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Supportive Friend

Trauma Therapy

with Perry Lavin, LCMHC-A, LCAS-A

Therapy is a powerful tool that allows people the chance to create positive change in their life, experience a greater sense of fulfillment, and a be in touch with deeper meaning. Trauma therapy is no different. By working with me as your trauma therapist, you will gain access to a richer emotional and interpersonal life.

All work in therapy is based on the quality of our relationship. At the same time, we develop skills that help you help from your trauma. For people looking to go a step further, we will process old wounds through a revolutionary technique called EMDR.

What Is EMDR?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy treatment recognized as being especially effective in people suffering from symptoms related to trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

What to Expect

I will give you an introduction and explanation of EMDR during your first session, if you're interested in this revolutionary technique. There is no rush or pressure to start EMDR.


If you are interested in EMDR, here's what to expect:


There are 8 phases to EMDR treatment. The first phase will focus on your history and act as a preparation phase. Next, we'll use an EMDR device that will stimulate both sides of your brain's hemisphere through the sense of touch.

You will talk about and challenge your core beliefs while forcing the two hemispheres to communicate and reprocess difficult memories, emotions, and beliefs.

How Does EMDR Work?

Below is a scientific explanation of EMDR and how it works excerpted from the EMDR Institute.

"Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy treatment that was originally designed to alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories (Shapiro, 1989a, 1989b). Shapiro’s (2001) Adaptive Information Processing model posits that EMDR therapy facilitates the accessing and processing of traumatic memories and other adverse life experience to bring these to an adaptive resolution. After successful treatment with EMDR therapy, affective distress is relieved, negative beliefs are reformulated, and physiological arousal is reduced. During EMDR therapy the client attends to emotionally disturbing material in brief sequential doses while simultaneously focusing on an external stimulus. Therapist directed lateral eye movements are the most commonly used external stimulus but a variety of other stimuli including hand-tapping and audio stimulation are often used (Shapiro, 1991). Shapiro (1995, 2001) hypothesizes that EMDR therapy facilitates the accessing of the traumatic memory network, so that information processing is enhanced, with new associations forged between the traumatic memory and more adaptive memories or information. These new associations are thought to result in complete information processing, new learning, elimination of emotional distress, and development of cognitive insights. EMDR therapy uses a three pronged protocol: (1) the past events that have laid the groundwork for dysfunction are processed, forging new associative links with adaptive information; (2) the current circumstances that elicit distress are targeted, and internal and external triggers are desensitized; (3) imaginal templates of future events are incorporated, to assist the client in acquiring the skills needed for adaptive functioning."

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