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EMDR & Accelerated Resolution Trauma Therapy in Utah

EMDR or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from symptoms of emotional distress like PTSD or past trauma. At Corner Canyon Health Center we offer inpatient EMDR Therapy in Utah. We specialize in treating PTSD and trauma through EMDR Therapy and Accelerated Resolution Therapy. Accelerated Resolution Therapy, often referred to as ART, is a form of psychotherapy with roots in existing evidence-based therapies but has shown to achieve benefits much more rapidly (usually within 1-5 sessions).

Clients suffering from trauma and other mental health problems such as:


Our EMDR Therapy in Utah also uses ART therapy. EMDR and ART therapy is a powerful, focused treatment method that works with EMDR therapy as a breakthrough in trauma treatment. This combination of EMDR treatment and ART trauma therapy has helped 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 trauma 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.

With trauma therapy such as EMDR therapy and ART, 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, and many other mental health issues.

What is EMDR Therapy and How Does It Work?

EMDR therapy is a focused approach to processing trauma and PTSD by having a client be reconnected to images, thoughts, emotions, or body sensations that are associated with their trauma. This type of trauma therapy works by allowing the natural healing powers of the brain to move toward an adaptive resolution.

The natural healing process of the brain can be facilitated through bilateral stimulation while the client is re-experiencing their trauma in a controlled environment. The brain reprocesses the traumatic feelings and information until it no longer becomes disruptive to a client’s life. The more the client is exposed to their trauma, the less negative feelings and symptoms become induced.

Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) also aids EMDR Treatment. ART is a powerful, focused treatment method that works to identify and process the sources of emotional/body pain as well as the source of the trauma.

What Can EMDR Help Treat?

While EMDR therapy was designed to help treat PTSD, it can also assist with reducing anxiety, sleep disturbances, panic disorder, and other symptoms that may be caused by an individual’s PTSD.


Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned during 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 trauma 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 trauma 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.

EMDR Therapy FAQs

What does EMDR therapy do?

EMDR therapy is a phased, focused trauma therapy that is used to treat PTSD and other symptoms by reconnecting a client to images, thoughts, emotions, or body sensations that are associated with their trauma. This type of trauma therapy works by allowing the natural healing powers of the brain to move toward an adaptive resolution.

What are the 8 steps of EMDR?

EMDR therapy consists of 8 separate phases. The eight phases are history taking, client preparation, assessment, desensitization, installation, body scan, closure, and reevaluation of treatment effect.

Does EMDR therapy really work?

Yes EMDR therapy really does work. Numerous controlled studies have shown that EMDR is an effective form of trauma therapy and helps alleviate the symptoms present with PTSD and other mental health disorders.

EMDR Therapy Utah

Corner Canyon is based in Utah and offers EMDR Therapy in Salt Lake City at our inpatient treatment center.  We also work with EMDR 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.

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