EMDR Therapy and Trauma Counseling Process
EMDR therapy and trauma counseling process helps you face the memories of what happened to you and develop the skills to keep them from impacting you in a negative way. Together, we will strive to reduce your irritability, anxiety, and isolation and improve your ability to connect and relate to loved ones. We will discover ways for you to regain ownership of your daily tasks and complete them without feeling weighed down by your past.
We’ll meet together weekly for 50-minute therapy sessions. There is no set duration for trauma counseling and the number of sessions is based solely on the client’s needs. In our work together we will use evidenced-based approaches to treating trauma which may include EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), CBT, and other approaches.
WEEK ONE: Intake
During this initial session, we define the counseling relationship and discuss the details of informed consent. I gather information about you, your family members, and your biological, psychological, and social history and how this is impacting your current situation. We also discuss the goals you have going forward.
WEEKS TWO And BEYOND: EMDR therapy and Trauma Counseling
Together, in each subsequent session, we will use EMDR therapy or other forms of trauma counseling approaches to treat the struggles you are experiencing since accepting your trauma. With the EMDR therapy model, we use eye movements to engage both sides of your brain (the logical and emotional sides) to help you process distressing memories and beliefs.
Together we will process the current state of your experience with trauma and how it is affecting your family relationships, work experiences, and social life, and set goals for where you want them to be.
TERMINATION: 1-2 Final Sessions
In our final sessions, we will review your goals to ensure you are satisfied with your counseling experience and that our work together has met your expectations. We will also outline a plan going forward so that you are able to retain what we have worked on together and implement all you have learned outside of session.
** If you find yourself feeling like you want to approach your trauma slowly, I have training in multiple trauma-related interventions and we can work with what you feel most comfortable with. We will work together to set up a plan for your counseling experience. For example, I can provide talk therapy to address your trauma if that feels comfortable for you.
EMDR therapy and trauma counseling are best for those who are ready to face the events head-on. EMDR Counseling and Trauma Counseling help individuals work through the fears, feelings, and root issues that are preventing them from accomplishing daily tasks, caring for themselves, and connecting with loved ones.
You will benefit from EMDR therapy or trauma counseling sessions if:
- You are interested in learning the ways trauma has affected your body and brain
- You are willing to adapt the skills you learn in the therapy room to your life outside of session
- You experience intense anxiety and pain when you remember your story
- You are ready to find a way to regulate your emotions so that you can move forward in a more steady and stable way
- You no longer wish to feel like a victim of your circumstances
There are certain situations where you might not be ready for Trauma Counseling with me. These situations include, but are not limited to:
- An untreated mental health concern
- A reluctance to dive deep into traumatic events
- You are addicted to or are abusing illegal substances
It is possible to live a life free from the effects of trauma. You will be able to experience new situations without constantly looking over your shoulder or doubting yourself. You will feel a sense of pride knowing that you have taken back your power and are creating an existence on your own terms.
It’s true your experiences have shaken your core and made you doubt yourself, but that does not mean you cannot start to move on with your life and reclaim your identity, trauma and all.
You can find the strength to face your memories without fear of them holding you back. You’ll be able to be more present with friends and loved ones without thinking you are damaged. Ultimately, you’ll find a way to move beyond your past, experience more positive emotions, and interact with others on a deeper level.