Eye Movement Desensitization and
If you want to recover from PTSD using EMDR and live in or near Phoenix, Arizona, call
602.750.8051 for an appointment.
Symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a serious condition that sometimes develops following a traumatic event that is either experienced or witnessed. People with PTSD may experience some of the following symptoms—
- Repeatedly reliving the trauma in the form of nightmares and disturbing memories during the day
- Sleep problems or changes in appetite
- Feel detached or numb
- Easily startled, on edge, overly alert
- Tendency to avoid long-term thinking
- Loss of interest in things you used to enjoy
- Sadness, despair, or hopelessness
- Trouble feeling affectionate
- Difficulty trusting others
- Trouble concentrating on daily activities
- Distress when encountering situations that remind you of the trauma
- Avoidance of situations that remind you of the trauma
Eight Phases of EMDR Therapy
EMDR therapy has been shown to be highly effective when treating PTSD.
- Phase 1: History and Treatment Planning. The therapist will discuss with you the problem that brought you into therapy. One unique aspect of EMDR is that you do not need to go into any detail for the treatment to be effective.
- Phase 2: Preparation. The therapist will explain the EMDR therapy process in more detail and will teach you techniques that you can use later in treatment to calm yourself when you feel overwhelmed. These may include breathing techniques and mental images that give you a feeling of safety and positive self-worth.
- Phase 3: Assessment. The therapist will help you identify a traumatic image and an associated negative cognition that you wish to change. You will also identify a positive cognition which will replace the negative cognition.
- Phase 4: Desensitization. You will focus on the traumatic image, the negative cognition and disturbing emotions and body sensations. The therapist will lead you through a set of eye movements or other forms of stimulation such as alternate hand-tapping or bilateral auditory tones. As the original discomfort lessens, the therapist may guide you to focus on additional traumatic images, negative cognitions or disturbing emotions and body sensations as a target for desensitization.
- Phase 5: Installation. Through the use of eye movements or other forms of stimulation, the therapist will help you strengthen and reinforce the positive cognition.
- Phase 6: Body scan. You will focus on the traumatic event and scan your body to see if there is any residual tension. If there is, you will repeat phases 4 and 5 to reprocess the event and remove the tension.
- Phase 7: Closure. The therapist will help you use self-calming techniques so that you end the session feeling better than when you started. The therapist will also guide you in what to expect between sessions and how to handle the thoughts and feelings that may occur.
- Phase 8: Reevaluation. At the beginning of each subsequent session, the therapist will check to make sure that the benefits of the previous sessions are still in effect. The therapist will identify new areas that need treatment and help you reprocess them as needed.
Benefits of EMDR Treatment for PSTD
EMDR treatment can have the following benefits—
- Ability to lead a more normal life without disturbing memories
- Better sleep
- Improved mood
- Ability to form trusting relationships
EMDR Therapy in Phoenix, Arizona
PTSD can be treated using EMDR. Deer Valley Counseling offers EMDR therapy to people in Phoenix, Glendale, Tempe, Mesa, Scottsdale and other cities in Arizona. PTSD can cause great emotional, relationship, career, and health difficulties. EMDR therapy can help. Call 602.750.8051 if you would like to discuss EMDR therapy.
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