(1) You feel less “triggered”.
Your body does -no longer- experience a specific emotional response and a physical/emotional activation in response to seemingly random “triggers”. A trigger is a cue that triggers a memory in your body’s “memory bank” .
(2) Symptoms stop/decrease.
Behaviors, emotions, thoughts and somatic experiences that are driven by the trauma/emotional activation disappear. Yay! If you may find yourself relieved that you are dealing with less and less symptoms (e.g., you now longer feel betrayed when the unfaithful partner is talking with another person of the opposite sex).
(3) You don’t sabotage your success.
You stop feeling repeated symptoms of your stress response (e.g., you start sleeping better, you are less emotional, less nervous, less apprehensive of triggers. If you see yourself in a situation that reminds you of the stressful time (e.g., an “anniversary date”), you now longer feel that you need to do a certain action (e.g., needing all the details of what was going on). Also, you feel less in need of preventative measures of any kind. For instance, you did not feel safe to go on vacation with the one who betrayed.
(4) You find yourself with less topic(s) during your session
Using the EMDR therapy protocols allows your body to gently decrease stress and trauma reactions. During the EMDR session, you will notice that your mind gently sifts through any topics that are not yet fully in line with your values, may carry a stress response, or are otherwise not in harmony with the rest of your life’s story. You will notice that, at the beginning of our sessions, the intake forms will bring you to the topics that we get to attend to. And, no worries, filling out the intake forms using keywords is absolutely sufficient.
As we guide your mind and body to reduce any stress or trauma it may have saved up, you will notice that after about 3 sessions of one subject, your mind may move on to another subject, until all subjects have been attended to. You will find yourself feeling more settled, relaxed, and with more energy. And/or, you may feel less “brainfog”, distractions, gap of memories, and other signs of underperformance.
Further information, e.g., see Ecker, Laurel Hulley, and Robin Ticic: “Unlocking the Emotional Brain: Eliminating Symptoms at Their Roots Using Memory Reconsolidation”