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
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—
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.
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:
Sexual and/or Physical abuse
Body dysmorphic disorders
–Garret C. Portland, ME
At Honey Lake Clinic, a three-phase process is incorporated, encompassing past, present and future.
Honey Lake’s EMDR Therapist Christine Needham is a musician. She sometimes employs music and song in EMDR sessions—
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.”
–Leslie V., Pembroke Pines, FL
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.