It has been researched that 90 percent of the population has experienced some form of trauma. Trauma experience includes an incident where an individual has experienced an overwhelming situation that was just too stressful for the person to handle competently at the time. For instance, a sudden death, witnessing an accident, a spouse's betrayal, a parent’s depression or mental illness, bullying or being rejected by a relative , these can all be considered traumatic. These incidences can profoundly influence how one sees the world, which lens they use and what their mind is telling them about their world.
Common negative constructs include:
I could never achieve that. I am not safe, I am helpless, I will never have what I want, Life is unfair, There is something wrong with me. I will never be thin or healthy. Typically these cognitions are centered around three themes, Self esteem, Powerlessness and Over responsibility issues. EMDR can greatly change the negative cognitions, through processing, into positive beliefs one now can hold and believe about themselves. It is a new world when this is changed. Change your thoughts, change your world. Once your issue of low self esteem, over responsibility and powerlessness are shifted, the world is your oyster and you can achieve anything, ( through practice) you desire! That is when we may shift into using EMDR in peak performance work. This can include, your golf game, the speech you are nervous about giving,weight control, piano performance and a multitudes of any behaviors and thought process you want to change.
Very often I will hear a client say ” I don’t want to relive it” ; however, with this kind of processing, the end result is complete resolution over the beliefs, feelings and sensations concluding in no physical reactions . You will experience yourself as having space and freedom to respond more creatively to situations that formerly triggered you and where you felt out of control. Those nasty terrorists simply will not take you over. It works.