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Emotional Housecleaning: Letting Go of Old Baggage

Nearly everyone has experience emotional trauma at some time in their life. If you’ve even been seriously humiliated, the Talmud calls it “murder of the soul”, a very serious offense in many cultures.

Like every other species on the planet, we respond to serious trauma by fight, flight, or freeze. Unlike lower animals that tend to freeze physically, we tend to freeze emotionally, and even though we know we survived it, it feels like it’s still going on.

If thinking about a past trauma causes no emotional reaction or discomfort, it’s been processed, completed, and not broken so don’t attempt to fix it. However, if those thoughts cause your throat to tighten, your heart to speed up, your stomach to churn, and strong feelings to surge through your body, it’s not finished and probably still affecting your life in many ways. Fortunately, with the help of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and IGI (Interactive Guided Imagery), we have had great success in rapidly helping patients to overcome major trauma such as the death of a loved family member or pet, motor vehicle accidents, home invasion robberies, sudden job or economic losses, and the diagnosis of a life-threatening illness.

Dr. Bresler has continued to research and develop this combination approach for more than 25 years and reports that in as little as five or six visits, many patients have been able to completely process and overcome traumatic recollections and thoughts that have plagued them most of their adult life. While years of prior therapy with analysis, CBT, DBT, or other approaches did little to help, they report that treatment at the Bresler Center has enabled them to recall the prior trauma with little or no discomfort whatsoever.

If you’ve experienced trauma that is continuing to cause emotional or physical discomfort, this combination can probably help help you, too. Call us at 310-474-2777 so you give it a try.

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