HLC’s Eye Movement Desensitization and
Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy

HLC’s Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy

Reducing the distress of traumatic memories

Our bodies sometimes remember what our minds want to forget.
EMDR brings healing … and hope

Our bodies sometimes remember what our minds want to forget. EMDR brings healing … and hope

Could EMDR be a part of your healing process?
Call today.

Could EMDR be a part of your healing process? Call today.

What is EMDR?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR uses your own rapid, rhythmic eye movements to reduce the distress of emotionally charged memories of past traumatic events. EMDR creates new neuropathways to bring healing … and hope.

At Honey Lake Clinic, EMDR therapy is overseen by Christine Needham, a licensed Christian therapist—

“Clients who have participated in EMDR therapy actually feel their burden lighten. They sense a reduced severity of their symptoms. They’ve told me it feels as if they’ve ‘gotten rid of some stuff.’ And indeed, they have.”

How Does EMDR Work?

By recalling distressing events and diverting attention from their emotional consequences, EMDR borrows principles used in prolonged exposure therapy, the standard behavioral psychotherapeutic treatment of PTSD.

No one knows exactly how any form of psychotherapy works neurobiologically. What we do know is that when a person is very upset, their brain cannot process information as it ordinarily does. You can become stuck—remembering and reliving a trauma, feeling just as bad as if you’re going through it the first time. The sights, sounds, smells, and feelings all rush back. Such distressing memories can have a lasting negative effect across all areas of your life.

Typically, EMDR therapy is conducted by a therapist moving his or her fingers back and forth in front of you, asking you to follow the hand motions with your eyes. As you’re following the movement with your eyes, the therapist guides you in recalling a disturbing event, including all the emotions and body sensations that go along with it. Gradually, the therapist will guide you in shifting your thoughts to more pleasant ones. Some therapists may use alternatives to finger movements, such as hand or toe tapping or musical tones.

Is EMDR Right for You?

Research has established EMDR is effective in treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Studies also report EMDR’s success in treating other conditions such as:


Panic attacks


Complicated grief


Dissociative disorders


Disturbing memories




Pain disorders


Performance anxiety


Stress reduction




Sexual and/or Physical abuse


Body dysmorphic disorders


Personality Disorders

“I’ve suffered PTSD having served in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. I’ve wrestled with associated anger, depression and panic attacks. EMDR therapy has been a breakthrough for me. I’ve been able to get my symptoms under control. Life is manageable again.”

–Garret C. Portland, ME

What to Expect of EMDR Therapy at Honey Lake Clinic

At Honey Lake Clinic, a three-phase process is incorporated, encompassing past, present and future.

  • 1) Past — You’ll be aided in discovering past events which laid the groundwork for the distress they are experiencing and its maladaptive links.
  • 2) Present — You’ll examine your current circumstances and responses relative to the distress, identifying, targeting and desensitizing them.
  • 3) Future — You’ll develop new image templates of how you want to view this going forward, discovering and employing new adaptive functioning skills.

Honey Lake’s EMDR Therapist Christine Needham is a musician. She sometimes employs music and song in EMDR sessions—

“Having a piano in the therapy room is a great tool. Playing single notes or patterns can be very helpful to the process.”

EMDR Therapy as Unique as Honey Lake Clinic

Our EMDR therapy program at Honey Lake differs from other treatment facilities in that we recognize the importance of incorporating spirituality into every aspect of the treatment process.

EMDR can be applied anywhere, but when it is done in concert with God’s grace and in dependence upon the Holy Spirit’s presence and guidance, we believe the difference is profound.

Honey Lake clients can expect the reading of scripture, memorization and prayer to be an integral part of their HMDR experience. “Verses like 2 Timothy 1:17,” Christine says, “’For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline,’ can speak into the heart of our distress. The Bible promises, God’s Word never returns void.”

“I’d heard those Bible verses before, but this time—in direct relation to what I was feeling and thinking—it was like the light came on, the dots connected. I’ve finally found some peace of mind.”

–Leslie V., Pembroke Pines, FL

EMDR therapy is another example of the unique treatment options available at Honey Lake Clinic which enable us to help clients address their health across all three spheres—spirit, mind and body—offering each client his or her greatest potential for wholeness and transformative growth.

At Honey Lake, we’re committed to providing you with compassionate care and the practical equipping necessary to significantly improve the condition which brought you to our program. A faith-informed model, experienced staff, licensed professional caregivers, individualized treatment—all in a beautiful and tranquil 650-acre lakeside setting—we’re here for you.