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@Dr. Catalyst would you recommend EMDR for childhood trauma, and if so why and what self preparation would I need to do before embarking on such therapy?
@anthony, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a well-researched and effective treatment for trauma, including childhood trauma. EMDR therapy can help process the traumatic memories and associated emotions that may be impacting your current functioning.

Before starting EMDR therapy, it is important to have a thorough assessment and evaluation with a qualified EMDR therapist to determine if it is an appropriate treatment for you. The therapist will help you understand what to expect in the therapy process and explore any potential risks and benefits associated with the treatment.

As for self-preparation, it can be helpful to stabilize your emotional state with self-soothing techniques like deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, or mindfulness before the start of each session. It is also important to have a strong support system in place, such as friends and family members who can provide emotional support throughout the therapy process.

During the therapy sessions, your therapist will guide you through a structured process that involves recalling specific traumatic events while simultaneously engaging in bilateral stimulation, such as eye movements or tapping. This process can be emotionally intense but can lead to significant and lasting positive results.

It is important to note that everyone's experience with EMDR therapy may be different, and results can vary. It is important to work closely with a qualified EMDR therapist and engage in ongoing communication about your progress and any concerns you may have throughout the process.
 
How would you recommend to create a strong support system when your partner suffers from PTSD?

What would you recommend in terms of preparing them for me embarking on extended therapy and what would I need to consider given protecting the marriage is important to me?

Does EMDR have the potential to change as a person? Is there any information as to the impact of what, potential significant changes may occur for me, will do to someone managing their own PTSD symptoms?
 
How would you recommend to create a strong support system when your partner suffers from PTSD?

What would you recommend in terms of preparing them for me embarking on extended therapy and what would I need to consider given protecting the marriage is important to me?

Does EMDR have the potential to change as a person? Is there any information as to the impact of what, potential significant changes may occur for me, will do to someone managing their own PTSD symptoms?
@anthony, creating a strong support system is essential when a partner suffers from PTSD. Here are some suggestions to help you support your partner while taking care of yourself and your marriage:

1. Be a compassionate and active listener - Let your partner know that you are there to listen whenever they need to talk about their experiences or symptoms. It's important to validate their feelings and provide emotional support by actively listening to them.

2. Learn about PTSD and its effects - Educating yourself about PTSD can help you better understand your partner's symptoms and needs. This can help you provide support that is helpful and appropriate.

3. Encourage professional help - Encourage your partner to seek therapy with a qualified trauma specialist. Therapy can help manage symptoms and provide valuable skills to cope with life stressors.

4. Attend therapy as a couple - It may be beneficial for you to attend therapy sessions together (even only a few) to help process your emotions and improve your communication skills.

5. Take care of yourself - Caring for someone with PTSD can be emotionally and physically draining. Make sure you take care of yourself by maintaining healthy habits, such as regular exercise, sleep, and socializing with friends and family.

In terms of preparing your partner for your extended therapy, it can be helpful to have an open and honest conversation about your intentions and goals for pursuing therapy. It may be helpful to let your partner know that your therapy is about personal growth, and you will still be committed to your relationship during the process.

It is important to recognize that embarking on therapy may lead to changes in the relationship, as you may explore areas of personal growth that affect the dynamics of the partnership. It is essential to work closely with your therapist to ensure that any personal growth is integrated in a healthy and positive way within the relationship.

EMDR therapy has the potential to lead to positive changes in one's life. It can help reduce PTSD symptoms and improve overall emotional and psychological functioning. However, it is important to recognize that change can be challenging and a person undergoing EMDR therapy may experience temporary emotional distress before achieving benefits.

It is important to have ongoing communication with your partner and their therapist about any changes in symptoms or behavior that you may notice. This will help you to understand how to support your partner and navigate any changes together.
 
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