EMDR Therapy in the Charlotte Area

Conditions like trauma, PTSD, anxiety, or phobias can be detrimental to the health and well-being of those who suffer from them, making every single day a challenge. At the Charlotte Therapy Center, we offer hope and proven, effective techniques like eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (also known as EMDR therapy) that can help patients overcome traumatic events and everyday stressors to enjoy a happier, more fulfilling life. Used for decades as a treatment for trauma, EMDR has also shown promise for many other conditions such as depression, schizophrenia, eating disorders, and more.

If you or a loved one is suffering from trauma, PTSD, anxiety, or a similar condition, talk to our licensed therapists at the Charlotte Therapy Center to learn more about EMDR therapy services. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

What is EMDR Therapy?

EMDR uses a collection of methods to help patients overcome traumatic events and stressors by identifying the negative emotions attached to them, exploring the events to desensitize the patient to their effects, and gradually replacing negative responses and emotions with positive ones. Crucial to the process is the technique of using stimuli like rapid eye movements, hand tapping, or sounds to help reprocess the emotions surrounding the events and limit their effects. Unlike other therapies, EMDR is fast-acting and does not require a full description of the traumatic event to achieve a successful result. It has been shown by many studies to be one of the most effective tools available to treat trauma, PTSD, anxiety, and similar conditions.

How Does EMDR Work?

EMDR therapy is a multi-step process that can reduce or eliminate the symptoms of trauma in as little as three sessions, depending on the cause and severity. The treatment is divided into eight phases, including:

  1. History & treatment planning – The history of the patient is evaluated, the traumatic events are identified, and a treatment plan is formed.
  2. Preparation – The therapist will discuss the goals of treatment and introduce techniques to help the patient rapidly deal with disturbing or stressful stations between therapy sessions.
  3. Assessment – The therapist helps the patient to visualize the traumatic event, process the emotions associated with it, and identify negative self-beliefs that accompany it, such as feelings of danger, worthlessness, or helplessness. A desired belief or outcome is also identified, such as having the strength to overcome danger or feelings of value.
  4. Desensitization – The traumatic events or stressors are discussed and focused on while using eye movements, tapping, or sounds to redirect attention and reprocess the memories.
  5. Installation – The therapist helps the patient to concentrate on the positive thoughts, gradually replacing the negative ones until the physical reactions to the emotions have subsided.
  6. Body scan – The patient will focus on the traumatic event and discuss any physical tension in the body that still remains, which will be targeted for further reprocessing.
  7. Closure – The therapist will remind the patient of the techniques to deal with stress between sessions and encourage a journal to be kept of all negative experiences to help in further treatment.
  8. Reevaluation – This will be the beginning of the next session, discussing the success of the treatment, any changes that have occurred, what goals have yet to be reached, and what the next phase of treatment will entail.

Schedule EMDR Therapy in Charlotte, NC

Are you considering EMDR therapy in the Charlotte area? Charlotte Therapy Center is located in Matthews, NC, and we serve clients from Charlotte, Mint Hill, Concord, Ballantyne, and beyond.

Call or contact us online to schedule your EMDR appointment today.