What is EMDR therapy?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an interactive form of therapy that involves working with memories, body sensations, core self-beliefs, and emotions to help people recover from trauma or other distressing life experiences. EMDR is empirically- researched and has demonstrated effectiveness for treating PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, Panic Disorders and many more challenges.

You’re sick and tired of feeling sick and tired.  Most days, you don’t even feel like yourself anymore.  Perhaps you feel hopeless and have even had brief moments where you’ve considered suicide.  These thoughts scare you.  Or at least you think they should scare you.  But mostly, they just exhaust you.  You know you’re depressed, but you just aren’t sure what to do to feel better.

According to the World Health Organization, 300 million people suffer from depression. Almost 10% of US adults are struggling with some form of depression. Those who have experienced or are experiencing depression understand how devastating the effects can be.  In fact, depression has a way of making you believe there is no end in sight.

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How is EMDR different from other therapies?

EMDR allows the brain to restore and recover, healing naturally through the use of Dual Attention Stimulation with alternating eye movements, sounds or taps. This allows you to change how the memory is stored so you can process it, adapt, and move forward with your life. It is a mind-body approach to therapy which typically produces long-lasting results in 6 – 12 sessions.

Symptoms of Depression

Symptoms of depression can seem endless. It’s important to understand that depression can affect people in different ways. Some people show overt signs in negative behavior but other people may internalize, isolate, and withdrawal. Symptoms can also include:

  • Depressed mood
  • Insomnia
  • Lack of activities that used to be pleasurable
  • Significant weight loss or weight gain
  • Fatigue and loss of energy
  • Inability to concentrate and indecisiveness
  • Apathy
  • Hopelessness
  • Irritability and excessive crying
  • Recurrent thoughts of death or suicidal ideation

If you or your loved one is suffering from symptoms different from the ones listed above, you still may be experiencing some form of depression that just manifests in a different way. If your symptoms are lasting longer than a couple of weeks, it may be time to give us a call.

How can EMDR therapy help with the healing process?

Our brains have a natural way to recover from traumatic memories and events. This process involves communication between the amygdala (the alarm signal for stressful events), the hippocampus (which assists with learning, including memories about safety and danger), and the prefrontal cortex (which analyzes and controls behavior and emotion). Stress responses are part of our natural fight, flight, or freeze instincts. Sometimes the event is too overwhelming for our brain to process and fragments of the memory remain active in our working memory, keeping our past living in the present, instead of being processed and filed away as a long-term memory. When distress from a disturbing event remains, the upsetting images, thoughts, and emotions may create feelings of overwhelm, of being back in that moment, or of being “frozen in time.” EMDR therapy helps the brain process these memories and allows normal healing to resume. The experience is still remembered, but the fight, flight, or freeze response from the original event is resolved.

Who can benefit from EMDR Therapy?

EMDR therapy helps children and adults of all ages. Therapists use EMDR therapy to address a wide range of challenges such as:

• Anxiety, panic attacks, and phobias

• Chronic Illness and medical issues

• Depression and bipolar disorders

• Dissociative disorders

• Eating disorders

• Grief and loss

• Pain

• Performance anxiety

Therapy for Depression

Counseling is a proven way to treat depression. As humans, we are extremely resilient. However, when we become depressed, our brain hijacks our thoughts and emotions. The depressed brain begins to tell us there is something wrong our environment or within ourselves. Depression can have a devastating impact in our personal lives and our social relationships.

When you come to counseling at our McNulty Counseling, we focus on treating not only the symptoms of depression but more importantly, the underlying issues that caused the depression in the first place. It’s important to find the cause because if we only treat the symptoms, chances are high that it will come back at a different time of your life under similar circumstances.

Holistic Approach to Depression Counseling

Our mental health clinicians are trained to understand you as a complete person. What this means is we look at different areas of your life: family, friends, work/academics, romantic relationship, health, sleep, fun, love for self, and spirituality. With your therapist, you will identify which areas of your life are causing you emotional pain right now and contributing to your depression.  In counseling sessions, we’ll identify how your depression is impacting your life and how to help you move forward.

Counseling for Anxiety and Depression

When it rains, it pours! If you suffer from depression, research shows that there is a 50% chance that you have anxiety too. The depressive state can lead us into a hyper-awareness of our surroundings where we usually focus on the negative. Small problems suddenly seem big.  Furthermore, we respond with more emotion making this time in our life overwhelmingly difficult.

Anxiety and Depression over time

The depressive and anxious symptoms you’re feeling are quite literally from the same brain mechanisms that perceive our life being in danger with no end in sight! After being exposed to this for quite some time we become severely depressed and begin having anxiety attacks. This is a last-ditch effort for our brain saying, “Something is wrong, you can no longer go on without paying attention to these problems!” To make matters worse we have to endure through our daily responsibilities – work, family, friends, etc. while suffering from depression and anxiety which makes life seem unbearable (and sometimes it is)! Let us help you gain clarity into the cause of your depression and anxiety so you don’t have to live another day in this negative feedback loop! Depression and anxiety treatment is your answer to a better life.

Begin Depression Therapy in St. Petersburg, FL

You don’t have to struggle with depressed mood, loss of hope, insomnia, suicidal thoughts or any other depression symptoms. Counseling for depression can help you recover from fatigue, low energy or loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed. A depression counselor can help you work to overcome the depression, enjoy favorite activities and experience hope once again. Our skilled depression counselors are experienced in helping people work through the symptoms of depression and reconnect with others. We want to help you recover, feel like yourself again and experience new freedom and joy in your life.

If you have questions or would like to start counseling, please contact our St. Petersburg, FL clinic. If you want to feel better and begin to thrive in your life, we’re here to help! Please give us a call at 727-344-9867 for a free consultation. You deserve to feel like yourself again.

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Other Services Offered at McNulty Counseling & Wellness in St. Petersburg, FL

Other than affirming depression therapy, we also offer many other counseling services. These supportive services include family counseling, counseling for children, couple’s and marriage counseling, counseling for teens, individual counseling, counseling for parents, counseling for college students, counseling for LGBTQ, anxiety treatment and art therapy. We also provide remote counseling services and groups for women going through divorce as well as, children going through divorce. If you have any questions please contact us. Also, feel free to read at our blogs!

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