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. It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal.  EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma.  When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound.  If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain.  Once the block is removed, healing resumes.  EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes.  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.  Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR therapy training sessions, clinicians help clients activate their natural healing processes. (emdr.com)

EMD is a modified version of EMDR that can be used directly (within minutes to hours) after a traumatic or distressing event. The purpose is to reduce the emotional intensity associated with the event to appropriately process the memory. This helps to later not develop PTSD symptoms. This modality works well with first responders, veterans, police and any individual who experiences a distressing or traumatic event. 



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CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) is a short-term, goal-oriented psychotherapy treatment that takes a hands-on, practical approach to problem-solving. CBT is a form of talking therapy which can be used to treat people with a wide range of mental health problems. CBT is based on the idea that how we think (cognition), how we feel (emotion) and how we act (behavior) all interact together.  Specifically, our thoughts determine our feelings and our behavior. Early experiences become fixed in neural pathways which later become automatic thoughts. The resulting negative thoughts cause disruption in daily life. CBT allows patients to interrupt these thoughts with a deeper understanding of the errors or distortions in the perception of these automatic thoughts. This type of therapy helps patients to correct misinterpretations of the thoughts that have caused disruption in their daily lives. Increasing awareness regarding conscious thought and the ability to challenge automatic negative thoughts, individuals develop a healthier outlook and better understanding of their power over future reactions.

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