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Transformative Healing with EMDR Therapy

EMDR stands for – Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. Scottsdale Providence offers EMDR therapy to clients suffering from a post-traumatic stress disorder and other trauma-related distress. As trauma is common among those struggling with addiction and mental health disorders, this type of therapy is a natural fit for inclusion in a comprehensive treatment program.


Extensive scientific and clinical research has determined that EMDR is an effective method to help people heal from their past traumatic experiences. It’s believed that past traumatic experiences continue to cause problems in our lives when the memory of that experience is not processed properly. Unprocessed memories contain all the negative emotions, thoughts and even the physical sensations that were present at the time of the event. When these memories are triggered, so are the negative elements of the initial event, causing symptoms of PTSD or other mental health disorders.

EMDR therapy incorporates the use of eye movements and other forms of rhythmic bilateral (left-right) stimulation (for example, taps or tones). While clients simultaneously focus on the trauma memory and experience bilateral stimulation, the pain and distress of the memory are reduced. This type of therapy is intended to change how the memory is stored in the brain, thereby lowering or even eradicating the distressing symptoms. Anyone who has suffered past trauma can benefit from EMDR.


If it’s determined that EMDR is a good fit for your needs and goals, you’ll meet with a counselor once a week for 6-12 weeks. Some clients benefit from fewer sessions; the duration of therapy depends on your progress.

The Eight phases Of EMDR therapy

History & Treatment Planning

The therapist assesses your readiness for EMDR and develops a treatment plan. Together, you’ll identify potential targets (past traumatic events) for EMDR processing.


During this phase, your therapist explains the procedures to you and introduces some stress reduction techniques you can use if any emotional disturbances arise after a session.


Collaboratively, therapist and client identify target traumatic memories, exploring associated negative beliefs and emotions. A baseline disturbance level is established for progress monitoring.


Using bilateral stimulation, typically eye movements, the therapist guides the client in processing traumatic memories. This adaptive process reduces emotional intensity and desensitizes the individual to associated distress.


In this phase, the therapist strengthens positive beliefs and emotions, replacing negative associations linked to the traumatic memory. Positive beliefs are integrated using bilateral stimulation.

Body Scan

Focused on addressing residual physical tension or emotional disturbance associated with the traumatic memory, the therapist and client employ bilateral stimulation for a comprehensive resolution.


This ends the session. If the traumatic memory is not fully processed in the session, you’ll receive techniques to remain calm and safe in between sessions.


The next session begins with this phase, in which you and your therapist discuss your progress. You’ll determine if any new areas need treatment and which targets to continue processing.

Freedom is possible

EMDR therapy is being used with great success to treat PTSD, grief, abuse—the symptoms of which are linked to drug and alcohol addiction. The benefits of EMDR include improved self-esteem, reduced stress, and the release of distress related to old ideas and memories. Such benefits lead to long-lasting behavioral changes.

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