We believe everyone has or will experience trauma in their life. Some of us are able to cope naturally. While others need additional support and treatment to overcome these painful life events.
Our Brave therapists use a variety of scientifically proven approaches to treat trauma & PTSD, including EMDR
This video clip allows you to gain a deeper understanding of EMDR and it's benefits.
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EMDR is a form of therapy that helps people heal from trauma or other distressing life experiences. EMDR therapy has been extensively researched and is an evidenced-based therapy. What does this mean? It works! Studies have proven EMDR is effective for treating trauma.
Our brains have a natural way to recover from traumatic memories and events. However, sometimes we need help to process these traumatic events. Stress responses are part of our natural fight, flight, or freeze instincts. When distress from a disturbing event remains, the upsetting images, thoughts, and emotions may create feelings of overwhelm, of being back in that moment, or of being “frozen in time.”
EMDR therapy helps the brain process these disturbing memories, and allows normal healing to resume. The experience is still remembered, but the fight, flight, or freeze response from the original event is resolved.
What is an EMDR counseling session like?
After the therapist and client agree that EMDR therapy is a good fit, and begin to work together, the client will be asked to focus on a specific event. Attention will be given to a negative image, belief, and body feeling related to this event, and then to a positive belief that would indicate the issue was resolved.
While the client focuses on the upsetting event, the therapist will begin sets of side-to-side eye movements, sounds, or taps. The client will be guided to notice what comes to mind after each set. They may experience shifts in insight or changes in images, feelings, or beliefs regarding the event. The client has full control to stop the therapist at any point, if needed. The sets of eye movements, sounds, or taps are repeated until the event becomes less disturbing.
How long do sessions last? How long will I be in counseling if I do EMDR?
A typical EMDR therapy session lasts from 60-90 minutes. EMDR therapy may be used within a standard talking therapy, as an adjunctive therapy with a separate therapist, or as a treatment all by itself. The length of treatment varies depending on the client's response to treatment.
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EMDR therapy helps children and adults - all ages. Therapists use EMDR with a wide range of challenges:
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What to hear personal accounts from people who have completed EMDR? Check out this video clip!