EMDR Therapy

Ridgeview Ranch Alcohol & Drug Treatment Center, located in Altadena California, is proud to announce that we are now offering EMDR Therapy for our clients.

"Our highly trained staff of clinical professionals provide our clients with comprehensive and therapeutic treatment addressing the core issues of alcoholism, addiction, and trauma. Our clients meet with Certified Addiction Counselors to address their chemical dependency as well as Masters and Doctoral Level Therapists, Psychologists, and Psychiatrists for their mental health issues. Our EMDR practitioners in training are under the supervision of Dr. Stephen Dansiger, author of EMDR Therapy and Mindfulness for Trauma Focused Care, coming out on Springer Publications in November 2017."

Dr. Stephen Dansiger, PsyD, MFT, Clinical Director

What is EMDR Therapy?

EMDR therapy began as an accidental discovery in 1987 by Dr. Francine Shapiro of the possible effectiveness of rapid eye movements in desensitizing bad feelings. As she researched, theorized about and further developed the therapy, it became evident that more than that was happening – that memories were being adaptively reprocessed, bringing enduring relief for people who sometimes had been suffering sometimes for decades. It is now among the most researched therapies of any kind, and particularly regarded as one of the most effective evidence-based therapies available for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder according to the World Health Organization and countless other clinical bodies This includes being one of only three therapies recommended by all branches of the military and now the VA for treatment of PTSD in veterans.

Over the last 25 years, many clinicians and researchers have joined Dr. Shapiro in exploring how this therapy can help clients not only with PTSD, but also with addiction, depression and other dilemmas, as well as in dealing with any ill effects of adverse life events, even those that are not inherently traumatic.

Our high regard for EMDR therapy has led us to begin to make it a central aspect of our treatment. Our EMDR training is being provided directly by our Clinical Director, Dr. Stephen Dansiger, an EMDRIA Approved Consultant, Trainer for the EMDRIA approved Institute for Creative Mindfulness, and the Founder and creator of the MET(T)A Method (Mindfulness and EMDR Treatment Template for Addictions). At Ridgeview Ranch we have begun the certification process in MET(T)A by beginning our EMDR Basic Training and consultation process. Our EMDR practitioners in training are under the direct supervision and consultation of Dr. Dansiger.

We consider Shapiro’s 8-phase protocol of EMDR therapy, in conjunction with other modalities, especially mindfulness and alternative EMDR protocols, to be the best framework for the treatment of a wide variety of difficulties.

Until recently, these conditions were difficult and time-consuming to treat. EMDR is considered a breakthrough therapy because of it effectively treats trauma as well as less deleterious adverse life events, all of which are known to contribute to the problem of addiction.

What kind of problems can EMDR treat?

Scientific research has established EMDR as evidence based for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. However, researchers and clinicians also have reported success using EMDR therapy in the treatment of the following conditions:

Panic Attacks, Complicated Grief, Dissociative Disorders, Disturbing Memories, Phobias, Pain Disorders, Performance Anxiety, Stress Reduction, Addictions Sexual and/or Physical Abuse, Body Dysmorphic Disorders, Personality Disorders

EMDR is the most effective and rapid method for healing PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) as shown by extensive scientific research studies over the last 30 years.

There are a number of theories as to how and why EMDR works, including right/left brain integration, mimicking the mechanics of REM sleep, recreating the orienting response, mindfulness, and other possible mechanisms of action. The therapy essentially releases emotional experiences that are trapped in the nervous system, allowing them to be reprocessed. Memories that have been maladaptively processed are reprocessed to an adaptive resolution.

What problems are helped by EMDR?

The studies to date show a high degree of effectiveness with the following conditions:

-- loss of a loved one
-- injury of a loved one
-- car accident
-- fire
-- work accident
-- assault
-- robbery
-- rape
-- natural disaster
-- injury
-- illness
-- witness to violence
-- childhood abuse
-- victims of violent crimes
-- performance and test anxiety
-- trauma

-- depression
anxiety or panic

-- phobias 

-- childhood trauma

-- physical abuse

-- sexual abuse 

-- post-traumatic stress

-- bad temper
overwhelming fears
panic attacks
low self-esteem
relationship problems
-- sbrooding or worrying

-- trouble sleeping

EMDR therapy is most effective in an addiction treatment setting when used in conjunction with other methods of therapy in treating these and many other emotional disorders, especially mindfulness based approaches.

EMDR therapy can help clients replace their anxiety and fear with positive images, emotions and thoughts.

What are the Symptoms that can be helped by EMDR?

  • High anxiety and lack of motivation
  • Depression
  • Memories of a traumatic experience
  • Fear of being alone
  • Unrealistic feelings of guilt and shame
  • Fear of being alone
  • Difficulty in trusting others
  • Relationship problems

For more information and detailed information about our program, 

Contact us at 877-526-7706 

and check out our website at www.ridgeviewranchca.org

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