Are you feeling discouraged believing that you'll never feel relief from your trauma, anxiety, or depression?
Have you already spent years in "talk therapy" and your life still doesn't feel satisfying?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy may help.
As EMDR-trained clinicians trained in somatic and attachment-focused EMDR, we believe in clinical excellence.
By providing attachment-focused EMDR along with advanced psychotherapy methods (e.g. polyvagal theory, attachment theory, neuroscience, CBT, ego states, somatic experiencing), we partner to:
Discover the origins of limiting beliefs in order to update old narratives about how you get to show up in the world, who you are, and what you deserve
Alleviate anxiety, depression, and trauma symptoms through a positive, growth-oriented process grounded in the philosophy that everyone is seeking wholeness
Our passion is utilizing the powerful benefits of EMDR with clients who are ready to live without anxiety, depression, dissociation, phobias, addiction, and post-traumatic stress.
We support clients in Illinois in three formats: (1) Adjunct EMDR therapy, (2) EMDR Intensives (personalized treatment programs for individuals), and (3) typical weekly individual therapy. If you do not reside in Illinois, you may fly in to work with us or we can make a referral.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an extensively researched, effective psychotherapy method proven to help people recover from trauma and other distressing life experiences, including PTSD, anxiety, depression, and grief and loss.
The following is adapted from EMDRIA, the international association of EMDR Therapy.
How is EMDR therapy different from other therapies?
EMDR Therapy does not require client's to talk in great detail about the distressing issue or to complete homework between sessions. EMDR Therapy. Rather than focusing on changing the emotions, thoughts, or behaviors resulting from the distressing issue as in Cognitive Behavior Therapy, EMDR allows the brain to resume its natural healing process. EMDR therapy is designed to resolve unprocessed traumatic memories in the brain. For many clients, EMDR therapy can be completed in fewer sessions than other traditional "talk" therapies.
How does EMDR therapy affect the brain?
We know that our brains have a natural way of making sense of traumatic memories and events. While many times traumatic experiences can be managed and resolved spontaneously, they may not be processed without help. This is because often times the traumatic experience overwhelmed our brain's ability to process the experience at the time. For example, the trauma occured during childhood, we felt helpless during the traumatic experience, or we were unable to affect change or the outcome of the experience.
Stress responses are part of our natural fight, flight, or freeze instincts. When distress from a disturbing event remains, the upsetting images, thoughts, and emotions may create an overwhelming feeling of being back in that moment, or of being “frozen in time.” EMDR therapy helps the brain process these memories and allows normal healing to resume. The experience is still remembered, but the fight, flight, or freeze response from the original event is reduced or resolved.
Can EMDR cure trauma?
EMDR is not a miracle cure for trauma and it does not claim to be. It is, however, very effective in reducing the stress response associated with the trauma. It can jump-start the healing process in a way that traditional talk therapy may never be able to. It helps to calm the stress response enough so that the thinking part of our brain can process the experience. There is still a need for ongoing therapy to help trauma survivors make sense of their world, themselves, and others. The healing journey is often started with EMDR, for many, however, it does not end with EMDR.
Who can benefit from EMDR therapy?
EMDR has been shown to be effective in addressing a wide range of challenges:
Anxiety, panic attacks, and phobias
Chronic Illness and medical issues
Grief and loss
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other trauma and stress-related issues
Violence and abuse
We'll help you through this process, tailoring each step to your unique needs and circumstances. EMDR can help you begin your healing journey so that you can experience transformation and growth.
EMDR as Adjunct Therapy
Partnering with your Primary Therapist to clear trauma
We’ve all had those moments in therapy where we feel stuck or loop on issues related to negative life experiences. It can be discouraging for both the client and the therapist. Oftentimes, when the primary therapist and client collaborate with an EMDR therapist, this partnership can help move treatment forward. Perhaps you’ve had a felt sense that something profound has yet to change, but you’re not quite sure how to shift all the way into a new experience of yourself with your current therapist. Maybe
you now cognitively understand new things, yet your body is still confused, so you’re curious about how adjunct EMDR therapy can help.
We partner with primary therapists and their clients to target their clients’ specific memories, body sensations, or limiting beliefs with EMDR. By narrowly targeting specific traumatic memories or intrusive material, brief adjunct EMDR can accelerate progress in traditional therapy, help the client and the primary therapist to resolve stuck points, and enrich their ongoing work.
