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Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)

Outpatient Services is excited to introduce a new therapy modality called EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) to our range of services. EMDR is a cutting-edge treatment approach designed to help individuals process traumatic memories and experiences, ultimately fostering healing and resolution. Research has shown that EMDR can accelerate the healing process compared to traditional methods. At our facilities, we're proud to have therapists trained in EMDR through EMDRIA (EMDR International Association), ensuring that they are equipped with the latest techniques and expertise to provide effective treatment. With trained therapists in Antigo, Merrill, and Wausau, we're committed to making this evidence-based therapy accessible to our community. If you're interested in learning more about EMDR or scheduling a session, don't hesitate to reach out to us. We're here to support you on your journey to healing and well-being.

What is involved in EMDR?

EMDR therapy involves several key components designed to help individuals process traumatic memories and experiences. The therapy typically begins with the therapist and client establishing a therapeutic relationship and discussing the client's history and specific trauma or distressing memories they wish to address. Then, the therapist helps the client identify negative beliefs or emotions associated with the trauma.

During the processing phase, the client focuses on the distressing memory while simultaneously engaging in bilateral stimulation, which can involve following the therapist's hand movements, auditory tones, or tactile sensations. This bilateral stimulation is thought to facilitate the brain's natural processing of the memory, allowing the client to reprocess it in a more adaptive and less distressing way. As the session progresses, the client may experience shifts in their thoughts, feelings, and perceptions related to the traumatic memory.

Throughout the process, the therapist provides support and guidance, helping the client navigate any emotional or cognitive reactions that arise. The goal of EMDR therapy is to help the client fully process the traumatic memory, reduce distressing symptoms, and promote healing and resolution. Typically, multiple sessions are needed to address various aspects of the trauma and achieve lasting results.

Is EMDR right for me?

Wondering if EMDR therapy is the right choice for you? If you've experienced traumatic events or distressing memories that continue to impact your life, EMDR could be a valuable tool on your journey to healing. EMDR is particularly effective for individuals struggling with PTSD, anxiety, depression, phobias, and other trauma-related issues. It's a safe and evidence-based therapy that aims to process and resolve past traumas, leading to decreased emotional distress and improved overall well-being. If you're ready to explore EMDR therapy and take steps toward healing, reach out to us today. Our trained therapists are here to support you every step of the way.

If you or someone you know is seeking expert mental health care, contact us at 715.848.4356 to schedule an appointment. Our team is dedicated to helping achieve mental wellness and improved quality of life.

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