Our Therapy Practices
Through the groundbreaking use of integrative evidence-based therapies, like EMDR, our Veterans Rehab Centers help develop individualized treatment plans to meet your needs.
EMDR Therapy for PTSD
What is EMDR?
Our Veterans Detox Center and Rehabs use EMDR Therapy for PTSD. EMDR was developed in 1987 by Dr. Francine Shapiro, a psychologist who found that using this method helped relieve negative thoughts. She adapted it into her work and found similar results in her clients struggling with anxiety and unresolved trauma.
EMDR therapy sessions consist of a one-on-one therapy session in which the therapist instructs Veterans to follow the movements of their fingers, hand motions, or flashing lights with their eyes. Then the therapist will have the client engage in a form of exposure therapy, recounting the images, thoughts, and feelings during the disturbing event that caused their anxiety or trauma. After a while, the therapist will slowly steer away from the negative thoughts and emotions towards more positive ones. The entire session will last about 60 minutes.
Studies have shown that EMDR therapy for PTSD is an effective alternative in treating Veterans. Many Veterans experience success in their treatment with EMDR sooner compared to previous types of psychotherapy. It was widely believed that recovery from a severe traumatic event would take years. This form of exposure therapy proves that psychological trauma can be healed as quickly as it recovers from physical trauma.
The 8 Phases of EMDR
How the Brain Recovers Using EMDR
The brain is a processing system for information that will naturally guide towards positive mental health. When a person is confronted with a negative experience, the brain will work to process information quickly and then discard it. However, when a traumatic event occurs, it becomes an “infected wound”, causing harmful effects.
The ultimate goal at our Veterans Rehab is to do what is right for the client to give them their best chance at recovery. With eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy, Veterans heal from traumatic events. Learn how you can be treated for your PTSD or anxiety disorder. Our Veterans Rehab can help you take the first step to a life of limitless possibilities.