EMDR: Part of the Delray Center’s Suite of Trauma-Specific Services
The Delray Center for Healing offers Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy, as part of our larger collection of trauma-specific treatment services. EMDR is an innovative, evidence-based form of psychotherapy designed to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as well as address emotionally disturbing memories that can contribute to low self-esteem, feelings of hopelessness, and other psychological problems. The clinical team at the Delray Center are trained in the latest protocols and we provide a safe, structured, and highly supportive environment for the processing of past traumatic experiences.
What is EMDR?
EMDR is short for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, a relatively new form of trauma-focused therapeutic treatment, developed a little over 25 years ago to relieve distress associated with traumatic memories. Through the use of intricate protocols, EMDR helps remove any mental blocks involving trauma, in order to accelerate psychological healing. Numerous studies have reinforced its efficacy, and it is recognized by both the American Psychiatric Association and the World Health Organization as an effective treatment for trauma. This therapeutic modality works by improving the patient’s ability to access and process traumatic memories, and then helps to facilitate the resolution of those memories.
EMDR therapy allows participants to reformulate negative beliefs and deal with hyper-arousal, both common symptoms of PTSD. Clients participating in EMDR work hand-in-hand with their therapist to determine which memories to target and to reframe those events in an emotionally healthy way. Bilateral stimulation (such as eye movement) is used during part of the session, and works similar to rapid eye movement during sleep, to draw up internal associations about past traumatic events. Often times the client is not aware of these associations prior to beginning their therapy session. Once arisen, these associations and any attached feelings can be processed correctly.
Clients leave therapy feeling empowered, with a robust improvement in their mood, belief systems, and behaviors. EMDR therapy can be successfully administered in a fraction of the time required for traditional talk therapy; Multiple studies have shown a successful rate of trauma resolution ranging from 84%-100%, depending on the repetition of trauma, sometimes in as little as six sessions. EMDR therapy can be an effective component in a comprehensive treatment plan, and can be coupled with other forms of therapy, psychiatry, and DBT skills training in order to maximize successful outcomes. Clients must complete a full evaluation before starting this treatment, in order to ensure that it is appropriate for them. If you are interested in EMDR therapy, contact our office at 561-465-6993 to schedule an evaluation.