Janet never thought she’d be a 43-year-old single mother of two, but here she is. She doesn’t sleep enough, and can’t believe how few hours there are in each day. She has worked hard at putting others first. Her kids, her boss, and even her ex-husband all seem to get their needs met before hers are. It has come at a high cost, sacrificing friendships, bearing financial loss, and walking away from intimate relationships.
She’s been made to feel unimportant by her cold mother and distant father throughout her childhood. Her ex-husband perpetuated this message, further damaging her self-esteem. When she looks at herself in the mirror, she sees frumpy hair and sad eyes looking back at her. She struggles to see value in herself, and so her investment is always in others. Under heavy stress and near a breaking point, Janet decides to reach out for help.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a treatment modality based upon decades of research and refinement to specifically target trauma and disturbance connected to the past. In therapy Janet begins to lay the groundwork for greater self-awareness and esteem. She learns that the abuse and emotional neglect that she’s suffered is not her fault.
She met with her therapist weekly through the first two months of treatment, and is now on a twice-monthly schedule as she nears completion of her goals. She’s seeing movement toward a healthier view of herself. Hope is increasing and she is finding herself again.