Trauma is often the underlying issue we encounter in the event of overload, chronic stress and burnout. Scientific evidence has shown that remembering an emotional event from the past makes us truly re-experience inner feelings that we felt during the original event. This is called the ‘freeze, fight or flight’ response. Trauma has turned off our inner compass and deprives us of the images we need to create something better in our mind. For example, we can develop a fear of fear.
Traumatised people cannot recover until they become familiar with the sensations in their bodies and can reconcile with them. Being afraid means living in a body that is always on edge and alert.
“To heal, the mind, body and brain must be convinced that it is safe to let go. This only happens if you feel safe at a deeper emotional level and allow yourself to link that sense of security to the memories of past experiences and feelings.” ~ Prof. Dr. Bessel van der Kolk
We work according to the method of Prof. Dr. Bessel van der Kolk and P. Levine called ‘Somatic Experiencing’. Flight, fight or freeze: these are the options that prey animals have when faced with immediate life-threatening danger. These options also apply to people in a traumatic situation. However, unlike prey animals that shake off the physical tension of a life-threatening moment very quickly, we humans often find this more difficult. At BMWE, we use body-focused exercises to enable a person to re-experience the cause of the trauma, trying to release the survival energy that was blocked during the trauma.
Tension often gets stuck in our body. This is expressed through insomnia, anxiety, concentration disorders or outbursts of anger.
The therapist helps the client to express an often-complicated feeling and ensures that this feeling receives recognition. Listening, understanding, feeling and processing, letting the body finish the process that was disrupted; that is our specialisation.
After therapy, you will feel a sense of freedom, and you will notice less energy depletion. You can truly experience the preciousness of the day.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, abbreviated to EMDR, is a therapy for people who are permanently affected by the effects of a shocking experience, such as an accident, sexual abuse, or a violent incident. This can lead to anxiety, a sense of despair or sleep disorders. EMDR can help you fix this.
EMDR is a short-term form of therapy. In cases of trauma after a one-off dramatic event, people are often able to resume their daily activities after a few sessions. In people who have experienced long-term trauma and in more complex problems, treatment might take longer.
The therapist urges the client to think back to the traumatic event, including the associated images, thoughts and feelings. The therapist then moves their fingers quickly in front of the client’s face and asks them to follow the movements with their eyes, as rapidly as possible. The client’s natural processing system is stimulated by remembering the memory in combination with making eye movements. All this is too much information for the brain to process at the same time, causing the image to fade and lose its emotional charge. This allows the client to attach a different meaning to the event.
Within BMWE, EMDR is also used as part of a process, for example, in the case of reintegration or a therapeutic process. In those instances, EMDR is used as a supplement or as support. BMWE has several certified therapists who can provide EMDR.
BMWE offers rapid and expert trauma relief and/or victim support to organisations and employees after, for example, a robbery, (occupational) accident, death or violent confrontation.
Trauma relief is aimed at preventing post-traumatic stress disorder or other long-term symptoms such as absenteeism. Research by the Dutch research institute TNO shows that employees are demonstrably impaired and often absent for a long time if traumatic experiences are not appropriately treated.
Once an incident has been reported, we can be on-site from Monday to Friday between 9:00 and 17:00. Next, we must ensure that trauma relief and treatment are correctly set up. Our methods focus on EMDR, cognitive behavioural therapy and body-oriented trauma work, making sure processing and recovery can take place in a healthy way.