You remember it all. How excited you were heading into a much needed, three-day weekend. You marveled at the breathtaking view of Mount Rainier as it presided majestically over the valley accentuated by a cloudless, ice-blue sky. Your children, sitting in the back seat, were singing Disney tunes at the top of their lungs. It was a perfect moment.
Out of nowhere the sound of screeching tires pierces that moment. The smell of burning rubber combined with the sound of crunching metal is followed by the helpless feeling of being thrust forward, spinning uncontrollably toward on-coming traffic. Your children’s singing has been replaced by screams. The car comes to a sudden stop as it slams into the barrier showering your family with a sea of broken glass. Your kids are sobbing in the back seat. You try to reach out to them but your arm is pinned and you can’t move. You have never been so afraid.
Yes, you remember it all. That’s the problem.
You can’t seem to get past that moment. You relive the trauma over and over. The fear is paralyzing. You are trying to work through it, but every tire screech or ambulance you hear puts you right back in that moment again. You close your eyes hoping for relief, but that powerful memory plays repeatedly in your mind. You’ve tried talking to someone but it hasn’t helped.
We understand how difficult it is to recover from the trauma of an auto accident. That’s why we offer EMDR here at Sunrise Center for Wellness.
EMDR or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a type of therapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences – like an auto accident. EMDR therapy shows that the mind can, in fact, heal from psychological trauma as much as the body recovers from physical trauma.
This is the same type of therapy that helps soldiers recover from post-traumatic stress disorder. Studies show that 100% of single trauma victims were no longer diagnosed with PTSD after only six sessions. Millions of people have been treated successfully over the past 25 years.
The auto accident was a traumatic experience for you and your family. You don’t have to be trapped by the painful memory and fear associated with that accident. There is a path toward healing for you that can set you free from that moment so you can enjoy the many beautiful moments to come for you and your family in the future. Contact me. I’d love to hear your story, talk about EMDR, and schedule an appointment to meet with you.