EMDR, or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is a therapeutic treatment designed to help clients process trauma. During an EMDR session, clients will move their eyes as directed by a therapist while processing traumatic memories. EMDR therapy does not require clients to speak in great detail about the trauma they have experienced, instead focusing on changing the emotions, thoughts, and behaviors that occur as a result of a traumatic experience.
During an EMDR session, clients will access memories of trauma in a very specific way, which, when combined with eye movements and direction from a therapist, can help them reprocess those memories. After this reprocessing, these memories will no longer create feelings that are unmanageable. One of the most common conditions that can be improved by EMDR is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), though other mental health issues like anxiety, depression, OCD, eating disorders, and personality disorders can also be vastly improved through EMDR.
During individual and group therapy sessions, clients will interact with licensed and trained counselors to work through underlying issues that may be contributing to their drug or alcohol addiction.
During trauma-informed therapy sessions, clients are able to talk with a specialist who accounts for their past trauma and the way it may have affected their thinking, behavior, and ability to interact with treatment.
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