We specialize in helping clients heal from trauma. Emotional and psychological trauma may be caused by a one-time event such as sustaining an injury in combat, a car accident, or natural disaster, but trauma also can arise from ongoing stressful situations, such as growing up in an abusive household, enduring bullying, major life changes (such as divorce or separation from parent) or suffering with a long-term illness. If you’ve experienced trauma, whether recent or from your childhood, you may currently be struggling with a variety of symptoms, ranging from distressing emotions, fearful memories or flashbacks, intrusive thoughts, feelings of powerlessness and/or worthlessness, an avoidance of anything that reminds you of the trauma, or an inability to form close relationships.
One of the most powerful and well-researched therapies used to treat trauma and its lasting effects is known as EMDR – Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. 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 and emotional 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 causes intense suffering. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR training sessions, clinicians help clients activate their natural healing processes. Repeated studies show that by using EMDR people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference.**
EMDR and Family Therapy Integrative Model: Treatment for Attachment Trauma in Children
Children who have suffered from parental neglect, abuse, loss, medical problems that interfered with the parent-child bonds, or distressing circumstances such as domestic violence or parental psychiatric or substance abuse problems often exhibit behavioral symptoms such as food and elimination problems, aggression and meltdowns, defiance, lying, and stealing.
The integrative family therapy and EMDR therapy model provides an effective and efficient method for treating children with severe behaviors and a history of attachment disruptions and/or other traumatic events. Eye Movement and Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and family therapy are integrated through specific steps. The family therapy and EMDR therapy collaboration helps parents learn to respond with effective trauma-informed strategies, strengthens the security of the parent-child attachment relationship, improves children’s behaviors and emotional regulation, and decreases reactivity related to traumatic memories and current triggers.
If you believe you can benefit from this therapy, or if you have questions, please contact our office.