At Corner Canyon Health Centers, we are an inpatient EMDR treatment center that specializes in treating trauma with Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Brainspotting, which builds on EMDR and shortens the therapy process, although we will talk primarily about EMDR in this article. EMDR therapy is a breakthrough in trauma treatment, a research-validated method, millions of people have been successfully treated over the past 25 years. Not all people experience ongoing reactions to trauma, called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, but when they do it can create ongoing problems in their lives. Corner Canyon therapists work with clients to access and process traumatic memories and other adverse life experiences in order to assess an adaptive resolution. When left untreated, trauma and emotional distress may never be resolved and continue to cause problems for people who have experienced trauma. However, with trauma treatment such as EMDR therapy, the mind can heal from mental trauma just as the body can heal from physical trauma. The brain’s information processing system attempts to heal the mind but may become hindered by a traumatic event. With help from our expert staff and the EMDR therapy program, this hindrance can be overcome and the brain can begin its natural healing process. Our EMDR treatment center at Corner Canyon Health Centers is here to help treat trauma, but it can also help with anxiety, addiction, and eating disorders.
EMDR therapy is designed to treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder by having the client reconnect to images, self-thoughts, emotions, and body sensations associated with their trauma. This type of therapy is done in a safe and measured environment. As an outcome, the patient’s brain is healed and resolves itself in a natural and safe way.
Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR therapy training sessions, clinicians help clients activate their natural healing processes. EMDR therapy is an eight-phase treatment. Eye movements (or other bilateral stimulation) are used during one part of the session. After the clinician and client have determined which memory to target first, the therapist asks the client to hold different aspects of that event or thought in their mind and use their eyes to track the therapist’s hand as it moves back and forth across the client’s field of vision. This is believed to be connected with the biological mechanisms involved in Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep, which means internal associations arise and the clients begin to process the memory and disturbing feelings.
In successful EMDR therapy, the meaning of painful events is transformed on an emotional level. Unlike traditional talk therapy, clients gain insight from their own accelerated intellectual and emotional process and not as much from clinician interpretation. The overall effect is that clients conclude the treatment feeling empowered by the very experiences that once debased them. As a natural outcome of the EMDR therapeutic process, the client’s healthier thoughts, feelings, and behavior are all indicators of emotional health and resolution.
While Corner Canyon is based in Utah, we work with clients from all over the United States. Our inpatient EMDR treatment center is here to help resolve and heal past trauma. To learn more about Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, contact us today.