Trauma

I’ve been undergoing trauma therapy for the past 16 months.  I’d had some before, following a head injury in 2006.  It was 4 months, several doctors and a fortnight in hospital being told, ‘We can find nothing wrong with you.  Go home, and you’ll get better,’ before a counsellor (who had helped me a lot in earlier years) said, ‘This is trauma.’

‘I’ve just learnt a new technique,’ she said.  ‘Can I try it on you?’

I was in such a state that I’d have tried anything.  I couldn’t walk properly, talk properly or even eat properly.  My whole system was slowed down, and I could hardly walk around the house let alone go out and do anything.

Liz started the technique (called EMDR) and, within a minute, I was back in the car accident in which my parents and grandfather died when I was 15 years old –   AND in which I had had a very similar head injury.

We did no more ‘EMDR’ that day.  But, by two days later, my speech was back to normal.  That was the beginning of a long journey, which is by no means finished yet.

2 thoughts on “Trauma

  1. Thank you, Ida for sharing this!
    I can understand the benefits of EMDR. I have used it myself. All the best in the future.
    Eppi

    Like

  2. Thanks, Eppi. I’ve had 3 different people use EMDR with me, in quite different ways. I do think it’s a remarkable technique, but I suspect that its effectiveness depends at least as much on the person using it and the context they give it of other techniques as it does on EMDR itself.

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s