This EMDR Painting is a very powerful depiction of how this specific form of therapy works to reduce trauma. EMDR is used to treat trauma symptoms and it uses bilateral stimulation to slowly work through each memory and help you feel distanced from it. If you could picture trauma in your brain, each memory would be isolated, unresolved, and bold: like each section of this painting. By working through the memories with EMDR, they become less frightening because you are able to resolve them little by little and integrate them into the rest of your brain, like the hearts, circles, and birds in this painting.
-Kristen Dreaper, LCPC
I’d given it up for a while, but with babysteps and pushing through here’s what came out of it.
Started off by just randomly drawing/sketching on the paper without lifting the pencil from the paper. Then I colored in the figures I saw. I saw a lot of birds and leaves, which was ironic to me, since I was so frustrated when I begun with this project.
The end result seems very peaceful to me, which is why I’ve decided to call it ‘Peace and Love.’