Have you heard about the amazing benefits of EMDR? Are you looking for a qualified EMDR therapist in the Columbia, MO area? Would you like to begin moving forward with your life?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are in the right place! At Aspire Counseling we are proud to have not one but two EMDR therapists. EMDR is an effective trauma treatment that can provide quick relief of trauma and anxiety symptoms.
What is EMDR?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy, or EMDR, is a set of standardized trauma and anxiety treatment protocols. Jessica, our founder, was amazed by the stories she heard from clinicians as well as clients and set out to do some research (because by the way, evidence based treatment is kind of her thing…). She was blown away by the amount of research done in recent years demonstrating how effective EMDR can be. Thus…Stephenie (Aspire Counseling’s very first EMDR therapist and a passionate advocate for this treatment) was invited to join Columbia, MO mental health clinic so we could provide this amazing treatment. While Stephenie is no longer in private practice, we’ve since added two other EMDR therapists.
What Mental Health Concerns Can EMDR Treat?
EMDR is used to treat a variety of mental health issues including:
- Panic attacks
- Complicated grief
- Dissociative disorders
- Disturbing memories
- Pain disorders
- Performance anxiety
- Stress reduction
- Sexual and/or Physical abuse
- Sexual violence including rape
- Body dysmorphic disorders
How Exactly Does EMDR Work?
It appears that EMDR has a direct effect on the way the brain processes information. This is very beneficial to someone who has experienced a trauma, as their brain cannot process information as it normally does.
To these people, a moment in time becomes “stuck” in their minds, and they experience the trauma, the sounds, smells and images over and over again. This, in turn, effects how they see the world around them and relate to other people.
After a successful EMDR session, the brain can once again process information normally, and the person no longer relives the trauma. While they still remember that the event happened, they are not physically, mentally or emotionally upset by it.
What is perhaps most interesting about EMDR is that it appears to be very similar to what occurs naturally during REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. For this reason, EMDR can be considered a physiologically based therapy that helps individuals deal with distressing events in a new and less disturbing way.
What are will I do in an EMDR session?
EMDR is an integrative psychotherapy approach that incorporates eight phases of treatment. How long it takes an individual to experience benefits of this therapy depends on their personal history.
Treatment typically targets three different areas: past memories, present disturbance, and future actions. The goal of this treatment is to process information and experiences differently. Each session aims to leave the patient with healthy emotions, understanding, and fresh perspectives that will ultimately lead to healthy and useful future behaviors and interactions. Learn more about the outline of EMDR treatment and what happens in an EMDR session here.
How Long Does it Take EMDR to Work?
It’s hard to say exactly how long any mental health counseling intervention will take. How many sessions will be required will be based on the type of problem, personal circumstances and the degree of the trauma. Some clients have reported a significant decrease in their PTSD symptoms after only a few sessions! Other clients, for instance those who have experienced multiple, complicated traumas throughout their life, need EMDR sessions for several months.
At Aspire Counseling, our trauma therapists work hard to meet your individual needs. This means that our therapists combine the research based EMDR protocols with their own experiences and most importantly YOUR needs. We individualize your treatment to you.
One example of this is session length. EMDR sessions typically last between 60 and 90 minutes. However, our therapists will work with your needs and sessions. We want to stay as true as possible to this well researched treatment, but we will also work at the pace you would like and meet at times that best fit your schedule.
Where Can I Learn More About EMDR Therapy?
The best place to learn more about EMDR is the EMDR International Association. They have a wonderful website full of great information about EMDR! Jessica also wrote a blog post comparing evidence based trauma treatments offered at Aspire Counseling.
Why Should I come to Aspire Counseling for EMDR Treatment?
At Aspire Counseling, our therapists value finding a balance between following well researched trauma treatment protocols (in this case EMDR), the clinical experience of our therapists (our EMDR therapists are passionate about this treatment and have learned little tips and tricks along the way) and most importantly the needs of YOU, our client!
At Aspire Counseling, you’ll do the hard work (and yes, we know it’s scary to come into our office and scary to face your fears) of counseling in a comfortable, supportive office space. We put a lot of effort into making our office a safe space so your healing journey is as easy as possible. We want to help you find healing as quickly as possible, so everything from the time we take on your first phone call, the free consultation your therapist will offer, the essential oils diffusing when you walk in and the sand mandala sitting in our lobby are all meant to support you on your healing journey.
How Can I start EMDR?
Please reach out and contact Aspire Counseling today to set up a free consultation with one of our caring EMDR therapists. We’ll answer any of your questions and during your consultation will talk about your goals for treatment and how your therapist can help you achieve your mental health goals. Once you and your therapist agree EMDR is the right way to go, actual therapy will begin!