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Specialized Clinical Methods

Specialized Clinical Methods


What is EMDR Therapy?

EMDR, or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy, is a specific form of trauma therapy that utilizes Bilateral Stimulation to reduce the emotional disturbance surrounding traumatic or distressing memories. EMDR is the most highly researched form of trauma therapy available to date, and studies have shown that approximately 80% of clients who consistently participated in EMDR saw a significant reduction in their own emotional disturbance. To learn more about EMDR specific to our practice, click here [insert link to our EMDR information].

How does EMDR work?

EMDR therapy is an integrative psychotherapy and uses a technique called bilateral stimulation to repeatedly activate opposite sides of the brain. Therapists often use eye movements to facilitate the bilateral stimulation. These eye movements mimic the period of sleep referred to as rapid eye movement or REM sleep, and this portion of sleep is frequently considered to be the time when the mind processes the recent events in the person’s life.

EMDR seems to help the brain reprocess the trapped memories is such a way that normal information processing is resumed. Therapists often use EMDR to help clients uncover and process beliefs that developed as the result of relational traumas or childhood abuse and/or neglect. For a more detailed explanation please visit EMDR Institute, Inc.

What does EMDR help?

EMDR had been originally established as helpful for PTSD, although it’s been proven useful for treatment in the following conditions:

  • Panic Attacks
  • Complicated Grief
  • Dissociative Orders
  • Disturbing Memories
  • Phobias
  • Pain Disorders
  • Performance Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Stress Reduction
  • Sexual and/or Physical Abuse
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorders
  • Personality Disorders


Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Do you struggle with several mental health symptoms? Do you have a hard time managing emotions and maintaining relationships? Do your thoughts and behaviors include self harm, suicide ideation, severe depression, or addiction and substance abuse? Are you newly diagnosed with a personality disorder and unsure where to go from here?

DBT may be your next step to mental health. DBT, or Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, is a highly researched, step by step approach to therapy specifically designed to treat mental health symptoms that impede on day to day life. DBT employs skills in a highly directive manner and works with the client to utilize several coping skills on a day to day basis to reduce mental health symptoms. A DBT counselor will work to teach and guide their client through steps and lessons in mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. If you are looking for a step by step approach to therapy and applied strategies of therapy to manage your mental health symptoms and improve your mental health, DBT may be the approach for you! Many of our therapists are trained in DBT training skills and are here to help!*

*Please note that Greer & Associates is a DBT informed outpatient facility and does not offer DBT comprehensive services. As a DBT informed facility, DBT is employed as a skill to be used in individual therapy sessions with a client’s individual therapist. Greer & Associates does not offer the traditional 24 hour coaching phone or comprehensive DBT groups as part of a comprehensive DBT approach. For more questions, please call the office.

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