Have you Suffered a Personal Injury?
or Have you experienced a Road Traffic Accident?
A personal injury or road traffic accident can leave you with all sorts of disturbing and distressing feelings and memories. Sometimes even many weeks or months afterwards feelings of fear and panic continue.
Common descriptions given by those who have experienced a road traffic accident include nightmares, disrupted sleep, flashbacks of the incident, panic attacks, over vigilance, irritability and angry outburst as well as loss of concentration and confidence even in everyday things that once were taken for granted.
There can also be a sense of not wanting to join in anymore, withdrawing socially from others including family members. Symptoms like these can leave you feeling bewildered and overwhelmed and whilst it is often the case that they clear up over time for others they can persist and cause problems.
Will I Ever Be The Person I Once Was?
It’s not the case that you don’t want to “get back to being the person you were” or if you experienced a Road Traffic Accident “don’t want to drive again/or be a passenger” but fear and panic can take over.
Many of the activities in life you once enjoyed and took for granted can now seem like the equivalent of climbing Mount Everest!
You may have become overly vigilant, anxious, nervous and fearful of bad things happening again – for example you may have developed a fear of specific situations at work or on the road.
If your personal injury was a result of a Workplace Accident:
You may have been unable to go back to work or return to the job you used to do. Your confidence may have suffered and you can feel a real loss of your old identity. You may find it difficult to “shake off” unhelpful feelings and worry about small things that you once took in your stride. Your future may not look as clear as you had once thought and your plans and goals in life may have changed due to the nature of your injury.
If your injury was a result of a Road Traffic Accident:
As a passenger you may find yourself clutching the sides of the car seat, applying the imaginary brake shouting out “careful!, look out!” often much to the annoyance of the person driving you!
You may no longer drive or be driven on motorways – even short distances may have to be carefully considered, in order to avoid certain places or reminders that might act as triggers to the incident.
All of these type of symptoms can be very time consuming or tiring and often lead to feelings of frustration and despondency.
Can I Ever Get Back To How I Was Before The Accident?
The answer is YES!
EMDR is a recognized specific type of counselling often used to help people recover psychologically from the symptoms described above.
These symptoms are quite common and often found in a condition that can develop following an accident called post-traumatic stress disorder.
Not everyone who has been involved in an accident will suffer from all of the symptoms of this disorder – the effects of suffering from the symptoms of PTSD can be devastating and disruptive to everyday life.
EMDR is has been found useful in helping restore people to their former levels of pre-accident confidence and overcoming the fear and anxiety that has blighted their lives or their driving/passenger experience.
How Does It Work And How Many Sessions Of EMDR Will I Need?
EMDR works on helping you to store the memory of any trauma in a way that it no longer upsets you or disturbs you when you recall the past event.
Our therapists will provide a safe and confidential space for you to gain some individual support from a professionally qualified and experienced counselor. Sometimes close family, friends and colleagues who have not experienced a personal injury or Road Traffic Accident are not aware of how the symptoms can persist – you may feel alone and frustrated at how long it has been since the incident you have continued to suffer.
By understanding how the mind responds to specific situations post accident resulting in avoidance, fear, anxiety or depression you will learn how to control and overcome misinterpretations of situations and the over exaggerated sense of danger that has taken a hold.
The number of sessions required can vary depending on the individual your EMDR therapist will advise you of the number of sessions usually by the end of your first meeting (Assessment session).