What is EMDR?

emdr-therapy“Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is a one-on-one form of psychotherapy that is designed to reduce trauma-related stress, anxiety, and depression symptoms associated with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and to improve overall mental health functioning”. (NREPP, 2010)

Addiction and Trauma

Alcohol and drug addiction coupled with trauma related conditions may be especially complex and integrated treatment has been shown to produce the best outcomes for recovering people with both conditions.

Dawn Farm provides clients with trauma symptoms access to clinical specialists trained in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. Clinicians practicing EMDR at Dawn Farm have completed EMDR Institute approved training in EMDR, and have received clinical consultation by EMDR Institute approved trainers.

How many EMDR Sessions will I need?

While there are significant differences in the duration and severity of clients’ trauma histories, a client that has experienced a single incident trauma may be resolved in as few as 5 sessions (most will experience improvement with 2-3 EMDR 90 minute therapy sessions), while EMDR with clients who have a more complex trauma history may take longer.

Efficacy of EMDR

Over 20 controlled studies have examined the effects of EMDR and have regularly determined that use of EMDR effectively eliminates or decreases the symptoms of PTSD for the majority of clients.

World Health Organization (2013). Guidelines for the Management of Conditions That are Specifically Related to Stress. Geneva, WHO.

  • Trauma-focused CBT and EMDR are the only psychotherapies recommended for children, adolescents and adults with PTSD.

American Psychiatric Association (2004). Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Acute Stress Disorder and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Association Practice Guidelines.

  • EMDR therapy was determined to be an effective treatment of trauma.

Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense (2004, 2010). VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Post-Traumatic Stress. Washington, DC.

  • EMDR therapy was placed in the “A” category as “strongly recommended” for the treatment of trauma.

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