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EMDR Therapy

EMDR Therapy Austin

EMDR Therapy with Crestone Wellness

In the vast realm of therapeutic approaches, EMDR therapy stands out as a beacon of hope for many grappling with the shadows of trauma and addiction. Whether it’s memories from a distant past or recent unsettling events, the debilitating effects of trauma can linger, holding individuals back from experiencing life to its fullest and leading them down the road of addiction and substance abuse. At Crestone Wellness, our therapists are trained in EMDR therapy and are passionate about helping individuals recover from trauma and addiction.

What is EMDR Therapy?

Origins of EMDR

Developed in the late 1980s by Francine Shapiro, EMDR, or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, was initially a fortuitous discovery that quickly gained traction in the therapeutic world. By the time the new millennium dawned, it had been globally accepted and recognized as a primary technique and evidence-based treatment of trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

How Does EMDR Work?

At its core, EMDR is a trauma therapy that operates on a rather intuitive idea: our brains, much like the rest of our bodies, possess the inherent capability to heal. However, at times, traumatic experiences and disturbing memories can cause interruptions or blockages that impede this natural healing. With the help of an EMDR therapist, EMDR therapy works as a facilitator, helping to remove these blockages and allowing the brain to resume its natural healing process. This method involves bilateral stimulation, often through guided eye movements, which assists clients in processing and integrating distressing memories.

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Trauma, Addiction, and the Role of EMDR

The Interwoven Threads of Trauma and Addiction

Trauma and addiction are often deeply intertwined. Traumatic experiences such as natural disasters, abuse, or relational trauma can leave individuals grappling with overwhelming emotions and low self-esteem, in an attempt to cope or numb the pain, some may turn to substances or addictive behaviors. This isn’t merely about seeking pleasure but more about seeking relief from the relentless pain that trauma can inflict.

EMDR's Breakthrough Approach

EMDR therapy offers a promising approach to addressing the root causes of addiction, different from typical talk therapy. Instead of merely addressing the symptoms, it delves deep into the traumatic memories fueling the addictive behaviors. By processing these memories and neutralizing their emotional charge, EMDR can reduce the pull of addiction, providing individuals with healthier coping mechanisms.

The Transformative Journey

EMDR doesn’t promise a quick fix. It promises a transformative journey. By unpacking and resolving traumatic memories, individuals often find that the urges and triggers fueling their addictions begin to diminish, paving the way for genuine healing and recovery.

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Benefits of EMDR Therapy

Addressing deep-seated traumas

Whether it's trauma rooted in childhood or a recent traumatic event, EMDR digs deep. The therapy provides a non-threatening environment for individuals to face these memories head-on, reducing their emotional charge and helping to neutralize their impact.

Reduction in anxiety and depressive symptoms

EMDR isn't restricted to trauma alone. There's a growing body of evidence suggesting its efficacy in addressing symptoms of anxiety and depression. By addressing and resolving the underlying memories contributing to current anxieties, EMDR sets individuals on a clearer and more positive path forward.

Restoration of inner peace

Harmony isn't just external. EMDR recognizes the importance of inner peace, helping individuals shed the burdens of the past and reframe negative beliefs, ultimately leading to a more harmonious inner life.

Why Austin Chooses Crestone Wellness for EMDR Therapy

  • Highly-skilled therapists

    Therapists at Crestone Wellness aren't just certified in EMDR – they're passionate about it. Their in-depth training, combined with a genuine commitment to the well-being of their clients, ensures that every individual is in competent and caring hands.

  • Tailored therapeutic experiences

    Every person is unique, and so are their therapeutic needs. Crestone Wellness prides itself on its ability to craft personalized therapy sessions, ensuring every individual's specific needs are addressed effectively.

  • Community trust

    Trust is hard-earned and easily lost. Through consistent and dedicated service, Crestone Wellness has earned the trust and respect of the Austin community, establishing itself as the premier destination for EMDR therapy.

