EMDR at Creative Care
Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy, or EMDR, is a type of somatic therapy that is particularly effective in the treatment of trauma. Somatic therapies are methods to relieve the physical effects of stress, anxiety, or trauma on the body. Humans have an instinctual response to threats: fight, flight, or freeze. Adrenaline surges, the heart rate increases, and the mind races, looking for a solution to the threat. While these responses served our animalistic ancestors well, modern life presents new challenges and new threats. Furthermore, the development of our prefrontal cortex – our thinking brain – means a disconnect between what we intuitively feel as a threat and what we rationally realize is harmless. This problem is compounded in instances of trauma. The triggers that come with traumatic experiences mean that people can have these physical responses chronically. These are the roots of anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorders, and more.
EMDR is a means to heal the divide between instinctual physical response and the rational brain. Since past emotional and mental trauma disrupts our automatic nervous system, EMDR teaches us how to regain control of the bodily sensations that follow. For example, through traditional talk therapy, a therapist will probe traumatic experiences, triggers, and concerns with a client. They will also have the client notice the physical sensations they experience during the session. At this point, they try some deep breathing, mindfulness meditation, or other relaxation exercises in order to alleviate the symptoms brought on by the discussed triggers. The goal is to create a mind-body connection and release negative emotions stuck in the physical body. As the treatment progresses, the therapist and client are able to work deeper to unlock and release the very core of the trauma.
EMDR, attending to both the physical and the mental, is a good example of our holistic, or “whole person” approach to mental health treatment. Mental health disorders are complex issues requiring multi-faceted solutions. Creative Care offers a blend of evidence-based treatment methodologies in our individualized treatment plans to identify and address difficulties, understand interpersonal dynamics, and develop positive coping skills in place of dysfunctional behavior. A treatment plan may also include:
- Psychodynamic therapy
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Mindfulness interventions and meditation
- Activities groups
- Psychological and diagnostic testing
- Family therapy
- Trauma therapy
- Attachment-based therapy
- Dialectical behavior therapy
- Art therapy
Our fully equipped staff, including a consulting psychiatrist, psychotherapists, registered nurses, counselors, and other highly trained professionals, works as a team to get to the root of each client’s needs. If you or someone you love is struggling with mental health, please give Creative Care a call today.