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Recovery Ranch: Reviews Prove EMDR an Effective Treatment for Trauma

Recovery Ranch: Reviews Prove EMDR an Effective Treatment for Trauma

According to the professionals with Recovery Ranch, reviews of EMDR show it is an effective treatment for victims of trauma

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, or EMDR, is a new technique that is being used to help people drop their guard during treatment and, according to the experts with Recovery Ranch, reviews of EMDR show that it helps individuals recover faster from issues such as trauma and addiction. 


Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a therapy technique that was created by Dr. Francine Shapiro in 1989. When the treatment was originally introduced, a therapist would guide a patient through left-right eye movements while instructing them to think about something upsetting. It was found that rapid left-to-right eye movements would result in the brain being “re-wired” from the disturbing emotions and feelings, which in turn left the memories no longer frightening. 



It was later discovered that EMDR not only works through eye movements, but any left to right movement, including sounds that alternate the ears and alternately tapping on the left and right sides of the body.


EMDR treats victims of traumas such as child, domestic and sexual abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder. Per the professionals with Recovery Ranch, reviews of EMDR have also been found to be effective in treating everyday stresses, such as losing a job, ending a relationship, or worries about the future.


The therapists with Recovery Ranch in Nunnelly, TN state that it is imperative that all institutions dedicated to helping people recover from their past traumas or addictions to use whatever means necessary to help the individual.


“EMDR is a technique we use with almost 100% of our clients,” a representative from Recovery Ranch says. “It is difficult enough to get a client to talk, let alone to get to that real place. Their natural defense mechanisms kick in. One benefit and use of EMDR is the client lets their guard down. It helps the client to tap into the subconscious and get real.”


Many people who are suffering from various traumatic or everyday stress can benefit from EMDR, say the specialists with Recovery Ranch. Reviews of research studies show that EMDR can treat problems such as anxiety, depression, panic attacks, depression and phobias in addition to the traumas experienced by victims of rape, physical and mental abuse, and violent crimes.


An article written by Carol Boulware, Ph.D for 4 Therapy says that when people have highly disturbing experiences, these experiences get stored in the brain along with the sights, sounds, feelings and thoughts that accompanied them. When someone gets extremely upset, the brain is unable to process the emotions as it normally would and the negative thoughts become “trapped.”



EMDR works to unlock these trapped negative thoughts, says Recovery Ranch. Reviews of this method show that the brain is able to properly process the feelings once they are unlocked. As the therapist gently guides the patient through the incident, the client’s eye movements are matched to the images and feelings that arise. They are then redirected to cause the release of the memories.


This process allows the patient to regain control and let go of the former feelings they held. However, if there are many experiences connected to the negative feelings, it can make the process more complex. The treatments continue until the patient is relieved of the traumatic memories and emotions.


EMDR and other cutting edge therapies are essential to properly treat patients, say the team of experts with Recovery Ranch. Reviews have shown that trauma can take on many forms and as a result not every approach to treatment will work the same for every person.


“Trauma causes the body to be frozen in a state of fear, terror, and hyper vigilance,” says Dr. Bessel A. van der Kolk, a clinical psychologist and leader in the field of post-traumatic stress. “So fundamentally, the effect of trauma is in relationship to one’s body. One’s body gives the signal that it’s not safe, and your body keeps fighting an existing enemy.”


Traditional talk therapy doesn’t work for some people for this very reason. Many patients need to be in tune with the messages their body is relaying to them. Dr. van der Kolk and Recovery Ranch believe that in these cases, EMDR and other techniques that incorporate the body are key to the healing process for these people.


Other cutting edge therapies that have been proven effective are Somatic Experiencing, Sensory Motor Therapy, Hakomi Method, and Internal Family Systems. It has been noted that as more research is conducted on the effects of trauma, therapies such as these and EMDR will move to the forefront of trauma recovery.


It is extremely important for treatment facilities to stay up-to-date on EMDR and other the latest cutting edge treatments, say the experts at Recovery Ranch. Reviews of these treatments show that they are an effective way to help patients who have not responded to previous treatments.



Heather Glaros contributed to this article.

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