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Exploring EMDR Therapy to Process Grief and Loss


EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy has emerged as an effective method for addressing grief and loss intertwined with trauma. You may get stuck reliving the worst parts, yet EMDR therapy intervenes by assisting in reprocessing of these distressing memories, which helps you get unstuck and grieve more naturally. 


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How Grief & Loss Intersect with Trauma in EMDR Therapy

EMDR therapy doesn’t erase memories associated with grief and trauma but help you process them with less emotional distress. It promotes adaptive healing, allowing individuals to acknowledge and honor loss while gradually moving forward in their grieving process. This ultimately ushers greater resilience and emotional stability.



How EMDR Therapy Works


EMDR involves stimulating both hemispheres of the brain through bilateral stimulation, which is commonly achieved through eye movements, taps, or sounds. This process helps the brain reprocess traumatic memories, allowing the individual to integrate them more adaptively.


During EMDR therapy sessions, the therapist guides the individual to focus on specific distressing memories related to the loss while simultaneously engaging in bilateral stimulation. This dual attention helps process the memories in a way that reduces their emotional impact, providing relief and enabling healthier coping mechanisms.


How EMDR Therapy Can Help Heal From Grief & Loss


In the context of grief and loss, EMDR helps you process distressful memories or emotions, which can help free individuals from feeling stuck in overwhelming grief. EMDR therapy can truly transform the way you experience and navigate grief. By untangling trauma within the grieving process, you can begin to break free from the most painful moments.


Get in touch with Noticing Growth Therapy in Sacramento, California to begin grief therapy & EMDR therapy today.

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