EMDR is an acronym for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, a highly studied and structured trauma treatment method that helps facilitate our natural healing process of integrating traumatic memories into our experience and attaching new meaning.
In addition to the training that our counselors receive while completing their initial degrees, many of our counselors pursue additional training to be able to provide the best care for clients.
In 2004, the American Psychological Association determined EMDR to be an effective treatment for trauma, and the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense “strongly recommended” EMDR for the treatment of trauma. In EMDR, clients use handheld buzzers or headphones, depending on their choice, to help process or desensitize traumatic memories. Some clients seek counseling solely for EMDR, while others choose to use EMDR as part of counseling. Either way, the exact length of treatment varies depending on the client’s unique needs and preferences.
EMDR Basic Training: Level I and Level II. This training included two three-day training sessions followed by ten hours of supervised practice with an approved consultant. Using EMDR helps individuals recover from past traumatic experiences and the related patterns getting in the way of their health and happiness. One important aspect of EMDR is that the client is in the driver’s seat, directing the pace and goals of counseling.