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woman laughing at an emdr therapy program In some cases, trauma and other negative experiences can lead to substance abuse and other maladaptive life choices. Sometimes, it can feel like there is no way to escape these negative consequences. However, when you contact Harmony Hills and ask us about our EMDR therapy program, you’ll learn that we can provide you with the tools to cope with your trauma. EMDR therapy is a non-invasive treatment method that helps you reprocess traumatic events. It’s also an evidence-based psychotherapy, meaning that experts in psychological trauma and addiction have studied it extensively. As a result, we have verifiable proof that this treatment method is an effective tool for treating trauma and addiction.

At Harmony Hills, we’re proud to offer a wide array of therapeutic methods to help give you the best possible chance of long term recovery. To learn more about our EMDR therapy program, contact the team at Harmony Hills today by calling 855.494.0357.

What is an EMDR Therapy Program?

Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy (EMDR) helps guests work through trauma and disturbing memories alongside the substance addictions they wish to overcome.

This psychotherapy was developed in the 1980s to treat people who had post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD is an anxiety disorder characterized by distressing memories, flashbacks, or stimuli that makes people relive the trauma they wish to forget. With the help of an EMDR therapy program, however, we can address the trauma and help you take the next step into life.

How is an EMDR Therapy Program Different From Other Therapeutic Methods?

EMDR therapy is different from other trauma-focused psychotherapies in that it focuses on the memory and changes how the brain stores that particular memory. Other treatments focus on changing the emotions, thoughts, and responses resulting from traumatic experiences. EMDR also does not require guests to have extended exposure to the upsetting memory or detailed descriptions of the trauma experienced.

The goal of EMDR therapy is to help desensitize a person to any memories that can cause anxiety, panic, or stress. This therapy lets the brain’s information processing system create new internal associations as you focus on the thoughts, feelings, memories, and other associations that you may be feeling during the treatment.

What Happens During an EMDR Therapy Program?

During an EMDR therapy program session, the therapist works with the person as they revisit a memory of a negative encounter. The therapist guides the person as they reprocess the memory for short periods that can last as little as 30 seconds.

During that time, the therapist may wave a finger or two back and forth and ask you to follow the movement with your eyes. Conversely, the therapist may use tapping movements, vibrations, or tones in one ear on different sides of the body. The stimuli that occur as you remember the trauma helps the client reframe their thoughts and emotions about the distressing memory.

People of different ages and backgrounds have found EMDR helpful in reducing stress and anxiety and boosting overall health and well-being.

Contact Harmony Hills to Learn More

At Harmony Hills, we realize that when you’re battling trauma and addiction, you may feel like you can’t escape. Fortunately, that is not true. We can give you the care and support you need to break free from these debilitating conditions. We offer several addiction treatment programs, including:

You don’t have to be trapped in addiction and trauma. With the help of our EMDR therapy program, you can blossom into the person you’ve always wanted to be. To learn more about the treatment options we offer, contact Harmony Hills today at 855.494.0357.