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I sure am glad to read your post! Several years ago I had a few sessions with a therapist who is trained in EMDR, and I agree, it is work. Sometimes unpleasant as we come face-to-face with core issues. But getting through the hurdles, the way we feel later, and how much better life can look for us is a great result. I recall being stubborn, and feeling I maybe didn't want to address everything but once the ball got rolling, there was no way to stop it.
For those who have done EMDR, did you feel the physical and mental exhaustion I felt? How did you honor yourself going through this? At first it was difficult for me to convince myself it was "a good thing" to do. There are many different roads to take when addressing depression, and not every road is the right fit for each person. When we find the right combination for ourselves, it is life-changing!
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I agree! EMDR is a painful process- like a surgery. The only way to remove the trauma is to process it. It sucks I agree- I have Long Covid for a year now and we have to do the sessions based on what kind of day I am having. I do become physically ill, have nightmares and increased anxiety- all of these systems subside and then I am reminded the process is worth it.
Sending positive thoughts your way- it takes a brave person to face anxiety, trauma and fears head on! Hope you continue to feel good. Thank you for sharing- feels so good to know I am not alone.