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Discussion in 'Treatment & Therapy' started by Bibine, Apr 28, 2018.

  1. Bibine

    Bibine Member

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    Hello, sorry for my silence... I had my first EMDR session on Thursday.
    An amazing result: after months of dreaming about past relationships, I had a dream about my partner last night. Finally!!

    Having to mourn about somebody who is still alive may be even more difficult... and I'm learning to say goodbye forever to my mom, whom I have called 'mother', and at a certain moment near teenagehood, I skipped the 'm' and called her 'other'. She didn't even mention that ever. I think she kind of agreed with that.

    Is it normal to feel tired after EMDR? Tired but also relaxed? ;-) I guess it would be abnormal not to be a bit tired, yes?
     
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  3. Still Standing

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    I have just started EMDR, as well. The first session left me very tired. The second one left me more agitated than tired. I think it just depends on the individual session you have.
     
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  4. Bibine

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    Thank you, Ms Standing.. I guess I just need to share a little something to touch ground.. make sure all this is really happening ;-)
     
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  5. Still Standing

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    Yeh, it does make you feel a little weird, huh? So far, it has taken a day, each time, to be back to "normal". However this last time, the second day after, I felt surprisingly calm, clear-headed, and appreciative of the day. It was much nicer than feeling like my head was gummed up. What type of EMDR are you doing...hand movement, tapping, audio, electronic moving light...? I am doing the hand movement. But, I am finding it very difficult to keep my eyes open. So, I am thinking of asking if we can do audio, that way I can close my eyes and more freely recall trauma memories. Are you comfortable with your method of EMDR or is it still too new for you to have an opinion yet?
     
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  6. Bibine

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    Hello :) Yes, it's Saturday end afternoon here and I feel so sleepy again. I had first session Thursday morning, and it was a bit unexpected, as we had just started one session talk, but my realizations of the past week made my therapist decide I was ready for a first session. It was short, we worked on a letter I had written, simply EMDR hand movements after reading a sentence I had written to see what was going on beyond the written words. My first reaction: I started laughing, real loud! Afterwards, the sensations went more inwards, and more downwards. Right after the session I had to go to work, and was so glad I had the day alone in the office! Yesterday I was amazingly calm and peaceful and relaxed too... but today, oh man, so sleepy!

    I don't know about the different kinds of EMDR actually, I had seen only the hand-eye work... It does feel like already there's a lot of tension falling away, how is that possible? :)

    I hope you are having great benefits from your therapy, does it hypnotize you that you can not keep your eyes open?

    It is so interesting... how this can work! I live in Europe though, and many people are totally unaware of EMDR, I think on this kind of stuff, the other continents and especially the US are more advanced.... Europe is very conservative!
     
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  7. AliciaEff

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    I get very tired and childish. I start talking a bit in a baby voice after I have left my therapist and I end up quite impressionable. I went home and napped for two hours after. If you can, schedule sessions where you have time to sleep after. Feeling tired is the most normal thing I can think of
     
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  8. hithere

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    Hello. I did emdr when it was newly introduced by Shapiro. My therapist at the time was a trauma and forensic specialist, he was open minded and very good. My emdr sessions did create a calmness and helped me to accept things and helped to not have as intense self-hatred. After any trauma work, no matter the model I have a need to sleep, or wrap up in a blanket for two hours and just stare into space. This is common actually. Things are happening at the "cellular" level of your body as well, and that can take a few days to come out and pass through.
     
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