EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy, people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health. If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering. Once the block is removed, healing resumes.

EMDR therapy facilitates adaptive information processing. Through EMDR therapy, patients are able to reprocess traumatic information until it is no longer psychologically disruptive and in a way that leads to a peaceful resolution. This often results in increased insight regarding both previously disturbing events and long held negative thoughts about the self. For example, an assault victim may come to realize that she was not to blame for what happened, that the event is really over, and, as a result he can regain a general sense of safety in his world.

The amount of time the complete treatment will take depends upon the history of the client. Treatment sessions consist of three parts, 1-past memories, 2-present disturbance, and 3- future actions. These are needed to alleviate the symptoms and address the complete clinical picture. The goal of EMDR therapy is to process completely the experiences that are causing problems, and to include new ones that are needed for full health. EMDR therapy consists of 8 phases: 1) clinical assessment; 2) grounding techniques; 3-6) processing; 7) closure and 8) the next session. “Processing” does not mean talking about it. “Processing” means setting up a learning state that will allow experiences that are causing problems to be “digested” and stored appropriately in your brain. That means that what is useful to you from an experience will be learned, and stored with appropriate emotions in your brain, and be able to guide you in positive ways in the future. The inappropriate emotions, beliefs, and body sensations will be discarded. Negative emotions, feelings and behaviors are generally caused by unresolved earlier experiences that are pushing you in the wrong directions. The goal of EMDR therapy is to leave you with the emotions, understanding, and perspectives that will lead to healthy and useful behaviors and interactions.

The Family Care Center has many providers trained and certified in EMDR therapy and are ready to assist you with your recovery.

Research indicates that 60-70% of couples can make some improvements in their relationships with short term couples’ therapy. The Family Care Center has Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists who can help. Every relationship is different and as unique as the two people in it and we feel it is important to identify and address those issues that are specific to your relationship.

It is our goal to help each couple realize improved engagement in their lives and to equip our clients with skills to progress and grow. The Marriage and Family Therapists at Family Care Center have been trained in many different therapeutic modalities to help couples achieve success in their relationships. Techniques or modalities that might be used are the Gottman Method, DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) for Couples and EFT (Emotion-Focused Therapy) for Couples.

Couples therapy will help you gain problem solving skills that change the “blame game” to a win-win problem-solving process to resolution of each of the issues on which they have been stuck. This can be done by teaching skills so a couple can handle their differences together…working out new and better patterns of engagement. It is important that couples have the opportunity to learn skills to regulate the emotional tone between them at a happy and loving level. Instead of anger, depression and anxiety, there is much more sharing of affection, appreciation, hugs and smiles. Also, a couple may benefit by gaining insights into the childhood origins of their problematic habits and promote excessive emotional reactivity.

The Marriage and Family therapists at Family Care Center are equipped to assess the needs in your relationship and help you find success that works for you!