Trauma is treatable...
“I have studied and practiced psychotherapy, clinical talk therapy treatments and interventions and evidence-based practices for 20 years. Longitudinal, empirical data now confirm that trauma is integral to emotional and many physical health problems. We also know that emotional memories can be cleared.”
Brett Engle, PhD, LCSW,
Trauma Therapist and Researcher
Emotional Memory Center Founder and CEO
An emotional memory is the continued activation of a stress response
by information about an event that is no longer happening.
Professionals and Organizations
We all experience adversity, and some of us have more eventful lives than others. Even those who have had relatively protected lives experience moments of fear, anger, and maybe guilt, shame, or disgust. When people experience physical or sexual abuse or other violence or threats, they typically have a stress response at the moment of the event. Stress and negative emotions may or may not continue to be activated by cues, triggers, or stimuli associated with the event. A traumatic or emotional memory is the continued activation of a stress response by an event that is no longer happening.
Clearing Emotional Memories
There are many ways to quiet one’s mind and reduce stress reactions (e.g., yoga, cardio, meditation, massage [both giving and receiving], other physical contact, being in nature, writing, talking, and laughing). If you can think and talk about every detail of an event and have no negative feeling, then your mind did not form an emotional memory. If thinking about the event does elicit a negative emotion, that is an emotional memory.
You did not choose the event, and you did not choose to be affected by it. It is primitive, subconscious mind (not within conscious control) that activates stress responses. The above activities can help and possibly even clear emotional memories. We find it is often faster and easier, however, to clear emotional memories with the help of a highly skilled professional trained in specific experiential, mind-body treatment processes.
Individual, Experiential, Mind-Body Treatment Sessions
We focus specifically, narrowly, and exclusively on understanding your “felt experience”. You do not undergo a biopyschosocial assessment or receive a DSM or mental health diagnosis. You also never “relive” or “re-experience” the event, but rather stay emotionally grounded or present throughout the entire process. By the end of, typically a single, up to several-hour, session, we expect you to be able to think and talk about every detail of the event with little or no negative feeling, and we believe it is our job to impact your subconscious mind to achieve this outcome. Every session has a specific target, and treatment is time limited.