Addressing a specific therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing, or EMDR, was a challenging yet rewarding conversation on Not Alone this week. We learned that crime survivors, people experiencing excessive grief, accident and burn survivors, military veterans, and many other people, report emotional healing through the use of EMDR therapy.
Life incidents occur that are so horrific that each time the person’s memory brings this incident to the forefront, it is as if the incident is happening for the first time, and the emotional distress again engulfs and overwhelms. The incident and the terrifying or painful response to the incident do not diminish over time, but simply stay locked in the “wrong place” in the brain. Through a fairly simple eye movement therapy, this overwhelming emotion is “transferred” to another part of the brain, where life is experienced, then filed away as a memory, and the power of that painful memory will lose its sting over time.
Two experienced therapists, Cyndi Muhlbauer and Ben Czyz with Lutheran Family Services, and a special friend, Clare, shared the healing message EMDR can offer. To hear more about EMDR from Cyndi, Ben, and Clare, listen to this week’s Not Alone broadcast by clicking on the play button below. You can also download the podcast to listen later. To hear any of the past Not Alone programs, visit The Kim Foundation podcast page.
Week of July 9 – Therapy and Coping Techniques
Airing every Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. (CST on station KCRO, channel 660 AM based out of Omaha, Neb.), Not Alone is a live talk radio program focused on behavioral health and recovery. Developed by The Kim Foundation through the support of C&A Industries, Inc., Not Alone works to reduce the stigma often associated with mental illness. The show seeks to assure individuals, families, and communities that they are not alone, mental illness affects us all, hosting a variety of guest from across the country.