Trauma Recovery/EMDR Therapy

Trauma Recovery/EMDR Therapy

There are many types of treatment used in trauma recovery. One particular is called movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). Experts began using this therapy to treat those who suffer from trauma and psychological issues. EMDR focuses on connecting a person’s psychology and physiology which enables them to cope with their trauma.

Here at Recovery by the Sea in Stuart, FL, we specialize in many types of trauma recovery including eye movement desensitization and reprocessing. Reach out to us today to find out more about our trauma recovery/EMDR therapy program.

Why You Should Consider EMDR Therapy

EMDR is often used as a treatment for trauma. It has also been found as an effective treatment method for mood disorders and anxiety. During an EMDR therapy session, one of our team members will use techniques that combine rapid eye movement and cognitive therapy. The main goals of EMDR include the following:

  • Help you process trauma
  • Reduce painful emotions
  • Teach you how to cope with distressing memories
  • Show you how to replace negative thoughts with positive ones

One of the key factors of handling trauma is to find ways to regain your power by replacing negative thoughts and feelings with positive ones. You will start feeling empowered and stronger.

How EMDR Therapy Works

EMDR involves preparation, intervention, and getting closure. You will find that EMDR has eight stages. During a treatment session, you will be encouraged to focus on a particular traumatic memory or thought. As you try to stay focused on this memory, you will also receive some stimuli that will activate your rapid eye movement. Some types of stimuli used in EMDR therapy include the following:

  • Tactile stimuli – May include rhythmic body movements and electric pulsators which alternate on each side of the body
  • Visual stimuli – An example would be gestures from our therapist’s hand or the movement of a device going back and forth
  • Auditory stimuli – This may include noises coming from headphones or speakers

Studies have shown that a therapy directed towards a combination of eye movement and memory recall can change the memories that adhere to your emotions. EMDR is one of these types of therapies. It is important to understand that a person won’t completely forget their traumatic experience. However, with EMDR they will be able to significantly reduce the emotional toll associated with their trauma.

Stages of EMDR

EMDR has 8 stages. The best approach to EMDR therapy is for a person to complete all of them. The stages of this type of therapy include the following:

  • History gathering
  • Preparation
  • Assessment
  • Desensitization
  • Installation
  • Body scan
  • Closure
  • Re-evaluation

All the stages of EMDR are a key part of the overall therapy process. They all help to improve the chances of success for the client.

EMDR at Recovery by the Sea

Many people who have experienced trauma that have a mood disorder or is fighting anxiety have found EMDR therapy to help immensely. If you would like more information about this type of therapy, contact us here at Recovery by the Sea today. We look forward to helping you overcome the symptoms associated with trauma.


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