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Let's learn about two of the treatments provided here at Lakeland Trauma Therapy. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR Therapy) and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) are both evidence based treatments validated through vigorous clinical research. Both have been proven effective at providing long-term relief of symptoms and significant improvements in critical measures of success.


EMDR Therapy is an evidence-based therapy recognized by such professional organizations as the American Psychiatric Association, American Psychological Association, Department of Defense, the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS), the United Kingdom Department of Health, the Israeli National Counsel for Mental Health, and the Clinical Resource Efficiency Support Team of Ireland. EMDR Therapy is one of the treatments recognized as efficacious in the treatment of PTSD and has recently been named by the World Health Organization as one of only two treatments approved for this disorder..

EMDR Therapy is an effective means for treating distressing life events, including combat traumas, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, anger, grief, and life adjustment problems. EMDR Therapy has been found to be effective in helping clients resolve their traumas in a brief period of time. Many clients are able to move through their treatment in brief periods of time. The good news is your can get over things so you don't have to continue living it those life-intruding memories of what happened!

We utilize EMDR Therapy in the treatment of soldiers and vets at Lakeland Trauma Therapy Center in Lakeland.

EMDR Therapy was discovered in 1988 by Dr. Francine Shapiro, PhD, and has come to be recognized as one of the preferred models for treating depression, anxiety, and PTSD. EMDR Therapy is an accelerated treatment process. People are able to resolve their trauma issues without having to discuss the details of what happened. The process stimulates the brain's memory system to do its own reprocessing without the person being retraumatized by telling the event.

Stanley Arnold is an Certified EMDR Therapist and EMDR Consultant in Training.

For further information on EMDR Therapy visit the EMDR Institute website at www.EMDRIA.org and the EMDR International Association website at www.EMDR.com. Each of these two sites is filled with useful information.



History of EFT

Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) is a structured approach to couples therapy that is based on the science of adult love and bonding (attachment). Developed in the 1980’s by Drs. Susan Johnson and Les Greenberg, EFT is a highly researched, effective and evidence-based theory that helps couples understand and respond to each other’s needs.  EFT concepts have been validated by over 20 years of empirical research as well as research on the process of change and predictors of relationship success.

Studies show that 70-75% of couples working with an EFT therapist move from relationship distress to recovery during the course of therapy.  Approximately 90% show significant improvements.  The results of EFT therapy tend to be robust and long lasting, something that other modalities of couples therapy cannot claim.

How EFT Works

When we can’t find a safe, loving way to stay connected to our partner we go into a state of emotional pain and alarm. We automatically respond by protesting or withdrawal (fight or flight) when we feel this fear or panic.  Our partner will then often respond with his or her own protest or withdrawal.  This cycle is a “neural duet” between partners—they impact each other both physiologically and emotionally creating a feedback loop of negative interactions.

EFT is a systematic map of steps and stages that understands these cycles as the underpinnings of relationship distress. Couples are helped to create nurturance, love and connection in their relationships. Change strategies and interventions are specified within the EFT steps and stages.  Couples learn to identify their cycle, the emotions underling the reactions and their parts in the dance as they come up in the session and at home. Couples learn to regulate their emotions and send clear, coherent emotional signals of their needs to their partner.  They also learn how to respond in a healthy way to the signals that are sent to them.  

Couples begin to actively create a new, positive cycle where they can express their needs and fears and create accessibility and responsiveness.  When we can send clear attachment cues we actually pull out partner closer and create the safety, trust and support for which we have been yearning.   EFT is a collaborative, experiential model that encourages couples to be involved in the deconstructing of the negative cycle and the creation of a new, secure relationship.










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