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How EMDR Therapy Works

Phases of treatment

EMDR therapy isn’t a monolithic experience. Comprising eight carefully curated phases, each stage addresses different facets of the therapeutic journey.

  1. History and Treatment Planning: This initial phase involves a comprehensive review of the client’s history, establishing trust, and crafting a treatment plan tailored to the individual’s unique needs.
  2. Preparation: Here, the therapist equips the client with various techniques for emotional self-regulation, ensuring they are mentally and emotionally prepared for the upcoming processing phases.
  3. Assessment: During this phase, the specific traumatic memories to be targeted are identified, and the client’s reactions to them are noted for later reprocessing.
  4. Desensitization: This core part of the EMDR process involves bilateral stimulation (like guided eye movements) while the client focuses on the traumatic memory. The goal here is to reduce the emotional charge associated with the memory.
  5. Installation: Here, the therapist and client work together to promote and strengthen positive beliefs, replacing the negative ones previously associated with the traumatic memory.
  6. Body Scan: After the reprocessing of memories, the client is asked to scan their body for any physical tension or unease. If any negative sensations are identified, these are processed further.
  7. Closure: After each session, the therapist ensures that the client returns to a state of equilibrium, often employing techniques learned in the preparation phase.
  8. Reevaluation: At subsequent sessions, previously processed memories are reviewed to ensure effective treatment, and any remaining issues are addressed.

While guided eye movements remain the most iconic technique, EMDR is adaptable, using tools like auditory or tactile bilateral stimulation. Whether it’s tapping or auditory tones, the therapy is customized to best fit the client.

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Absolutely! While eye movements are a well-known component of emdr, the therapy can also employ auditory and tactile bilateral stimulations, depending on the client's comfort and the therapist's assessment. This ensures that the therapy remains adaptable and tailored to the client's needs.

Preparing for Your EMDR Session

Setting expectations

EMDR sessions can be profoundly transformative, often evoking a range of emotions. Clients are advised to come dressed comfortably and with an open mind. The journey through therapy is deeply personal, and every step, every revelation, is a part of the healing process.

Aftercare and Integration

After an EMDR session, the emotional landscape can vary widely. Crestone Wellness provides clients with tools and techniques for self-soothing, ensuring that they have the resources to process post-session emotions effectively.

Your Journey to Recovery Starts at Crestone Wellness

In Austin’s vibrant landscape, Crestone Wellness stands as a lighthouse for those seeking healing. The power of EMDR therapy, amplified by the expertise at Crestone, offers a promise: a life where past traumas don’t dictate the future.

If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction and/or trauma, get in touch with Crestone Wellness today. We are dedicated to providing effective therapy and treatment to set you on the right path to recovery.

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Reach Out to Start on Your Road to Recovery

If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, get in touch with us at Crestone Wellness today. We’ll help you find the best residential treatment program for your needs.

We are here to walk with you every step of the way toward a healthier, more vibrant future.

Help & FAQ

What to Know About EMDR Therapy in Austin

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It’s a therapeutic approach specifically designed to alleviate distress associated with traumatic memories, helping individuals process these memories and reduce their harmful impact.

Typically, an EMDR session can last between 50 to 90 minutes. However, the duration might vary based on the individual’s needs and where they are in their therapeutic journey. Some sessions, especially initial ones, might be more about building rapport and understanding the client’s history.
EMDR therapy can be immensely beneficial for many individuals, especially those dealing with trauma. However, its suitability can vary based on individual circumstances, which is why it’s imperative to consult with a professional who is EMDR trained and EMDR certified to determine if EMDR is the right therapeutic approach for you.
The number of sessions required can differ widely based on the individual and the depth and nature of the traumas being addressed. While some individuals might find significant relief from panic attacks and anxiety in just a few sessions, others might benefit from a more extended therapeutic journey.

Absolutely! While eye movements are a well-known component of EMDR, the therapy can also employ auditory and tactile bilateral stimulations, depending on the client’s comfort and the therapist’s assessment. This ensures that the therapy remains adaptable and tailored to the client’s needs.

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