Adjunct therapy does not replace or interrupt ongoing therapy; it is supplemental to the primary therapeutic relationship. With adjunct EMDR therapy, clients continue to receive treatment with their primary therapist. Usually, adjunct therapy is short-term and desensitizes single incident trauma or simple phobias that interfere with the client’s therapeutic gains. Treatment is scheduled in an intensive format. The success of treatment is based on clearly defined goals for the EMDR therapist, defined in collaboration with the primary therapist and client.
Individualized, comprehensive intensive EMDR Retreats
Supporting your timeline and needs
Healing Retreats are an ideal treatment approach as an adjunct to existing psychotherapy for single event traumas and individuals with demanding and busy schedules that do not allow for weekly, ongoing therapy sessions. The Healing Retreat was designed for individuals who want to experience a reduction in symptoms effectively and efficiently.
Each Healing Retreat is the equivalent of 3 to 8 months of weekly individual psychotherapy. Retreats are conveniently available on Fridays, Saturdays, or Sundays to fit your schedule and needs.
Our Healing Retreats are comprehensive therapeutic retreats that go above and beyond the typical EMDR intensive. Our Healing Retreats are fully individualized to meet each client’s unique needs. In addition, our retreats go above and beyond simply extending EMDR processing as is typical in EMDR intensives. Each day of the Healing Retreat includes up to two hours of EMDR processing, therapeutic art exercises and yoga nidra.
Our Healing Retreats will teach you the necessary skills needed for ongoing transformation healing and lasting resilience. We understand that living a life full of joy, peace, meaning, purpose, and love is more than desensitizing painful memories and experiences. This is what sets our Healing Retreats apart from the rest. You deserve the best. Your friends and family want your best. We can help you get there.
Interested individuals will be scheduled for a free, 30-minute initial consultation to determine goodness of fit, and explore desired outcomes, and treatment expectations. Healing Retreats are available as one, two, and three-day retreats. Multiple-day retreats can be scheduled on consecutive days within one weekend. This is ideal for clients who are from out of the area. Healing Retreats can also be scheduled anywhere between one week and one month apart. Follow-up Healing Retreats are available to accommodate individual needs that may arise after an initial one-, two-, or three-day retreat.
The fee includes a customized Client workbook, pre-, and post-retreat sessions, full-day comprehensive therapeutic programming, a Client Portal with access to our online library of helpful e-books, and all supplies needed during the retreat. Snacks, tea, coffee, and water throughout the retreat will be provided as well.
One-Day Retreat $2,700
Two-Day Retreat $4,275
Three-Day Retreat $5,850
Discount available for returning clients
Clients are responsible for the full amount. Insurance can be used to help offset the cost. Insurance may cover the Pre- and Post- Retreat Sessions and the EMDR portion of the retreat. We are in-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, and United Health Care. If you plan to use your insurance, we will submit a claim to your insurance and apply any payments to your balance.
A $500 non-refundable deposit is required to schedule your retreat. If you need to cancel your retreat, your deposit can be used towards rescheduling your retreat within 30 days. At the time of the retreat, your portion of the fee not covered by insurance is due. A payment plan is available upon request.
It’s important to acknowledge that our Individualized EMDR Intensive Retreats are not a cure-all. As with any treatment, medical and psychological, individual results will vary. We make no promises or guarantees about the outcomes. We do promise to bring our very best that we have to offer. We promise to incorporate the latest in neuroscience and best practices. We ask that you bring your best as well. We ask that you refrain from using any substances before or during any of the retreats.
Every small positive change we make in ourselves repays us in confidence in the future.
Research on Intensive EMDR Therapy is positive.
Intensive application of trauma-focused therapy seems to be well tolerated in patients with PTSD, enabling faster symptom reduction with similar, or even better, results, while reducing the risk that patients drop out prematurely. Learn more here and here.
Intensive EMDR treatment is feasible and is indicative of reliable improvement in PTSD symptoms in a very short time frame. Learn more here.
An intensive program using EMDR therapy is a potentially safe and effective treatment alternative for complex PTSD. Learn more here.
The economy is compelling: even compared to other trauma therapy, the intensive format may decrease treatment time, because of time not spent on a) checking in at the beginning of each session, b) addressing current crises and concerns, c) focusing on stabilizing and coping skills that the client won’t need after trauma healing, or d) assisting the client in regaining composure at the end of the session. Learn more here.