Acute Stress Response and Critical Incidents

EMDR for Critical Incidents disaster and war

EMDR Treats Acute Stress Symptoms caused by  Critical Incidents.

EMDR therapy can reduce acute stress symptoms that occur after a critical incident.  After an incident like the death of a loved one, or a sexual assault, you might feel like your nervous system is wired. Hormones are flooding your body. This feeling can sometimes go on for several days.
You may complain of the inability to sleep or lose your appetite. You may ruminate about a particular part of the incident over and over again. It may even feel like you are reliving the incident. You may only remember part or none of the incident.
Your brain does not work well when it’s still in shock. Drinking juice and water as well as eating good protein snacks are important during this phase after a critical incident.  Don’t try to work or do anything that requires concentration. Don’t beat yourself up. All of what you are experiencing is normal. It will pass. Some EMDR protocols like the ASSYST protocol and Group protocols are designed for these types of experiences.
Sometimes people have thoughts like, “it’s my fault,” even if they were the victim of the incident.
EMDR therapy can prevent acute stress symptoms from turning into post-traumatic stress syndrome. If you are looking for relief from acute stress symptoms book an appointment as soon as you can. See my blog post here  Sex & Abuse of Power

Group EMDR for Ongoing Traumatic Stress: 

Recently our Trauma Recovery Network as part of HAP ( Humanitarian Assistance Program) has rolled out EMDR group work for disasters, war and critical incidents.
Our team has successfully facilitated a number of groups working with displaced women of war with good results.
See Group EMDR for Ongoing Traumatic Stress during and after a critical incident for hire.
The following examples of critical incidents that I treat with EMDR are:
  • Accidents
  • Car accidents
  • Sexual Assault
  • Rape
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Victim of Crime
  • Divorce
  • Death of a loved one
  • Medical Trauma
  • Domestic Violence
  • Youth or children who have survived an incident
  • Survivors of Fire
  • Displaced persons of war
  • Refugees’ ongoing traumatic stress