Trauma & EMDR

Traumatic experiences can be very hard to get through. You may well be surprised by what your subconscious mind considers to be a traumatic experience. Being berated at work, learning of a loved one’s illness or having intrusive thoughts can trigger symptoms of trauma. Of course, so can personal life-changing experiences such as childhood neglect, combat exposure, or physical, emotional and sexual abuse.

Trauma therapy can help you learn to manage and mitigate the painful effects of trauma. Our therapists can help give you the ability to accept and heal your traumatic experiences. We’re ready to hear your personal story and help you understand and reduce the impact of trauma in your life. 

Do I Need Trauma Counseling?

If you have been struggling to recover from a traumatic experience, then trauma therapy can help. If you are having trouble with intrusive thoughts, disassociation, nightmares, anxiety, depression, panic, or other difficult symptoms, then trauma therapy may be right for you. 

How Does Trauma Therapy Work?

After getting to know you and the details of your specific situation, our highly trained therapists will work closely with you to create an integrated treatment plan.

Your personal trauma treatment plan may integrate Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), mindfulness, meditation and/or traditional talk therapy. You might benefit from EMDR, an evidence based treatment approach for trauma and other mental health challenges.

What is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)? 

EMDR is a scientific method of therapy that is a proven treatment for trauma. EMDR has helped more than 2 million people in their recovery from trauma and psychological stress.

EMDR incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches and is employed to reduce the strong emotions resulting from past traumatic experiences that intrusively interfere with your present-day life. For example, it is often helpful in reducing the effects of chronic childhood abuse and other difficult child and adult experiences, as well as from acute events (e.g., accidents, natural disasters and crime, etc.). EMDR has also been used to treat a variety of issues, including: anxiety and panic attacks, phobias, complicated grief, depression and other difficulties.

EMDR focuses on reducing the impact of traumatic events by desensitizing the trauma, so that its association with potential triggers is mitigated. It can also help people think differently about themselves and the world in relation to the trauma. EMDR stimulates a natural healing mechanism allowing for spontaneous movement toward health.

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Chicago

Millennium Plaza
155 N Michigan Ave,
Suites 325-326
Chicago, IL 60601
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Evanston

2530 Crawford Ave
Suite 301
Evanston, IL 60201
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