Navigating the Shadows: Healing from Sexual Abuse with EMDR Therapy

Healing from Sexual Abuse with EMDR Therapy - Insightful Counselling

“Fear is a powerful force, but courage is its undefeated adversary. In facing our fears, we discover the strength that resides within us, propelling us to heights we once deemed impossible.”


Hey there, beautiful souls! Today, I want to share something deeply personal and close to my heart – my journey of healing from sexual abuse through the incredible power of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. It’s not a straightforward story, but it’s one that I hope can inspire and bring a sense of hope to others who may be on a similar path.

The Darkness Before Dawn:

In the early chapters of my life, I experienced something that no one should ever have to endure – sexual abuse. The memories were like shadows, lurking in the corners of my mind, haunting my every step. It took me years to find the courage to confront them, but when I did, I knew I needed help.

Fear and anxiety following sexual abuse are common reactions and it impacted my daily life. I was scared to walk alone or where boys lurked. Later, I realised I was transferring this fear and anxiety to my daughter.

This triggered me to start my journey by studying to be a counsellor and, at the same time, seek therapy for myself.

Discovering EMDR:

EMDR Therapy - Effective Approach to Healing Trauma - Insightful Counselling

Enter EMDR therapy, a seemingly strange yet miraculously effective approach to healing trauma. Initially, the idea of following a therapist’s fingers with my eyes sounded a bit bizarre, but desperate times call for unconventional measures. So, I dove in, ready to try anything that might bring relief.

The Rollercoaster of Emotions:

EMDR sessions were like rollercoaster rides through my memories and emotions. I revisited the painful moments, but with the guidance of my therapist, we gradually untangled the knots that had bound me for so long. The tears flowed freely, but so did the newfound strength.

The Power of Processing:

EMDR, at its core, is about processing memories in a way that allows the brain to rewire itself. As I navigated through the trauma, the intensity began to wane. I could see the memories losing their grip, transforming from monsters in the dark to fragments of a distant past.

Healing in Small Wins:

Healing fro Trauma - Before and after EMDR therapy - Insightful Counselling

It wasn’t an overnight miracle, but there were small victories along the way. The nightmares became less frequent, the anxiety loosened its grip, and I started to reclaim parts of myself that I thought were forever lost. EMDR gave me the tools to rebuild.

The Therapeutic Dance:

The therapeutic dance of EMDR is a delicate balance between revisiting the pain and anchoring oneself in the present. It’s like learning to dance with your demons, acknowledging their existence but refusing to let them lead.

Blossoming into Healing:

With each EMDR session, I could feel myself blossoming into the person I was meant to be. The wounds didn’t define me anymore; they became stepping stones toward a future filled with resilience, compassion, and self-love.


EMDR Therapy for Trauma and Sexual Abuse - Insightful Counselling

As I sit here typing these words, I want you to know that healing is possible. EMDR therapy was my guiding light, illuminating the path out of the darkness. As a therapist, I strongly believe in the power of EMDR therapy, and now I have many client success stories, which warms my heart. If you’re walking a similar road, I encourage you to explore the healing modalities available and find what resonates with you. There is strength in vulnerability, and you deserve every ounce of love and healing that the world has to offer. May your journey be filled with light and, above all, self-compassion.


Journal of EMDR Practice and Research – Publishes scholarly articles and case studies on the application and efficacy of EMDR therapy.

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