Techniques for addressing past trauma

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

The Claudia Black Center uses a variety of proven methodologies to treat unresolved emotional trauma that may be keeping you stuck. One of these is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), an effective therapy for treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other past trauma. Talk therapy has its place, but it isn’t enough to resolve the chronic symptoms left behind by the survival reaction to trauma. Nearly all patients who receive EMDR therapy report greater general wellness and significant decreases in trauma-related symptoms.

The EMDR-Trauma Connection

We use EMDR in a unique way by integrating it with Pia Mellody’s Model on Developmental Immaturity, which allows the therapy to more effectively minimize or eliminate psychological trauma. But how exactly does it work?, you might be wondering. The short answer is: It changes the way the brain responds to external stimuli.

EMDR therapy normally 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. Though the memories of the trauma remain, the chronic bodily and emotional reactions to the trauma dissolve.

Much research and many studies have been done on this approach, and it has been found to be safe and effective when administered by trained professionals. That’s why we make sure that our clinical team’s expertise includes administering EMDR, particularly in the treatment of psychological trauma.

Reach Out for Help

If you or someone you love is struggling or feeling stuck, we’re here to help. Our compassionate team of experts is experienced in working with young adults and addressing the unique issues they face. Let our program be the first stop on the road to long-term recovery.


Our experienced, compassionate Admissions team is here to help 24 hours a day and will treat you with the dignity and respect you deserve. Let our specialists help you create a road map to get you where you want to go: a healthier, more balanced, fulfilling place in life. When you call, you’ll be led through a series of questions to determine if the Claudia Black Young Adult Center is the right fit for your needs, and how soon your treatment can begin.

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