EMDR Therapy

The Therapists at Southlake Counseling are highly trained in specialized therapy methods.

One of these methods is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), which is a scientifically researched and effective therapy for treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  In addition, clinicians also have reported success using EMDR in treatment of the following conditions:

Wendyleigh and Kimberly were trained by Roy Kiessling, LISW, in Advanced EDMR in Asheville, NC.

  • Panic attacks
  • Complicated grief
  • Dissociative disorders
  • Disturbing memories
  • Phobias
  • Pain disorders
  • Performance anxiety
  • Stress reduction
  • Addictions
  • Sexual and/or Physical abuse
  • Body dysmorphic disorders
  • Personality Disorders

Memories provide portable snapshots of moments that we can take anywhere, and they allow us to revisit those moments and experiences to a certain extent. Some memories, however, get in the way of everyday life by consistently invoking terror or anger to a debilitating degree. The sound of a passing airplane might suddenly have the power to evoke terrible memories. These physical responses to memories can also lead to additional off-shoots of depression and anxiety as the individual feels they are losing control of their own ability to cope as well as their ability to get through the day.

For many people, survival reactions are only experienced in short bursts, but those who suffer from chronic trauma symptoms experience longer-term survival reactions that leave issues unresolved. Talk therapy alone is not enough to resolve the chronic trauma symptoms left behind by the survival reaction. Nearly all patients who receive EMDR therapy report greater general wellness and significant decreases in trauma-related symptoms.

EMDR changes the way the brain responds to external stimuli. Therapy normally involves sensory input such as changing lights, gentle buzzing from handheld devices or sounds heard through headphones. As the sensory input switches back and forth from right to left, a patient tries to recall past trauma. Though the memories of the trauma remain, the chronic bodily and emotional reactions to the trauma dissolve.

At Southlake Counseling, the Therapists provide EMDR therapy to their clients in conjunction with other modes of therapy. EMDR is a powerful, effective and safe method for alleviating the long-term psychological impact of traumatic experiences. Kimberly and Wendyleigh help their clients to recognize the experiences around which they have traumatic memories and then work with them to reprocess those memories.  Over the course of treatment, patients experience their traumatic memories with less intensity and less emotion, resulting in decreased physical reactions to the memories.

To learn more about EMDR therapy at the Southlake Counseling, contact our office today 704-896-7776!

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