Imagine a graceful dancer moving slowly across the stage with a mesmerizing elegance. Every movement they make highlights a blend of strength and delicacy, every movement is filled with fluidity and grace, enticing the audience with each step. As they swirl and twirl, a melodious symphony of music fills up the air and synchs with their moves. The audience is captivated by the perfection of the rhythm, sound, and movement coming together in a captivating spectacle.
This mesmerizing dance to the beats can be a good metaphor for our brain’s work on recollection of memories. The brain is a complicated, nuanced yet wonderful organ in our body. It helps us to navigate through the labyrinth of memories, stored in our brain till we need them.
Like the dancer’s graceful movements, the process of remembering is both complex and beautiful, a dance of neutrons and synapses that brings the past to life with amazing clarity and emotion. This is the essence of memory – an elegant, sometimes challenging, but always impressive, dance of the mind.
The dance could be a seamless waltz a powerful break dance, or unpredictable jazz. In this blog, we want to explore the dual nature of memory and how EMDR therapy can help you create a harmonious choreography for your mind’s performance. What is mind dance: does it have a seamless flow, like a well-choreographed dance or it’s distorted and confusing?
Human Memory allows us to revisit past moments, pleasant or not. Normally those memories coupled with our newly acquired skills and experiences help us to learn, gain different perspectives, and correct mistakes. The learning process can be smooth as long as no trauma is involved in this process. The smooth symphony becomes a little complex when the layer of trauma is added to memory traces. Trauma distorts memory as a means of coping mechanism. This is done as a protective act to safeguard the sense of consciousness in people. In this blog, we will look into the intricacies of memory taking both sides of it- the mellifluous flow of synchronicity and the confusing limiting beliefs. We will discuss how trauma tampers with our ability to recollect and how to enhance and manage our memory system.
Our bodies and minds have a fascinating ability to heal, however, trauma can block our natural ability to recollect and integrate. In this blog, we will discuss the ways to enhance and manage our memory system.
Let’s get your dancing shoes ready to kick-start this journey!
EMDR: Choreographing the Mind
What if there was a therapeutic method to re-choreograph your mind and memories?
Most problems in mental health happen as they are out of our control.
Memory, an important part of our identity and perception of the world, often feels out of our control. But what if we can reshape these memories? Imagine if we can use these memories to empower us further. It would open up endless possibilities for us to explore and grow as a person.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a therapeutic technique that integrates movement to create a new narrative for memories, especially traumatic ones. This therapy brings together the power of neuroscience and psychology, offering a new way to reframe memories for healing and growth.
The whole concept of restructuring memories involves therapeutic techniques that are way more powerful than affirmations, self-reflections, or talk therapy.
This therapeutic approach involves engaging with the unsafe past, while bringing in the safety of the present moment, transforming the story in a manner to promotes personal growth, well-being, and resilience.
Reframing actual memories helps to take a different perspective on past events.
Unlike common therapy practices, EMDR does not require active participation or deep technical knowledge. It involves simple eye movements and mental stimulation. A therapist facilitates the reorganization and reframing of traumatic memories.
This therapeutic dance helps clients detoxify their mental state of mind, rearranging the puzzle pieces of memory for healing and understanding.
We invite you to try this dancing to the tunes of EMDR as growing and healing takes the front stage pushing trauma for good to the back-end row of our lives.
The Dance Floor of the Mind: How EMDR Works
During an EMDR session, the therapist directs the client to move their eyes back and forth while recalling traumatic experiences, a process known as bilateral stimulation which involves and activates both sides of the brain. This process is similar to rapid eye movement in sleep, which helps with memory consolidation, which is the core of EMDR.
By reprocessing distressing memories, EMDR reduces the psychological stress associated with them, much like a choreographer simplifying dance steps to ease the learning process.
EMDR has numerous benefits and many therapists find it an effective treatment for trauma, PTSD, and even psychosis. Many of them reported great improvement in their overall well-being. They felt relieved about their anxiety, traumatic flashbacks, and nightmare flashes.
At Modern Therapy & Counselling in Vancouver, we empathize with those who feel unheard or invisible, often the case with individuals seeking therapy.
Our clinic’s expertise in EMDR comes from a decade of experience, allowing us to offer tailored client treatment plans in a safe, supportive environment.
EMDR therapy results are lasting; when you process trauma and find peace with it, painful memories don’t come back.
You would remember what happened but those memories won’t evoke unpleasant emotions anymore.
Dancing Away the Pain: Real Stories, Real Healing
EMDR is considered a holistic therapeutic approach that seems to transform the lives of people who are struggling with anxiety, traumatic flashbacks, and other related mental health disorders. The unique aspect of EMDR that makes it stand out from other forms of therapy is the bridge of connection that it forms between basic cognition, our memories, and our physical sense of self. It also aligns with the past experiences with the future sense of self making the treatment process more sustainable and the effect is long-term.
EMDR has been effective in treating PTSD alongside Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Trauma-informed Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is often compared to EMDR concerning its effectiveness and sustainability as a treatment option. TF-CBT focuses on the negative beliefs and tries to restructure them whereas EMDR indirectly approaches the trauma. EMDR is a holistic treatment that involves the physical, cognitive, psychological, emotional, and most importantly contextual aspects. By letting the client recall their disturbing memories paired with the bilateral stimulation (for example, By tracking an object or a light source). This helps in desensitizing one’s trauma.
EMDR has proven effective in treating various mental health issues, from PTSD to anxiety and grief. By addressing the physical, cognitive, psychological, and emotional aspects of trauma, EMDR offers a holistic approach to therapy.
Here we share some success stories from our clinic, demonstrating the transformative power of EMDR in our clients’ lives.
S., a 30-year-old woman who came to the therapy with a history of alcoholic household. Her memories were a turbulent dance with every step fully loaded with pain. She rewrote her journey of pain to a journey of rebirth using EMDR. She felt lighter with each session, battling what was weighing her down. She described this process of rediscovery as the transformation of a caterpillar to that of a big beautiful butterfly. Through the gentle rhythm and dance of EMDR, S. found her healing and gracefully transformed into a calmer and confident person.
L,55 male, a veteran of war, was constantly haunted by the memories of war and people dying in front of his eyes. He heard screams of people dying in the war and felt like his hands were shivering from all the killings he did during the war. As his memories danced to the song of EMDR, his bloodshed memories were replaced by subtle memories of hope and peace. He felt peace in the subtle changes during his course of therapy. L learned to dance to the mesmerizing tune of EMDR shifting from the cacophony of the war screams.
S., a survivor of domestic abuse, entered our clinic extremely nervous. EMDR helped her transform her ‘home’ trauma into feelings of safety and security. As she danced her way to resilience and power, she discovered that there was more to life than insecurities and fear. Reversing the usual saying, EMDR helps in discovering the calm after the storm and helps build character to weather any storms in the future too.
Taking the First Step Towards Healing with Modern Therapy & Counselling in Vancouver
If you feel like your trauma is holding you back from leading a ‘normal’ life, EMDR at Modern Therapy is here to help. We, at Modern Therapy, make the first step even easier. Take one of our free 15-minute consultations as the first step of your empathetic and compassionate healing journey.
For rapid results and reduced reliance on pharmacology, book a session of EMDR with certified counsellors today. Let’s dance together for a positive, brighter, and more peaceful future. Contact us now and begin your healing journey.