together painful fragments of thought and memory into a cohesive and peaceful whole.