Therapy for Trauma and PTSD – EMDR
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a method of psychotherapy that has been extensively researched and has proven effective for the treatment of trauma. To date, EMDR has helped an estimated two million people of all ages relieve many types of psychological stress. This approach uses a bilateral stimulation technique (described below) within a set of eight phases that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches.
Will EMDR help me?
EMDR helps resolve disturbing memories stemming from traumatic events like:
- Sexual, physical, or emotional abuse
- Complicated grief and loss
- Family or relationship/partner violence
- Rape and sexual assault
- Physical accidents
- Being a survivor or witness to a violent crime
- Being a veteran of war or a relief/emergency worker
New Beginnings: Affordable EMDR
New Beginnings is a TCP program specifically designed to help low-income women have access to an effective form of trauma therapy called EMDR. Speak with your therapist (call 215.567.1111 ext. 4) or the intake coordinator (call 215.567.1111 ext. 812) to see if you are eligible.
The New Beginnings Program was generously funded by the Barra Foundation, a private, not-for-profit philanthropic organization that primarily serves the five-county area of Greater Philadelphia. The Foundation’s principal focus is to make one-time and multi-year grants for innovative projects that aid in advancing the frontiers of knowledge in the fields of arts and culture, education, health, and human services. The Foundation has placed itself at the forefront of innovation in the field of women’s therapy.
Am I Eligible for EMDR?
You do not have to have any diagnosis to be eligible to participate in WTC’s EMDR the program. You are a good fit if you have a history or a recent experience that was traumatizing to you. This program gives priority to women with annual incomes of $23,000 or less, in accordance with WTC’s mission to remove financial barriers for women and offer high quality services to women who otherwise could not access this kind of support.
What if My Income Exceeds the Limit?
If you are interested in EMDR and have an annual income of over $23,000, we may be able to assign you to one of our EMDR trained therapists at WTC or we will assist you in finding a provider with this expertise outside of our agency.
History and Science of EMDR
No one knows how any form of psychotherapy works neurobiologically or in the brain. However, we do know that when a person is very upset, their brain cannot process information as it does ordinarily. One moment becomes “frozen in time,” and remembering a trauma may feel as bad as going through it the first time because the images, sounds, smells, and feelings haven’t changed. Such memories can have a lasting negative effect that interferes with the way a person sees the world and the way they relate to other people.
EMDR seems to have a direct effect on the way that the brain processes information. Following a successful EMDR session, normal information processing is resumed. A person no longer relives the images, sounds, and feelings when the event is brought to mind. You still remember what happened, but it is less upsetting. Many types of therapy have similar goals. However, EMDR appears to be similar to what occurs naturally during dreaming or REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. Therefore, EMDR can be thought of as a physiologically based therapy that helps a person see disturbing material in a new and less distressing way. The eight phase framework includes introduction, preparation, assessment, desensitization through bilateral stimulation (eye movements, taps, vibrating pulses, and audio tones), installation, body scan, closure, and reevaluation.
If you want to learn more about how the treatment works or about the eight phases, you can visit: www.emdrnetwork.org/description.html
“EMDR… it is so hard to explain but it works! It took the juice, the power out of what I was so afraid of. Now my trauma is just a ghost of a memory.” A.H., 32 y.o.
” I was really skeptical at first about using EMDR. I didn’t want to go back there to that ugly place. Then the technique helped me understand the experience in a completely new way. It is so freeing.” S.R., 46 y.o.
“… it was like emotional surgery and totally worth it.” J.B. 25 y.o.