What are Trauma Disorders?
Trauma disorders are mental disorders that are related to a traumatic experience or very stressful event. Not everyone who experiences a great deal of trauma will develop a mental health condition. Those who do develop a mental health condition can trace the cause directly to that situation as a factor. If not treated, trauma disorders can lead to serious complications ranging from social problems to depression to suicide.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Acute Stress Disorder (ASD)
Childhood Trauma Disorders
Treatment for Trauma Disorders
Treatment is absolutely needed because trauma does not get better on its own and can cause harmful complications if not treated. Getting diagnosed and finding professional treatment is important. Our mental health professionals offer treatment that can help our patients recover, learn to process and cope with the traumatic memories, and begin to live a normal life again.
Treatment involves therapy that focuses on trauma, however medications for depression or anxiety may also help patients. There is also cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) which is a therapy that focuses on how to change and control your triggers, negative emotions, and unhelpful responses. It can be used to help patients cope with their trauma in a more productive way. A third type of therapy that can treat trauma disorders is exposure therapy. This involves helping patients face trauma and bad experiences in a safe environment. Facing memories and learning to cope with them in healthy and positive ways can help heal the trauma.
Here at the McLean Counseling Center, we want you to get an accurate diagnosis and find professional treatment. It is also important to get support from loved ones so you can overcome bad memories and create positive lifestyle changes. Give us a visit and you can recover from your trauma disorder and have a good prognosis.
EMDR Therapy is a robust, evidence-based psychotherapy approach that is culturally neutral, cost effective, and remarkably effective when applied correctly by a well-trained and skilled practitioner.
The EMDR Healing Program will promote resilience and improve your coping skills. We call this post-traumatic growth.
EMDR THERAPY can be used safely with children of all ages, adolescents, adults and the elderly.
EMDR Therapy is one of the most thoroughly researched psychotherapies for posttraumatic stress disorder.
Endorsed by the World Health Organization as a front-line therapy for trauma.
EMDR Healing Program will promote resilience and improve one’s coping skills.
EMDR THERAPY CAN BE USED SAFELY WITH CHILDREN OF ALL AGES, ADOLESCENTS, ADULTS AND THE ELDERLY.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Depression, grief and loss
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Dissociation
Recent and long-term trauma, Sexual trauma
Chronic Pain, Migraines and many kinds of headaches, Phantom limb pain
What are the conditions EMDR Healing Program can treat?
The program starts with a comprehensive evaluation of what is going on and what are the major factors that are causing the distress. Our team which includes a skilled Psychologist, a Psychiatrist and a psychotherapist can be involved and consulted and if needed participate in the treatment. If necessary appropriate adjunct psychotherapeutic modalities or medication intervention can be considered. Once other biological and emotional contributing factors were identified and addressed we move forward to EMDR Therapy phase. 2) We process the experiences that are causing you problems, and to include new ones that are needed for full health. “Processing” will set up a learning state that will allow experiences that are causing problems to be “digested” and stored appropriately in your brain. 3) This therapy will leave you with the emotions, understanding, and perspectives that lead to healthy, useful behaviors and interactions and your equilibrium will be restored.
Sam Y. Lee, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Adults, couples, marriage therapy, trauma recovery.
Sam Y. Lee has 18years, providing various modalities of treatment including a combination of techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, trauma recovery, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) among others.
What is an EMDR session like?
EMDR Therapy uses a set of standardized protocols that incorporate elements from many different treatment approaches. Simply put, when the patient accesses a difficult memory and notices whatever comes up, while engaging in lateral eye movements, bilateral taps or listening to tones, adaptive and bilateral taps or listening to tones, adaptive and accelerated processing spontaneously occurs. The central instructions to you will be: lateral eye movements, bilateral taps or listening to tones, adaptive and bilateral taps or listening to tones, adaptive and accelerated processing spontaneously occurs. The central instructions to you will be: “Just notice” or “Go with that” You are asked at the outset what the images, thoughts, beliefs, sensations and distress levels are, that accompany this memory or “target”, and these questions assist you in accurately accessing the material you seek relief from. Complete treatment of the adverse experiences involves a three-pronged approach (past memories, present disturbance or triggers, future actions or concerns), which are needed to alleviate the symptoms and address the complete clinical picture. Often patients will report at the conclusion of a session that they are fatigued. This is entirely normal, in fact, it is a good sign as this often heralds a good treatment effect. Any fatigue is transient and should resolve within a few hours following a session. Your memories will be preserved but they will seem more distant and less troublesome and a more balanced perspective will be restored. Often positive memories that were previously eclipsed by negative material will emerge. The length of time spent in treatment with EMDR Therapy varies according to your particular history, biological makeup, internal strengths and life experiences. In general, treatment is typically briefer than with some other forms of psychotherapy and is therefore often more cost effective yielding results sooner.
Cancer patients and survivors
Work stress and career problems
Medically Unexplained Symptoms and Psychosomatic illness
How does EMDR work? The Neurobiology of EMDR Link?
Non-Randomized studies: https://www.emdria.org/page/NonRandomized
Links to research for specific problems?
Depression: The EDEN study: A large multi-site randomized clinical trial conducted in Europe: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29487548 Post-traumatic stress disorder: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29928250 Anxiety and panic: http://www.emdr.com/phobia-and-panic-disorder-studies/ Medical issues: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3951033/ EMDR for headaches: http://www.emdrwest.com/Articles/emdr-migrainesStudy.pdf Medically Unexplained symptoms: http://connect.springerpub.com/content/sgremdr/3/4/248 EMDR Group: Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, Volume 12, Number 3, 2018 EMDR International Association. Roberts, A http:// dx. doi. org/ 10. 1891/ 1933- 3196. 12. 3. 105