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Psychological Trauma Treatment

We provide effective treatment of psychological trauma-based challenges. Our treatment can be best characterized as a processing and experiential intervention.  From this perspective, problematic symptoms can be referred to as information-processing disorders; trauma can be viewed as a problem in the processing of memory and related body sensations.  Processing therapies such as Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR) work by activating the brain in ways that cause it to process distressing memories stuck in the brain. This leads to natural restoration and adaptive resolution of the memory, decreased emotional and body sensation distress, and linkage to positive memory networks rather than distressing ones. When a traumatic event or distressing memory is processed to completion, the facts of the event remain but the emotions and body sensations no longer control you; you are able to remember it but do not experience the old sensations, emotions, and distressing negative beliefs attached to it. 

(Accelerated Resolution Therapy)

Accelerated resolution therapy (ART) is an evidence-based form of psychotherapy that utilizes back-and-forth eye movements to help clients address trauma, PTSD, depression, anxiety, and phobias. ART and EMDR both use eye movements and likely activate similar neurological processing of emotion as well as memory consolidation, retrieval, and storage. In this way, they can be thought of as a neurological intervention for traumatic memories. When experiencing ART, you might find that you connect pieces of information that are already stored in memory to help you resolve your issues. The brain makes new connections with the person's strengths and problem-solving abilities.  When initially thinking about your problem during therapy, you may feel some of your usual unease about it. Clients quickly pass beyond their anxiety or sadness to first experience calm and then, as the problem loses its hold on them, relief. It is different from EMDR, however, in that it is more structured, more focused on the reduction of body and emotional distress during the sessions and appears to result in faster recovery when compared to EMDR.

Evidence to date shows that the changes made with ART will be long-lasting at the completion of ART treatment.  ART is a focused eye movement therapy and, as such, can produce quick, effective, and safe results in the treatment of PTSD, anxiety, depression, phobias, relationship issues, and grief, to name a few. ART is effective with adults as well as children.

(Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy)

EMDR is an evidence-based therapy targeting dysfunctionally stored memories.  Problematic memories are transitioned from being isolated and stuck in emotion regulation centers of the brain to the neocortex where they are metabolized into existing adaptive memory networks.  EMDR helps people address and work through memories and emotions to resume normal, adaptive, and healthy co-existence with their past experiences. An experience that may have triggered a negative response may no longer affect them the way it used to after EMDR treatment. Difficult experiences will likely become less upsetting.  The EMDR process is less directed and procedural but like ART, can result in long-lasting successful outcomes. 

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