Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
The Meadows is world-renowned for the use of state-of-the-art methodologies to treat unresolved emotional trauma. One of these methods is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), an effective therapy for treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
For many people, survival reactions are only experienced in short bursts, but those who suffer from chronic trauma symptoms experience longer-term survival reactions that leave issues unresolved. Talk therapy alone is not enough to resolve the chronic trauma symptoms left behind by the survival reaction. Nearly all patients who receive EMDR therapy report greater general wellness and significant decreases in trauma-related symptoms.
EMDR changes the way the brain responds to external stimuli. Therapy normally involves sensory input such as changing lights, gentle buzzing from handheld devices or sounds heard through headphones. As the sensory input switches back and forth from right to left, a patient tries to recall past trauma. Though the memories of the trauma remain, the chronic bodily and emotional reactions to the trauma dissolve.
EMDR and Trauma
EMDR is a powerful, effective, and safe method for alleviating the long-term psychological impact of traumatic experiences. The Meadows uses EMDR in a unique way by integrating it with Pia Mellody’s Model on Developmental Immaturity, which allows the therapy to more effectively minimize or eliminate psychological trauma.
Much research and many studies have been done on this approach, and it has been found to be safe and effective when administered by trained professionals. Because of our staff’s expertise in administering EMDR, particularly in the treatment of psychological trauma, The Meadows has accepted clients from many rehab centers.