EMDR Therapy at Together We Can


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Recent studies and evaluations by the medical community have deemed EMDR Therapy as an effective tool in the treatment of PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), anxiety, depression, and other symptoms of substance misuse. EMDR stands for eye movement desensitization and reprocessing and is effective in the development of coping strategies for distressing memories and mental states. When a disturbing thought or unwanted memory forces itself into one’s consciousness, rapid movement of the eyes will typically follow as a psychological response. EMDR trains clients to make voluntary movements of the eyes as a way to combat the debilitating emotional state that can result from constantly reliving traumatic memories.

This form of therapy is broken down into eight distinction phases which include an assessment of the client, preparation for therapy and a desensitization process. EDMR therapy does not require full disclosure of traumatic events to one’s therapist. Progress typically occurs at a rapid rate as clients apply a solution-based approach to problems they face. Issues are segmented as practitioners sift through painful “baggage” from the participants past and actively work to open the reality of healing. By focusing on the nervous system, internal information is processed and “stored away” in a healthier manner. Working with a trained EMDR Practitioner will allow healing and a shift from destructive beliefs to renewed hope and stability in recovery.

Leanne Clarkson, MPCC (Master Practitioner in Clinical Counselling) will be facilitating an EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) Workshop at Together We Can for men in our First-Stage Residential Treatment Program. Aside fro her traditional counselling skills, Leanne also employs EDMR therapy techniques during this workshop. For more information on Leanne and the services she provides please click here to visit her website.

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