63: Who is a Candidate for EMDR? [Rebranding Trauma Therapy Series]

EMDR is a fantastic brain-based modality for trauma therapy, but there are so many other uses that we don’t talk about enough because of the focus on trauma. What gets lost the most is that EMDR supports anyone who wants to rewrite the curriculum they learned as a result of experiences from their past.

When we talk about EMDR being good for trauma victims, we essentially close the door of possibility of healing through this modality for those who don’t identify as trauma victims. This does a disservice to the majority of the population.

Everyone, at some point or another, suffers from anxiety, depression, sleeplessness, incongruence of messages in their bodies. This includes incongruence of women’s curriculum around their bodies and behaviors, messages from society around race and socioeconomic levels, and so much more. These experiences cause disturbance in lives in the past, present, and future. All of these are a natural part of being human. And EMDR can support people in rewriting their curriculum from the past so they can focus on the present and future.

That means that every person is a candidate for EMDR.

This week on the podcast, I’m sharing why EMDR is so valuable for people who want to create congruence in their curriculum in the present and future, how EMDR can be used for people looking for performance enhancement, and how therapy clients can become more empowered in their therapy treatment.

When something traumatic happens to us, it can be healing to have a therapist listen to and/or validate our horrible experience, especially if no one else has before. However, rehashing the details of that traumatic event can be retraumatizing. Brain-based therapies like EMDR teach us that we don't have to talk about the trauma or the details if we don't want to because the real healing doesn't focus on the traumatic event itself.

The Zero Disturbance podcast is for educational purposes and is not a replacement for a therapeutic relationship or individualized mental health or medical care.

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With a Masters in Education from Vanderbilt, Kambria has been creating trainings and teaching adult learners for over 20 years. As the Director of Education and Quality Improvement at Stanford Medical School, she created ease in complex systems, thereby giving medical trainees successful learning experiences. Now, as a dedicated mom, therapist, and EMDR Consultant, Kambria knows what it means to do things efficiently, effectively, and in a learner-centered way. When she isn't podcasting or creating online courses, you can find Kambria playing with her twins on a beach in California.