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EMDR Therapy in Fort Myers for PTSD, Trauma, Phobias and more

EMDR Therapy Helps Individuals of all Walks of Life.

Who can benefit from EMDR therapy?

As therapists, we can use EMDR therapy to address a wide range of challenges, including:

  • Grief and loss
  • Pain
  • Performance anxiety
  • Personality disorders
  • PTSD and other trauma and stress-related issues
  • Sexual assault
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Substance abuse and addiction
  • Domestic Violence and abuse
  • Trauma from all sources

…Because We Believe You Matter.

How is EMDR Different from Other Therapies?

Unlike other treatments that focus on directly altering the emotions, thoughts, and responses resulting from traumatic experiences, EMDR therapy focuses directly on the memory and is intended to change the way that the memory is stored in the brain, thus reducing and eliminating the problematic symptoms.

EMDR therapy allows the brain to resume its natural healing process rather than focusing on changing the emotions, thoughts, or behaviors resulting from the problem.

EMDR therapy is designed to resolve unprocessed traumatic memories in the brain. For many clients, EMDR therapy can be completed in 6–10 sessions. The best part is that we can provide EMDR therapy in person or virtually to anyone in Florida.

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Understanding Trauma’s Far-Reaching Effects on Emotional and Mental Well-Being

 

Trauma is defined as a very painful or disturbing occurrence that can have an impact on one’s emotional, psychological, and even physical well-being.

Trauma can be created by a lack of a sense of safety, whether it was experienced as a child via bullying, verbal abuse, physical or sexual assault, an accident, loss of health, a natural disaster, or even a sense of abandonment.

Trauma is highly individual and subjective. Everyone reacts differently to distressing events. Confusion, numbness, helplessness, embarrassment, disgust, and fury are all common reactions.

Physical and emotional scars left by trauma must be repaired. The effects of a traumatic event may lessen over time for some people. Others may find that the psychological and emotional ramifications of trauma become “stuck” and continue to interfere with their lives.

Unresolved trauma can have a variety of detrimental consequences. Unresolved trauma can have a negative impact on interpersonal relationships, motivation, coping with everyday activities, bodily disease and aches, and even challenges with depression and anxiety.

We offer EMDR Therapy to address the symptoms and assist heal the pain caused by the trauma.

EMDR therapy allows the brain to resume its natural healing process rather than focusing on changing the emotions, thoughts, or behaviors resulting from the problem.

EMDR therapy is designed to resolve unprocessed traumatic memories in the brain. For many clients, EMDR therapy can be completed in 6–10 sessions. The best part is that we can provide EMDR therapy in person or virtually to anyone in Florida.

Source: emdria.com

How can EMDR Therapy Help with the Healing Process?

Our brains have a natural way to recover from traumatic memories and events. This process involves communication between the amygdala (the alarm signal for stressful events), the hippocampus (which assists with learning, including memories about safety and danger), and the prefrontal cortex (which analyzes and controls behavior and emotion). While many traumatic experiences can be managed and resolved spontaneously, others may not be processed without help.

Unlocking Healing: How EMDR Therapy Unburdens the Weight of Distressing Memories

When distress from a disturbing event remains, the upsetting images, thoughts, and emotions may create feelings of overwhelm, of being back in that moment, or of being “frozen in time.” These stress responses are our natural fight, flight, or freeze instincts.

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 resolved.

What is EMDR Therapy Like?

 

When distress from a disturbing event remains, the upsetting images, thoughts, and emotions may create feelings of overwhelm, of being back in that moment, or of being “frozen in time.” These stress responses are our natural fight, flight, or freeze instincts.

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 resolved.

The 8 Phases of EMDR Therapy

 

How Does Online EMDR Therapy Work?

Online EMDR therapy is typically conducted via video call, allowing clients to participate from the comfort of their own homes. During the session, the therapist may also utilize auditory or tactile stimuli in place of eye movements, depending on the client’s preferences and needs. EMDR therapy has been shown to be effective in treating a range of conditions, including anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

The primary principles and phases of EMDR do not change when done online. It is essentially the same. The pandemic enhanced the need for effective online treatments, and, thankfully, EMDR therapy was able to adapt. Due to the length of the pandemic, extensive research comparing the use of EMDR online versus in person has not been completed. However, pre-published data is promising, and clients are reporting the same progress!

EMDR uses grounding techniques to help the client feel safe during the process. Often, with EMDR online, providers will spend more time focusing on these grounding techniques, or “resources,” since they are less able to support that process remotely.

How is online EMDR different from in-person EMDR?

One of the primary differences between in-person and online EMDR is the way bi-lateral stimulation (BLS) is delivered. EMDR relies on the use of BLS for the desensitization and adaptation of negative memories. This is traditionally done through eye movements, auditory sounds, or tactile stimulation (like tapping).

Here at VGC, when in person, the therapist will utilize their own hands, headphones for the auditory component, and tappers for the tactile component. When the person is receiving EMDR online, they use software that incorporates a moving light, similar to a light bar, and sounds through headphones. VGC uses a HIPPA compliant EMDR platform for your safety and privacy.

