July 01, 2021
Veterans Program - Primary Therapist
One of the differentiators of HopeWay’s Veterans Program is that we offer all three of the most evidence-based and highly-recommended treatments for PTSD: Cognitive Processing Therapy, Prolonged Exposure Therapy, and EMDR. Veterans who enter HopeWay’s program collaborate with our medical and clinical team to determine the most appropriate therapy to address their concerns and achieve their goals.
What is EMDR?
EMDR is a popular treatment and its most scientifically-validated application is in the treatment of PTSD. Traumatic events can disrupt the functioning of the brain’s innate information processing system, causing the trauma memory to be stored dysfunctionally. As a result, the memory remains highly distressing, intrusive, and impacts emotions and beliefs. In EMDR therapy, clients are guided to recall the most upsetting aspects of the trauma, then the information processing system is “kick-started” using eye movements, tactile stimulation, or auditory tones. As the system resumes adaptive processing, the memory becomes less disturbing, and more positive feelings and insights emerge. Reprocessing is complete when there is minimal distress, a healthier perspective on the event, and physical discomfort resolves. Through this process, EMDR files the once-present memory away in the past, alleviating the symptoms of PTSD.
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