EMDR Treatment for PTSD

Jul 8, 2019


Welcome to Alison K Bowles, Ma, Lmhc - your trusted destination for EMDR treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Our highly experienced team of mental health professionals is committed to providing exceptional care and support to individuals seeking relief from the debilitating effects of past trauma.

Understanding PTSD

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric disorder that can occur following the experience or witnessing of a traumatic event, such as military combat, natural disasters, serious accidents, or instances of physical or emotional abuse. This condition often leads to distressing symptoms, including intrusive memories, flashbacks, nightmares, intense anxiety, and avoidance behavior.

What is EMDR?

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a highly effective and evidence-based therapy approach specifically designed to treat PTSD and related psychological trauma. Developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro, EMDR therapy integrates elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), psychodynamic therapy, and bilateral stimulation to facilitate the processing and resolution of traumatic memories.

How Does EMDR Work?

EMDR treatment involves a comprehensive eight-phase process focused on addressing past traumatic events and their associated distressing symptoms. The therapist guides the client through various eye movements, taps, or sounds while they mentally revisit the traumatic memory.

Phase 1: History Taking

During this initial phase, your EMDR therapist will conduct a thorough assessment to gain a comprehensive understanding of your history, symptoms, and goals. This information will help guide the treatment process and ensure a highly personalized approach.

Phase 2: Preparation

In this phase, your therapist will assist you in developing essential coping skills and relaxation techniques to manage distressing emotions effectively. This preparation helps establish a sense of safety and stability before diving into the more intensive trauma processing phases.

Phase 3-6: Trauma Processing

These phases involve targeting specific traumatic memories, processing associated emotions, and reprocessing limiting beliefs that have resulted from the traumatic experiences. Your therapist will use bilateral stimulation techniques to facilitate the efficient processing and desensitization of distressing memories.

Phase 7-8: Closure and Reevaluation

During the closure phase, the therapist helps you reorient and stabilize before concluding each session. In the reevaluation phase, your therapist will assess treatment progress and address any residual distress that may need further processing.

Benefits of EMDR Treatment

EMDR therapy has shown remarkable success rates in reducing the symptoms of PTSD and helping individuals regain control over their lives. Some benefits of EMDR treatment include:

  • Significant reduction in intrusive thoughts and memories
  • Decreased anxiety and avoidance behaviors
  • Improved emotional regulation and stability
  • Enhanced self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Restored sense of safety and control
  • Improved overall well-being and quality of life

Why Choose Alison K Bowles, Ma, Lmhc?

At Alison K Bowles, Ma, Lmhc, we understand the unique challenges faced by individuals dealing with PTSD and trauma-related disorders. Our therapist, Alison K Bowles, is an experienced EMDR practitioner who utilizes a compassionate and evidence-based approach to help you overcome trauma and reclaim a fulfilling life. She creates a safe and supportive environment where you can heal at your own pace.

Alison K Bowles, Ma, Lmhc offers individualized treatment plans tailored to your specific needs. Our services extend beyond EMDR therapy and include various modalities aimed at holistically addressing your mental health concerns.

Contact Us for EMDR Treatment Today

If you are ready to embark on the journey of healing and find relief from PTSD, reach out to Alison K Bowles, Ma, Lmhc. We are here to support you every step of the way. Schedule an appointment with us today and take the first step towards reclaiming your life!

Disclaimer: This website is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a qualified healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding PTSD or any other medical condition.