Why we’re doing this?
The coronavirus crisis is making us feel uneasy. It’s understandable, because we live on top of one another, we’re experiencing uncertainty and we feel powerless. To make sure everyone can continue functioning in their day-to-day life, we’re offering a first-line support framework in the form of an intervention.
Covid-19 has washed over us like a tsunami. When an unexpected, severe and unpredictable situation like this hits us, we go into a state of high alert. This alertness serves a purpose, because it allows us to get ourselves to safety.
However, if this state of high alert continues for an extended period of time, and if more and more unexpected aspects are piled on, it can provoke strong emotional reactions. These reactions can substantially disrupt our day-to-day lives, during the threat but also after it’s disappeared.
Luckily, we can take action to anticipate this. By acting now, we can make sure we are able to continue functioning, both today and in a month’s time. To help us guide people through these murky waters, we decided to develop this online intervention.
The intervention was built based on scientific techniques that are proven to be effective in the processing of trauma. Eye movements are used as a means to try and reduce emotional responses, so that the body has the opportunity to adjust to the new reality. Elke Van Hoof, who set up this website, is an expert in the field of trauma.
Do you have a question? Send Elke an email.