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A Powerful Approach to Treating Mental Health Issues
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a revolutionary therapy that effectively and efficiently treats almost all mental health issues. Care Counseling Services offers EMDR therapy in our Manchester and Concord, NH offices and by telehealth for anyone in the state of New Hampshire. The symptoms we experience in the present have a connection to the past. Therefore, our skilled therapists utilize EMDR Therapy to assist our clients in making meaningful connections while helping them process difficult past experiences. As a result, our clients move towards closure and can begin living their lives practically symptom-free.
95% of the clients who complete EMDR Therapy with us will never require therapy again!
What Is EMDR Therapy?
EMDR was founded in 1987 by Francine Shapiro and is currently one of the most researched methods of contemporary psychotherapy. EMDR will enable you to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress resulting from disturbing life experiences. Many empirical studies and our research data at CARE prove that most clients only require 7 hours of EMDR therapy. Afterward, symptoms decrease to mild to none at all.
Brains typically have a natural way of recovering from traumatic and disturbing experiences. However, when events happen unexpectedly or cause significant disturbance, those memories often get “stuck” and are maladaptively stored in our nervous systems. In time, this will usually manifest into symptoms such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, OCD, addictions, and so forth. A skilled EMDR therapist can assist the brain in processing these “stuck” memories, allowing routine healing to resume. Of course, the traumatic experience will always remain a memory, but we will resolve the physical disturbance and any negative beliefs associated with the memory, reducing mental health symptoms.
Who Can Benefit From EMDR Therapy?
EMDR therapy helps children and adults of all ages. Therapists use EMDR therapy to address a wide range of challenges:
- Anxiety, panic attacks, and phobias
- Chronic illness and medical issues
- Depression and bipolar disorders
- Dissociative disorders
- Eating disorders
- Grief and loss
- Performance anxiety
- Personality disorders
- PTSD and other trauma and stress-related issues
- Sexual assault
- Sleep disturbance
- Substance abuse and addiction
- Violence and abuse
How Does EMDR Work?
EMDR is an 8 phase process
Gathering history and target identification.
The path to self-discovery begins here. First, your therapist will work with you to gather information related to your history and current symptoms. While going through the information-gathering stage, you will also get a chance to learn more about the actual EMDR process.
There is a good chance you will make several meaningful connections during this process. Your therapist would typically ask you to rate past life events on a disturbance scale to ensure your therapy targets are the most relevant issues. At the end of this phase, you will work with your therapist to set the treatment goals.
Education and resourcing.
During phase two of EMDR Therapy, you will be guided through imagery and stress reduction techniques that will be helpful during and between sessions. This stage also helps to foster trust between you and your therapist. In addition, we will want you to have a thorough explanation of the EMDR process, so you feel informed, relaxed, and confident during treatment. The goal of EMDR therapy is to produce rapid and effective change while also maintaining equilibrium between sessions.
Assessing and Determining Target Memories
During this phase, the actual trauma or negative events will come to the forefront. First, your therapist will ask you to start visualizing and experiencing relevant sensations related to a disturbing event. The therapist will then ask you to identify a positive and negative statement or emotion to describe how you feel about the event. Finally, you will rate the positive statement or emotion using the 1-to-7 Validity of Cognition (VoC) scale and the negative statement or emotion using the Subjective Units of Disturbance (SUD) scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being worst.
After setting the positive and negative baseline ratings, the goal of EMDR is to increase the VoC rating while decreasing the SUD rating.
In this phase, you will begin dealing with memories. As you re-process disturbing memories and the associated sensations, your brain will start to resolve issues naturally. As issues get resolved, you will begin to move closer to final trauma resolution incrementally as the SUD scale moves closer to zero (0).
By the time you reach this stage, you will have processed your disturbing memories to some level of resolution. You should begin to feel somewhat empowered and more in control of your feelings and emotions.
Your therapist will ask you to bring back the target negative event or trauma for reevaluation. The reevaluation process is called a body scan. After bringing back the negative event or trauma, your therapist will look to confirm that you no longer feel negative emotions or body stress related to the event or trauma. The process will be repeated until you report no residual negativity associated with the disturbing memory.
What happens during the closure phase will depend on where each session ends. For example, if you successfully resolved the negativity associated with the target memory, your therapist would close the session and reevaluate the target at your following appointment. However, if the negativity is not fully resolved, the therapist will end the session with containment and calming exercises. Closure exercises are intended to leave you feeling somewhat in control until you return to continue working on the final resolution.
The reevaluation phase is when your therapist will evaluate the last treatment session's effectiveness. They will reevaluate disturbance levels to see if the positive feelings remain in control. If the previous EMDR therapy session was incomplete, the next session would pick up at phase 4.
Heal as fast as you want with our EMDR Intensive Program
This intensive program delivers EMDR therapy in a shorter, more intense period. Our clients can feel better in just 1-2 weeks or even days! Typically, we schedule treatment in blocks of 2 to 4 hours. Most clients only require 7 hours of therapy, and they have met their therapy goals.
Intensive EMDR provides many benefits:
- Eliminating weeks or months of living with trauma symptoms and quickly reducing adverse effects
- A shorter duration of treatment saves money.
- Shorter wait times than many other mental health providers in New Hampshire due to the high graduation rate of our clients
- Studies prove that EMDR intensives are a state-of-the-art modality for the treatment of trauma.
- Local clients can complete the program in one weekend.
EMDR Research and International Recognition
Studies show that it is possible to alleviate distressing symptoms more rapidly with EMDR than with talk therapy alone. For example, in one study funded by the HMO Kaiser Permanente, EMDR eliminated PTSD for 100% of people who had experienced a single traumatic event and 77% who had experienced multiple traumas after completing six 50-minute sessions. In addition, discussing the details of a traumatic experience is not required in EMDR sessions. Therefore EMDR alleviates the anxiety associated with confronting and revealing those details.
EMDR is approved as an effective form of treatment for PTSD by several major health organizations, including the World Health Organization, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense, United Kingdom Department of Health, the Israeli National Council for Mental Health and many other international health agencies.
- For more information, please visit www.emdria.org.
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