Overcoming Anxiety with EMDR Therapy.

Are we reacting to the past?

Let’s take a moment to delve into the root causes of anxiety that many individuals face. When we encounter certain situations, we might notice physical discomfort like a racing heart, sweating, racing thoughts, or even the urge to flee. These symptoms can vary from person to person. So, we ask ourselves – what triggers these reactions? Is it the current moment or a past memory linked to a negative experience?


This is where Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy comes in. EMDR therapy works by targeting distressing or traumatic memories and helping individuals fully process them, leading to a decrease in associated anxiety or other negative emotions. It utilizes a unique combination of bilateral stimulation, such as eye movements or tapping, and cognitive techniques to reprocess these memories.


But does it really work? The short answer is yes, EMDR therapy has been proven effective for reducing anxiety symptoms related to past trauma and negative experiences. However, every individual is different and may respond differently to treatment. So while one person may see significant improvements.

How Past Experiences Influence Anxiety

In my therapeutic work with clients, I David Panahi often delve into the connections between their past and present experiences. Frequently, strong reactions in the present without an obvious cause can be traced back to past traumas.


For instance, a negative experience like struggling in math class and facing ridicule from teachers or family can lead to the belief that “I’m terrible at math.” Fast forward to adulthood, presenting sales figures at work triggers intense anxiety about numbers, stemming more from past failures than the current scenario.


These connections can be challenging to identify and address without therapy, making EMDR a valuable tool in treating anxiety. By targeting the root cause of the negative emotions, EMDR helps individuals process and reframe these experiences, leading to a reduction in associated anxiety symptoms.

The Role of EMDR Therapy: Transforming Negative Beliefs

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Through the application of EMDR therapy for anxiety, I guide clients in pinpointing the original incident and the negative beliefs associated with it. The therapeutic journey aims to replace these negative beliefs with positive affirmations like “I can improve my math skills” or “I excel in math now.” This process may take multiple sessions to reframe the negative narrative into a more realistic perspective.

In my experience, EMDR therapy has proven highly beneficial for clients grappling with anxiety rooted in past events. To delve deeper into EMDR therapy, you can explore “What is EMDR Therapy and How Does it Work?” for more insights.

Remember, each individual’s therapeutic journey is unique and tailored to their needs. So, if you’re struggling with anxiety, know that EMDR therapy can provide a safe and effective path toward healing and growth.

EMDR Therapy Offered at Panahi Counseling

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At Panahi Counseling, we understand that taking the first step toward therapy can feel like a leap into the unknown. That’s precisely why we strive to make our space—one where warmth meets understanding—as welcoming and comforting as possible.

Through EMDR, we aim to help you untangle the knots of your past experiences, offering a path to transform those deep-seated beliefs that hold you back. It’s not just about reducing symptoms but nurturing growth, resilience, and the belief in a future unchained from past pain. Our dedicated therapists, equipped with professional expertise and personal empathy, are here to guide you through this transformative process with care and understanding.

To learn more about our EMDR Therapy, schedule a free consultation with our intake specialist. It only takes a few minutes. Panahi Counseling is located in Wheaton Illinois offering psychotherapy services to Illinois residents.

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