In Chicago, IL
Emotional Architect Ltd. uses EMDR as one of its primary therapeutic interventions in processing trauma.
What is it?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches.
Who is it for?
- If you’ve been diagnosed with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
- If you have a history of trauma but aren't sure if you have PTSD we can assess you.
How does it work?
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. EMDR uses rapid sets of eye movements to help you update disturbing experiences, much like what occurs when we sleep. During sleep, we alternate between regular sleep and REM (rapid eye movement). This sleep pattern helps you process things that are troubling you.
EMDR mimics this sleep pattern by alternating between sets of eye movements and brief reports about what you are noticing. This alternating process helps you update your memories to a healthier present perspective.
How many sessions will it take?
The length of time that it takes is dependent upon the complexity of your problems. Frequently, EMDR is only one of several treatment approaches that will be used to help you reach your treatment goals.
What if I already have an awesome therapist?
You don’t have to give up your therapist to receive EMDR from us. We can work in collaboration with your therapist to focus on a specific issue.
What if I have a history of dissociation?
Dissociation happens on a spectrum. Dissociation does not preclude you from EMDR. We can assess for the level of dissociation to ensure EMDR is a good fit. If you’ve been diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) Emotional Architect Ltd would not be able to provide EMDR. However, we will help you connect to an EMDR therapist that specializes in that level of dissociation.