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It’s not uncommon to battle intrusive negative thoughts, feelings that seem to come out of nowhere. You may experience the occasional flashback to a situation or event that feels charged with negative emotion. It makes complete sense that we would think about this traumatic event or be impacted by it in the immediate aftermath of the memory.

Sometimes months, years, and decades go by, and the intensity of the memory, the overwhelming nature of the emotion, or the disruption to your life doesn’t lessen. That may be a sign that those incidents were traumatic–meaning they were so big that your body and brain were not ready to adequately cope with them. You are right to be concerned and maybe even hopeless … until now.

Trauma is Treatable

Trauma means something more significant than we were ready to deal with has occurred. The brain does not store these unusual experiences like traditional events. 

For example, like the bowl of cereal you ate for breakfast, which starts with getting milk out of the fridge, pouring cereal into a bowl, then adding milk, eating with a spoon, and cleaning up at the sink follows a logical path. 







There is a clear beginning, middle, and end!

The brain stores traumatic memories without that typical sequence of events. It saves them in the brain in a way that causes a flashback. 


Flashbacks are intense feelings of fear of hopelessness. These experiences can dramatically affect our lives. Someone going through a flashback can feel: “There must be something wrong with me!” But when we understand how trauma works, we realize our brain is functioning exactly the way it should.

Healing from Trauma Is 100% Possible with EMDR Therapy 

The mind stores traumatic memories as frozen fragments of memory. You may remember random images of what you experienced, thoughts unrelated to what you are focusing on, emotions that come out of nowhere, or unpleasant sensations in your body pop up and throw you off. 

These flashbacks are fragments of the memory appearing as you initially experienced them–or they seem frozen in the time that they happened to you. With traumatic memory, the nervous system is not able to update or adapt to what happened in the past.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy is the first clinically proven approach to treating traumatic memory and its impacts. The process replicates the brain’s natural way of processing information and healing.

Unlike exposure therapies, where you seek healing through remembering events in such a vivid manner, they don’t hurt anymore, EMDR helps you to revisit the past without reliving it.

As you heal with EMDR, you will find your brain can keep and learn from what was useful about the traumatic experience, and it will be able to let go of the rest, giving you your life back.


EMDR Therapy has helped hundreds of thousands of people. Call now for your free 30-minute phone consultation with one of our certified EMDR clinicians trained in this cutting edge mental health service. You deserve to have a life fully secure in the present, free from the pain of the past.


READ more answers to common questions people have about this treatment option for trauma. 


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