Although EMDR is extremely effective, the process requires the activation of negative memory content or triggers, which can be quite uncomfortable or upsetting. Some clients feel more contained and safe doing so in the therapist’s office. Others prefer to be at home where they are most comfortable, meaning they prefer EMDR online.

Who Should Consider Another Treatment Plan?

EMDR delivered online and via telehealth can be effective for most people. Like any telehealth visit, it is not ideal for those who cannot obtain privacy while at home or at work. Those who struggle to cope with negative feelings may want to opt for an in-person setting where they can get an immediate response from the provider who is in the room. In general, the majority of clients would be fine doing EMDR remotely.

What does Very Good Counseling use for online EMDR therapy?

We use remotEMDR software to provide online therapy to our clients.

We chose them due to several factors. It is the only online EMDR platform that enables full synchronization between the BLS on the therapist’s device and the clients’ devices, and it is fully compliant with HIPAA rules and regulations (HIPAA works to protect the confidentiality of people receiving medical treatment).

This platform is accessible from everywhere, on all devices (desktop, laptop, mobile phone, and tablet, including iOS and Android devices). Also, this program is highly customizable for each client, with your therapist controlling BLS movement, and choosing its color, speed, direction, and sound.

We offer virtual EMDR therapy to anyone in Florida

and in-person EMDR therapy in Fort Myers, FL

Are you struggling with the aftermath of a distressing experience? These events can have a lasting impact on our lives, affecting our relationships, self-esteem, and mental health. But there is hope. EMDR therapy can help you process your experience, develop healthy coping mechanisms, and reclaim your life. With a compassionate and trained therapist, you will be guided on a journey towards healing. Don’t let these events control your life any longer. Book your appointment today and take the first step towards a brighter future!

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Not to brag but…

Andrea Livingston
Andrea Livingston
19/07/2023
The care, expertise and professionalism goes above a 5 star. I am accomplishing goals, addressing and overcoming some things in my life. What only seemed like a dream is now beginning to be reality. Thank you Robert
Joseph Sozio
Joseph Sozio
07/07/2023
Experts in EMDR therapy that I would recommend highly. Look no further for genuine and effective counseling!
Johanna Sozio
Johanna Sozio
06/07/2023
I continue to refer clients to the Engle’s due to their high level of expertise in treating trauma. They are proficient, compassionate counselors who go above and beyond. It is wonderful being able to refer clients for EMDR services.
Jean Carlos
Jean Carlos
05/07/2023
Looking for counselor who I liked took forever it seemed but once I met the counselors here I knew I was in the right place. They are very caring but easy to get along with. I was looking for anxiety therapy and depression therapy and they help me overcome these issues. I have been going for about 6 months now and I have couldn’t imagine what my life would be if I didn’t get the help I needed. Once we met a few times in the office I decided to do therapy online. It was quick and painless to set up and since we met in person it’s like we never missed a beat. I would recommend this place for anyone who is looking for quality counseling by real people. They have changed my life for the better. No hesitation to recommend them, the best therapy in Fort, Myers.
Angelica Nunez
Angelica Nunez
03/06/2023
I am so grateful to have found Rob at Very Good Counseling. His expertise and compassionate approach were instrumental in helping me navigate and overcome my personal struggles. With his guidance, I was able to develop coping strategies and gain a deeper understanding of myself. I highly recommend him to anyone seeking effective and supportive therapy!
Santiago Ceballos
Santiago Ceballos
20/06/2022
Highly recommend this location, very flexibles schedules and amazing and comprehensive service. (:
Kacey Eckelberg
Kacey Eckelberg
23/02/2022
I just left a review on Elena's page but I needed this to be on her main business listing too! 😍 She is great. Elena came highly recommended by a few people I know that have seen her for their anxiety and depression. I took their advice and met with her and I am so glad I did! I had tried therapy a few years before meeting Elena and had no luck. I felt no difference after investing about 6 months of my time and gave up. Elena’s techniques work! She’s helped me accomplish much more in a much less amount of time using EMDR. EMDR is amazing! I can’t stress enough about the wonders Elena has done for me. She is hands down the best therapist in Fort Myers. Check her out if you need support.
Erika Serrano
Erika Serrano
18/12/2021
My daughter has been seeing Elena for two years after suffering from emotional and physical trauma. My daughter has made great strides in her self-worth, critical thinking, confidence and emotional processing throughout this time. Elena and her EMDR treatments are a complete game-changer and I will forever be grateful to her for helping get my daughter on a path for true healing. Elena is an absolute professional! We’ve had parental sessions with me and also accommodated mother/daughter sessions with us that have given us the gift of in-depth understanding for positive changes in our relationship. If you’re on the fence of treatment or are looking for someone with a better connection, your future will thank you for seeking Elena’s services today. I’ll be forever grateful to her for her help.
Robert Engle
Robert Engle
26/07/2021
Elena is a highly sought after therapist. Her skills handling anxiety, traumas, and difficult life transitions set her apart as a great counselor. She has helped hundreds of people overcome and live more meaning full and happier lives. I do not hesitate to recommend her or Very Good Counseling for EMDR therapy and more.

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