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Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects about 6% of Americans. Almost three-quarters of the people living in the United States today will experience at least one traumatic event in their lifetimes. Providing trauma-informed mental health and addiction therapy programs is the best way to serve those processing trauma and trying to manage their PTSD. Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is a highly effective, evidence-based therapy for treating single event trauma and PTSD. Its efficacy has gained EMDR a great deal of traction within the professional therapy landscape, and it is practiced by over 100,000 clinicians worldwide.

At Mile High Recovery, our EMDR trained clinical staff can help you with trauma, panic disorders, depression, grief, and anxiety, both independently and as part of a dual diagnosis with addiction. Reach out to us at Mile High to learn more about EMDR, how it works, and whether it might benefit you. Our number is 855.796.2102, and our online form is easy to use.

EMDR Therapy: How it Works

client learning about emdr therapy from counselorEMDR therapy has eight phases and focuses on three time periods, past, present, and future. Upsetting memories and the events that relate to them are addressed as well as current disturbing situations, with attention given to skill development to be used in the future when responding to distressing events. Treatment lasts varying lengths of time, dependent on the number of traumas and at what age PTSD began. The goal for the client is a swift and effective healthy change. Some single event traumas can be effectively treated in under ten hours.

Phase 1: Taking a History

During this phase, you and your therapist will decide what the EMDR will target, including past trauma or traumatizing and disturbing present-day situations.

Phase 2: Handling Distress

This phase is when the therapist teaches you imagery to use between sessions as well as other techniques to reduce stress. The therapist may teach you a variety of imagery and stress reduction techniques you can use during and between sessions.

Phases 3-6: A Target Is Identified and Processed

You identify a visual image associated with the traumatic memory, a negative or maladaptive belief about yourself, any emotions or physical reactions and sensations related to the original traumatic event, and finally, a positive belief. Focusing on the above, you work on EMDR processing with the therapist, using bilateral movements such as tapping or eye movement. This is done in repeated steps until no distress is associated with the targeted experience.

Phase 7: Client Journal

The client keeps a diary of any related feelings or other information that arises.

Phase 8: Evaluating Progress

Your progress will be assessed by reviewing the work done to ensure that all emotional and physical responses to traumatic memory have been eliminated. This will increase the likelihood of responding to current and future distress without triggering a trauma response.

People who have undergone EMDR therapy are empowered by situations and experiences that once deeply violated them. They have shifted their memories into a source of strength and triumph.

Mile High Recovery Offers Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing in Denver

Trauma, deep grief, profound loss, and other wounding experiences affect us deep in our bodies and minds. We may not even realize the many ways that these experiences manifest in our lives, throwing obstacles in our way and paralyzing us when we most need to take action.

The comorbidity of addiction and PTSD is high at over 50% for men and nearly that for women. EMDR is an effective, evidence-based treatment that addresses both addiction and prior trauma based on understanding how the two intersect in the brain.

Seeking quality treatment for co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders, from depression to PTSD, is the first step in healing. Reach out today to Mile High Recovery and find out how your healing journey will begin. Complete our online form or call us at 855.796.2102. We’ll be waiting.