Adam Cayton-Holland is a comedian that shared his personal experience with trauma in the article “The Best Drug I’ve Ever Taken Wasn’t Even a Drug. It Was EMDR Therapy” (Cayton-Holland, 2018). As a young man, Adam experience the traumatic loss of his little sister with whom he was quite close.
In the article, Adam shared how he sought help from various mental health professionals, but found minimal relief of his symptoms. Until he found a professional who was trained in EMDR. Adam described the process of EMDR as staggering and reported the skill his therapist had at moving him through the painful memories. Adam revealed that after 7 to 8 sessions, he noticed relief of his distress and felt that the trauma was sufficiently processed.
Adam’s experience is one we see frequently when using this top tier trauma modality with those struggling with overwhelming distress. Watching a person successfully process painful memories, reducing their experienced distress is so powerful. That person is able to move through the pain and replace negative beliefs with positive beliefs.
The reward gained by seeing a client reach their therapeutic goals is priceless.