Trauma Therapy & EMDR

Trauma Treatment and EMDR

  • Have you experienced a trauma in your life that has been difficult to process?
  • Are you having flashbacks that are disturbing?
  • Are you experiencing emotional numbness and wanting to withdraw?
  • Are you struggling with increased arousal that makes it difficult to sleep, concentrate and live your life?

If you find yourself feeling worried and fearful about the traumas you’ve experienced, trauma treatment and EMDR might be for you.


With Trauma Therapy and EMDR, you can heal from your wounds

Traumatic events come in a lot of forms.  There are events that are so hurtful and traumatizing that it takes specialized treatment to overcome and learn to manage.

In trauma treatment, you will learn to manage the symptoms while at the same time healing the wounds.  Many people that are diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder find that going to therapy and reprocessing the trauma can be very helpful.

PTSD can result from physical abuse, sexual abuse, verbal abuse, military combat, witnessing deaths, being held hostage, terrorist attacks, natural disasters, car accidents, diagnosis of a life-threatening condition and an unexpected death or injury of a loved one.

We utilized evidenced-based treatments to help clients manage their trauma response.   We are trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.

EMDR is an acronym for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing and is a technique used as a primary therapy or as an adjunct form of treatment. As EMDR trained clinicians, we are able to offer this effective intervention to alleviate symptoms related to trauma as well as other distressing symptoms.

Trauma treatment will help you experience:

  • Increased relaxation and stress reduction
  • No longer getting triggered around the trauma
  • Improved sleep, including reduction of nightmares
  • Resolution of chronic pain
  • Increased ability to meditate
  • Improved focus
  • Ability to be mindful

What are EMDR Sessions Like?

EMDR is an integrative psychotherapy approach that incorporates eight phases of treatment. How long it takes an individual to experience benefits of this therapy depends on their personal history.

Treatment typically targets three different areas: past memories, present disturbance, and future actions. The goal of this treatment is to process information and experiences differently. Each session aims to leave the patient with healthy emotions, understanding, and fresh perspectives that will ultimately lead to healthy and useful future behaviors and interactions.

How Long Does it Take EMDR to Work?

It is often helpful to have one or two sessions with the individual to fully understand the nature of their problem to determine if EMDR therapy will be an appropriate treatment. During these sessions, the therapist will answer any questions the prospective patient may have about EMDR. Once the therapist and individual agree EMDR is the right way to go, actual therapy may begin.

Sessions typically last between 60 and 90 minutes. How many sessions will be required will be based on the type of problem, personal circumstances and the degree of the trauma. EMDR may be used within a standard “talking” therapy, as an adjunctive therapy with a separate therapist, or as a treatment all by itself.


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What is EMDR?

Expert from

“EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences.  Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal.  EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma.  When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound.  If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain.  Once the block is removed, healing resumes.  EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes.  The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health.  If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering.  Once the block is removed, healing resumes.  Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR therapy training sessions, clinicians help clients activate their natural healing processes.

More than 30 positive controlled outcome studies have been done on EMDR therapy.  Some of the studies show that 84%-90% of single-trauma victims no longer have post-traumatic stress disorder after only three 90-minute sessions.  Another study, funded by the HMO Kaiser Permanente, found that 100% of the single-trauma victims and 77% of multiple trauma victims no longer were diagnosed with PTSD after only six 50-minute sessions. In another study, 77% of combat veterans were free of PTSD in 12 sessions. There has been so much research on EMDR therapy that it is now recognized as an effective form of treatment for trauma and other disturbing experiences by organizations such as the American Psychiatric Association, the World Health Organization and the Department of Defense. Given the worldwide recognition as an effective treatment of trauma, you can easily see how EMDR therapy would be effective in treating the “everyday” memories that are the reason people have low self-esteem, feelings of powerlessness, and all the myriad problems that bring them in for therapy. Over 100,000 clinicians throughout the world use the therapy.  Millions of people have been treated successfully over the past 25 years.

EMDR therapy is an eight-phase treatment.  Eye movements (or other bilateral stimulation) are used during one part of the session.  After the clinician has determined which memory to target first, he asks the client to hold different aspects of that event or thought in mind and to use his eyes to track the therapist’s hand as it moves back and forth across the client’s field of vision.  As this happens, for reasons believed by a Harvard researcher to be connected with the biological mechanisms involved in Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep, internal associations arise and the clients begin to process the memory and disturbing feelings. In successful EMDR therapy, the meaning of painful events is transformed on an emotional level.  For instance, a rape victim shifts from feeling horror and self-disgust to holding the firm belief that, “I survived it and I am strong.”  Unlike talk therapy, the insights clients gain in EMDR therapy result not so much from clinician interpretation, but from the client’s own accelerated intellectual and emotional processes.  The net effect is that clients conclude EMDR therapy feeling empowered by the very experiences that once debased them.  Their wounds have not just closed, they have transformed. As a natural outcome of the EMDR therapeutic process, the clients’ thoughts, feelings and behavior are all robust indicators of emotional health and resolution—all without speaking in detail or doing homework used in other therapies.”

Our EMDR Specialists:

Amanda Patterson, LMHC, CAP, NCC

Stephanie Savo, LMHC 


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