The Claudia Black Young Adult Center utilizes state-of-the-art methodologies to treat unresolved emotional trauma. One of these methodologies is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), an effective therapy for treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). For many individuals, survival reactions are only experienced in short bursts, but those who suffer from chronic trauma symptoms experience longer-term survival reactions leaving issues unresolved. Talk therapy alone is often not sufficient enough to resolve the chronic trauma symptoms left behind by the survival reaction. The majority of patients who receive EMDR report a greater overall sense of wellness, as well as significant decreases in trauma-related symptoms.


  • Changes the way the brain responds to external stimuli.
  • Involves sensory input such as changing lights, gentle buzzing from handheld devices or sounds heard through headphones.
  • As the sensory input switches back and forth from right to left, a patient tries to recall past trauma.
  • Dissolves chronic bodily and emotional reactions to the trauma.
  • Is a powerful, effective and safe method for alleviating the long-term psychological impact of traumatic experiences.

Our Unique Method:

The Claudia Black Young Adult Center incorporates EMDR in a unique way by integrating the modality with Pia Mellody’s Model of Developmental Immaturity, which allows the therapy to more effectively minimize or eliminate psychological trauma. Research reveals that EMDR is safe and effective when administered by trained professionals, such as those found at the Claudia Black Young Adult Center. Given our expertise in administering EMDR – particularly in the treatment of psychological trauma – we accept clients from rehab centers nationwide.

Innovative Treatment Therapies

The Claudia Black Young Adult Center in Wickenburg, Arizona, provides an intensive, experientially based 45-day treatment program for young adults ages 18 – 26 who are struggling with unresolved emotional trauma, addiction, have a dual diagnosis or who have failed past addiction treatments. Dr. Claudia Black – renowned author, speaker, and trainer who has been working with family systems and addictive disorders since the 1970s – is the clinical architect of the Claudia Black Young Adult Center.

In a safe and nurturing community composed of their peers, young adults are guided on their journey of recovery by examining the underlying causes of addiction and co-occurring disorders. The goal is for these individuals to gain the courage to face difficult issues, including grief and loss; heal from emotional trauma; and become accountable for their own feelings, behaviors, and recovery. Visit us here or feel free to phone us at 855-333-6075.