Seniors who have experienced or witnessed traumatic events may experience depression and anxiety after the event, which they never fully recover from. It’s important to seek help from professionals in your time of need, and Colorado In-Home Counseling is here for you or your loved one to help you along the tumultuous road to recovery.
If you’re wondering whether or not you’ve experienced a traumatic event that they’re struggling with, some signs that you may need to seek counseling include:
- Having nightmares and vivid memories of the event
- Getting upset and angry when reminded of the event
- Blaming themselves or feel guilt or shame
- Having a hard time falling asleep
- Acting recklessly or in self-destructive ways
- Experiencing panic attacks or other physical reactions
Thankfully, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) counseling has proven to be a very helpful therapy for those who are struggling.
Treating Seniors with EMDR
There is never a clear cut way of treating those who have experienced traumatic events because each case is unique. Medications are often used to address a specific symptom, which inconsequently creates a myriad of other physical and mental struggles.
Sometimes seniors have faced these traumatic events many years ago and have been avoiding those thoughts ever since, never fully addressing the matter. There are several treatments available to seniors, including EMDR, which you may learn more about below.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) involves reflecting on the traumatic event or on negative thoughts while using specific eye movements or sounds that help the brain become less sensitive to the material discussed. Therapists guide patients through their most painful memories or negative thoughts until they have all been addressed, with the end goal of bringing out a sense of acceptance to the patient so that they may find internal peace.
This type of therapy has been studied extensively, and many of these studies show positive results, including one that found 84-90 percent of single-trauma victims (those who suffered one traumatic event) are completely healed of PTSD after three sessions of EMDR therapy.
In fact, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is now being used for treating other situations beyond PTSD to help them address other challenging circumstances.
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Anyone who has experienced trauma may initially feel uncomfortable about receiving help from a professional, but after the first session we’ve found that our clients are eager to proceed in the treatment. Our services render the added benefit of the client never having to leave their home, so that they may receive treatment in a place they feel the most comfortable. This is especially helpful for those who are limited physically and have trouble leaving their home without assistance.
At Colorado In-Home Counseling, we’re committed to making therapy accessible to everyone in the Denver metro area.
If you would like to schedule an appointment, visit the contact page and fill out the quick form and we will reach out to you quickly.