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    EMDR

    About EMDR

    EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing and is a form of therapy that helps people heal from trauma and other distressing life experiences.

    Experiencing trauma can block the brain’s natural way to recover from distressing events. EMDR is designed to reactivate this natural healing process through alternating eye movements, sounds, or taps. I have seen how amazing EMDR has been for my clients. It is incredible to watch their healing process with EMDR and the impact that healing has had on their lives.

    The following 9-minute video provides you with an introduction to EMDR.

    For more information about EMDR please go to EMDRIA.org

    Effectiveness

    • Some studies show that 84-90% of single-trauma victims no longer have PTSD after only 3 sessions
    • Another study found that 100% of the single trauma victims and 77% of multiple trauma victims were no longer diagnosed with PTSE after only 6 sessions
    • In another study, 77% of combat veterans were free from PTSD in 12 sessions
    • EMDR is now recognized as an effective form of treatment for trauma and other disturbing experiences by organizations such as the American Psychiatric Association, the World Health Organization, and the Department of Defense
    • EMDR is effective for people not diagnosed with PTSD as well, but are still impacted by painful memories

    Treatment Frequency

    We offer weekly 53-55 minutes sessions for EMDR. This is the most common choice and is often a good frequency around work and home schedules.

    The formal EMDR protocol is based on a 90-minute weekly session and is very effective with this length of time. Insurance will typically cover these appointments for those diagnosed with PTSD. For those with other diagnoses who would like the extended session, the first hour would be billed to your insurance and you would be responsible for the remaining 30-minutes and any co-pay or co-insurance. Two-hour sessions are also available, with a similar billing structure. 

    EMDR Intensives

    An intensive is a way to provide treatment in an intensive but shorter period of time. Research shows that intensive therapy for trauma and stress can be extremely effective in symptom reduction.

    Intensive sessions are available dependent on the clinical recommendation following a thorough assessment and scheduling availability. The assessment can take 2-3 sessions and includes various questionnaires to help identify targets for EMDR and your goals as well as gathering background information. A review of relevant previous mental health records and consultation with your current therapist (if you have one) can aid in the assessment.

    While many clients are good candidates for an intensive, some may do better with an ongoing therapeutic relationship. Clients with long-term childhood abuse or neglect, who have had years of traumatic events, are typically not advised to do an intensive. Some exceptions can be made for those currently under the care of a trusted provider that they can return to. Clients with this type of history can make progress on particular parts of the events, but often are not finished with treatment and need to continue with their regular therapist following the intensive.

    Ideal candidates are those who have had a single stressful or traumatic event, such as an assault, fire, or car accident.

    Benefits of intensive sessions

    • Research shows that clients completing intensive treatment can make as much progress in the condensed format as in standard weekly sessions. This can eliminate weeks or months of living with trauma symptoms, and with the toll, this takes on work, relationships, marriages, parenting, and general wellbeing.
    • Since sessions are completed over two or three days it greatly reduces lost work time.
    • While there is a larger upfront cost, the shorter duration of treatment overall can save money.
    • Intensives are being studied in the literature as a state-of-the-art modality for trauma.

    EMDR Intensive Offered

    Two types of EMDR Intensives are available at Mind Revolution Counseling and Consulting. This does not include a thorough assessment done prior to the intensive sessions. 

    • Intensive #1 consists of one 3-4 hour session (with regular breaks) per week
    • Intensive #2 consists of three 90-120 minute sessions per day for 2 consecutive days. There will be breaks for meals, rest, and self-care. These are typically scheduled on a Friday and Saturday.

    Insurance does not cover the costs of intensives as they are not part of coverage plans. There are also no insurance codes for intensives for billing, so clients cannot submit claims to insurance themselves.

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