Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches. To date, EMDR therapy has helped millions of people of all ages relieve many types of psychological stress.
Trauma resulting from abuse
Survivors of Abuse & Neglect
All EMDR treatment is performed by our EMDR-trained practitioners. Glenview Counseling Group has several highly trained and experienced Trauma specialists on staff who are able to help. Please contact us at any time for more information or to make an appointment.
EMDR seems to have a direct effect on the way that the brain processes information. Following a successful EMDR session a person no longer relives the images, sounds, and feelings when the event is brought to mind. He or she will still remember what happened, but it is less upsetting. Many types of therapy have similar goals. However, EMDR appears to be similar to what occurs naturally during dreaming or REM sleep. Therefore, EMDR can be thought of as a physiologically-based therapy that helps a person see disturbing material in new and less distressing ways.
Trauma is a word that that refers to an experience within a spectrum of diagnoses, the most well known being Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. However, broadly speaking, Trauma refers to a single or series of events that happened in the past that continue to affect us negatively for a long time afterwards. Trauma and traumatic experiences result from highly stressful events that shatter a person's sense of safety, security and peace. In many cases, trauma renders one feeling helpless and vulnerable or hardened and volatile in a world perceived as dangerous.
One evidence-based treatment that our practicitioners use for disorders related to trauma is EMDR. Please read on to learn more about how EMDR therapy can help resolve traumatic experiences.