When people are jarred from sleep because of a nightmare, the disturbing images can be difficult to shake.
Even though they’re “just dreams,” nightmares can be very upsetting and can sometimes haunt us long after we’ve awoken. But believe it or not, there may be a good reason for them.
Nightmares are part of the brain’s attempt to help us resolve traumatic experiences. But when they wake us up too soon, a key process for healing gets interrupted.
So how can we finish what the brain is trying to start?
Francine Shapiro, PhD, the originator of EMDR, shares how this unique therapy could help. Check out the video below – it’s just 4 minutes.
To find out how seemingly minor stressors can cause trauma symptoms, and how EMDR can redefine the way we look at the treatment of trauma, check out our Rethinking Trauma series.
Have you ever used EMDR with a patient? Please share your experience in the comments below.