EMDR for PTSD Recovery & Stress Management
What to Expect with EMDR
EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. EMDR therapy is designed to help you process a “bad call” or disturbing critical incident. Using a proven framework of guided bilateral eye movements, we will use EMDR to activate your brain’s natural healing process. This treatment approach helps resolve traumatic events and will transform your emotional response to triggers. You will also learn coping skills to support you during future high-stress work situations.
How PTSD Might FeelAs a first responder, some of the post-traumatic symptoms you might experience include:
- Intrusive thoughts, dreams, and unwanted recollection of the traumatic incident
- Worrying about harm happening to your loved ones
- Hypervigilance or being easily startled – Avoiding triggering places or people
- Feelings of fatigue and burnout
- Irritability or detachment
- Trouble sleeping – Depression
- Ineffective Coping Mechanisms
- Intrusive thoughts or nightmares after a traumatic event are extremely upsetting
- Using substances, such as alcohol or drugs
- Self-harming by cutting or binge-eating Increased risk-taking, such as reckless driving
Experiencing Moral InjuryMoral injury is a term to describe what happens when a workplace incident is so severe that it changes the way you make sense of life.
Examples of Moral Injury are:
- You feel obliged to go against your values in order to do your job, this can cause inner conflict, guilt, or depression.
- Another example is you are not able to prevent another person’s actions that go against your values or moral beliefs
- Your unit or organization does not support you and you feel betrayed by your boss or organization.