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EMDR Therapy Lakewood

Whether a large or small adverse event, all human beings will experience some level of trauma in their lives. For individuals who have suffered a severely traumatizing event, those experiences are stored in the body and in the brain. When triggered, those traumatic memories can have an extreme impact on their lives and cause them to experience:

  • Flashbacks

  • Nightmares

  • Intrusive Thoughts

  • Extreme reactions to ordinary situations.  

At our Lakewood Counseling Center we offer a specialized form of trauma therapy that can help. EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) is a form of therapy that directly impacts the way the brain stores adverse and traumatic memories and can get your feeling better, faster. 

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What is EMDR Therapy?

Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an “empirically validated psychotherapy approach” that is effective at  treating the negative effects of trauma and negative life experiences. EMDR therapy has the ability to bring about substantial improvement in shorter periods of time.
Recommended by the American Psychiatric Association, EMDR is a multi- phased and comprehensive therapeutic approach that incorporates specific protocols to target disturbing memories and traumatic events that often lead to debilitating mental conditions. 
EMDR therapy can be tailored to the unique needs of each individual client and often pay careful attention to images, emotions, beliefs, resiliency, physical responses, awareness, and interpersonal systems in achieving positive outcomes. When focusing in on the images and emotions associated with the traumatic memory, your therapist will use a bilateral rapid eye movement protocol that's purpose is to reprocess the way your brain stores those memories so that you are relieved of the debilitating effects of trauma. 

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What to Expect

The protocol for EMDR therapy uses a structured multi- pronged protocol.

  • Phase 1: History taking - This is the starting point for therapy treatment. Your therapist will gather background information to help attune to the clients needs.

  • Phase 2: Preparation- This determines the client's readiness for the EMDR process, your therapist will explain the process in detail so you know what to expect.

  • Phase 3: Assessment- The therapist will guild you in accessing the target traumatic memory that you will work to reprocess

  • Phase 4-6: Reprocess- You will work with your therapist for a number of sessions to reprocess the traumatic memory. This will include fast bilateral brain stimulation with rapid eye movements which  is used to activate the client’s information processing system for 20–30 s at a time with a brief check in to ensure that the process is progressing.

  • Phase 7- Closure 

  • Phase 8- Follow Up 

EMDR therapy often takes multiple sessions to begin to see results. Your EMDR therapist will make sure the treatment plan is aligned with the results recorded at the end of each session. The ultimate goal is for the patient to experience fewer negative beliefs, physical sensations, PTSD symptoms, and traumatic body sensations.



EMDR works directly on the brain by transforming the way trauma is stored in the neural memory networks. While the memory of the event remains intact, its haunting effect can diminish greatly. The emotional pull of the event loosens its grip and the adverse symptoms of the trauma begin to fade away.

From debilitating panic attacks, anxiety, flashbacks and intrusive thoughts, to positive belief and living with ease. EMDR therapy can quickly get you back on track after as little as 6-12 sessions with your therapist. 

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We’re Here to Help!

At our Lakewood Counseling Center there are a wide variety of professional counseling solutions you can choose from. With your history and cultural background in mind, we meet your unique needs with a specialized treatment plan that is laser focused on reaching your goals. Our combination of experience and training make us a great choice for Lakewood EMDR therapy.

Our innovative approach and experienced clinicians provides a unique combination of evidence-based methods in individual and group therapy tailored to meet your specific needs.

If you're struggling with the effects of trauma in your life, getting help from a therapist trained in EMDR therapy can be life changing. We recognize that there are a number of different approaches to effective treatment. And our experts can match you to the best therapy for you!