Achieving a stable state during such turbulent times has been difficult, if not impossible. There is a shared energy and a deep connection that can happen when you are only a few feet apart from another person. During our in-office time, I felt a sense of safety and calm that I no longer feel with virtual sessions. It was easier to let down my guard and be fully present in the Skull hello darkness my old friend I’ve come to drink with you again shirt but in fact I love this moment when we were able to share space.I’ve had to remind myself that healing is a journey, with good days and bad days. Sometimes we can proactively reprocess painful memories and sometimes I just need to respond to the current chaos of life. There are days when I cannot center myself and the “noise” in my head and body are too overwhelming, so my therapist is gentle as we cocreate an experience that feels safe. We discuss the present rather than delving deeper into the past, and she helps me to utilize some of the inner resources I’ve developed through EMDR. On good days, when I can relax and tune in, I see a light at the end of the tunnel and a future where EMDR can help me to unburden myself of past trauma and access my own innate healing wisdom.