You can recover from trauma with EMDR Therapy


Physical Therapy for Your Body; EMDR Therapy for Your Mind

When you want to feel better and more engaged with life, you seek out help. Like taking time to see a doctor and working with a physical therapist to heal injuries after an accident, working with a psychotherapist will support your recovery from emotional injuries.  EMDR is a comprehensive and integrative method that can help you recover from large and small traumas that you have experienced recently or in the past.

Danielle’s Story

Danielle has lived in Boulder for over 30 years. She has many great friends and a supportive family.  She loves spending time with her grandchildren and she is actively involved in serving her community.

About a year and a half ago, she was  driving back home from anniversary dinner with her husband when they entered a dark intersection on a green light while someone driving a truck blew a red light.  They hit the truck at 55 mph. Luckily, no one was severely injured.t-bone-car-accident

After her car accident she noticed some physical pains and tensions.  After getting examined by a doctor she learned she had no major injuries, and that these physical pains would fade.  Now, over a year later, she has no physical pains related to her accident.

Something she didn’t notice immediately and something that did not heal on its own over time was the emotional pain from the accident. It was slowly leading her to change her behaviors and impacting her access to pleasure in the simplicity life, such as enjoying a car ride with friends.

Car Accident: Emotionally Scarring & Lasting Impact

As though looking into a review mirror, Danielle could see how the car accident had left her increasingly anxious when she was a passenger.  But, she could not identify any single moment that she noticed these changes because, for the first few months, she felt just fine and went about her life much as she had before the accident.  Yet now she wouldn’t sit in the passenger seat; instead, somewhat embarrassingly in her opinion, she always rode in the back seat when going out with friends.

Unfortunately, she had resigned herself to thinking this was how things were going to be for her.  She knew she could get help for physical injuries from her doctors.  What she didn’t know was that she could get help with the emotional scars left by the accident.

EMDR Treatment Works for Emotional Recovery

Danielle could feel her body’s aches and pains in the hours, days, and weeks after the accident. She, like many of us, isn’t used to the slow cause and effect of her emotional symptoms. They didn’t surface immediately, but increasingly, weeks and months later.

Danielle knew that her physical pain would heal with the help of a doctor, who told her to rest and take it easy. Yet the emotional impact only surfaced after she had physically recovered, when she was able to relax back into her routine.   She didn’t know that it is common for the brain to start showing signs of emotional scarring only after it feels safer and in a more predictable routine.

Even though Danielle was aware of the slow development of emotional and behavioral symptoms, like many of us, she didn’t know whom to turn to for a check-up. Danielle was simply uninformed about her options.  She didn’t know about EMDR or how trained psychotherapists have helped millions of people work through small and large emotional traumas.

Learn next time how Danielle found the help she needed to recover from emotional injuries, and if you could also benefit.

Casey Burnett, MA, LPC is a trained EMDR psychotherapist with broad experience with women and men impacted by trauma. Casey specializes in using EMDR to treat any emotional trauma from accidents (sports, auto or witnessed) and chronic pain management. Casey Burnett is in private practice in Boulder, CO. Learn more at
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