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EMDR Levels of Education + Other Trauma-Informed Therapies

The world of mental health is just like most other industries. We have industry jargon that can be a bit much to grasp for those who aren’t involved every day. On top of trying to keep everyone informed about how best to manage their mental health, here at Claibourne Counseling, we also try to keep everyone as informed as possible about our industry. We’ve talked about everything from the history of mental health to our fully updated and constantly growing mental health terms glossary. We’ve covered what all the letters mean, LPC, LCSW, LMFT, PsyD, as well as the differences between counselors, therapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists.

Today, we’d like to talk about the different levels of certification and training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy and other trauma-informed modalities like ART (Accelerated Resolution Therapy) and TCBT (Trauma-Centered Cognitive Behavioral Therapy). Read on to learn more about EMDR, EMDR levels of certification, and trauma-informed care!

A Quick Refresher on EMDR Therapy

EMDR therapy sessions consist of alternating eye movements, sounds, or taps to help dislodge stuck memories, encouraging the brain to resume its natural healing process. The therapist uses a device that moves from side to side. This motion and eye movement works to activate both brain hemispheres and then to pinpoint areas of the memory that were significant – scary, disappointing, or otherwise stressful.  As part of our natural fight or flight stress response system, found in the amygdala part of the brain, it can work to protect us from stressors and potentially block out events and feelings.

While past trauma may be hidden in the subconscious, it usually affects our conscious lives. Using EMDR to reveal a past hurt allows it to be addressed with a new perspective – essentially allowing the wound to heal properly so it can be released. EMDR is helpful for children and adults with a variety of challenges including abuse, trauma, stress-related issues, performance anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, bullying, betrayals, grief and loss, chronic illnesses, accidents, and many more.

EMDR Certified Therapist in Scottsdale

EMDR Trained

This typically refers to therapists who have completed an EMDR basic training program. These programs usually consist of 20 hours of teacher-led instruction, 20 hours of supervised practice, and 10 hours of case consultation. Therapists who have completed this training are equipped with the foundational knowledge and skills to begin utilizing EMDR therapy in their practice. However, there is a difference between EMDR trained and EMDR certified. We’ll talk more about what it means to be EMDR certified next. EMDR trained therapists are fully qualified to practice EMDR therapy. Becoming certified opens a few more doors for therapists.

EMDR Certified

EMDR certification is one step up from EMDR Trained and equates to a higher level of expertise and commitment to the practice of EMDR therapy. Therapists seeking certification must complete additional requirements beyond basic training, including 20 hours of consultation by an EMDR Consultant, clinical experience using EMDR, letter(s) of recommendation, and adherence to other EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) standards of practice. Once these requirements are met and an application is approved, the therapist becomes EMDR certified. As mentioned, to practice EMDR, therapists only need EMDR training. However, on top of the additional trauma training and education, an EMDR certification provides therapists with a few more opportunities to practice EMDR, including Managed Care and hospital privileges.

EMDR Consultant

EMDR consultants are experienced therapists who have undergone specialized training to provide consultation and supervision to EMDR therapists-in-training or those seeking certification. Consultants play an important role in guiding therapists through challenging cases, offering feedback on EMDR techniques, and ensuring adherence to EMDR best practices based on EMDR International Association standards of practice. Therapists must complete a Consultant-in-Training form, have at least three years of experience with EMDR therapy, at least 300 clinical sessions using EMDR, and must have received 20 hours of consultation-of-consultation from an EMDR Consultant, along with 12 hours of continuing education every two years.

The Differences Between EMDR Training, EMDR Certified, and EMDR Consultant

The differences between the types of EMDR therapy education revolve around the level of training, experience, and expertise in EMDR therapy. EMDR trained therapists have completed basic training and can practice EMDR in their private therapy sessions. EMDR certified therapists have met additional requirements and demonstrated proficiency in EMDR therapy and have the privilege of practicing EMDR in a few more environments. EMDR consultants are experienced EMDR therapists who provide consultation and supervision to support the development of other EMDR therapists.

Certified EMDR Therapy in Scottsdale

Other Trauma-Informed Modalities

EMDR isn’t the only type of therapy available for trauma-informed treatment. Everyone is different and every trauma is different. Here at Claibourne, while all of our therapists are trained (or in the process of being trained) in EMDR, our team is also skilled in many other types of trauma-informed modalities. If one isn’t a good fit for you, another one will be. The process of trauma is not linear. We’re here to guide you along the way. Some other types of trauma-centered therapy that you may find work for you are Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Exposure Therapy, Narrative Therapy, The Progressive Approach,  Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). We’ll dive into those last two here and save the others for another blog in this trauma-informed care series.

Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART)

Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) is a therapy that combines elements of EMDR, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and other therapeutic techniques. Just like with EMDR, therapists practicing ART undergo specific training and certification processes to utilize this modality effectively. ART aims to work a bit more quickly than other modalities. Its goal is to help clients achieve relief and benefits within one to five sessions by rapidly desensitizing traumatic memories and promoting positive changes in emotions and behaviors. This evidence-based treatment modality has been shown to support people recovering from trauma and experiencing anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, addictions/substance abuse, and more.

The process is very streamlined and uses calming eye movements and Voluntary Memory/Image Replacement. It can be very helpful in reprocessing particular events and helps clients shift how these stressful memories are stored and perceived in their brains. ART was developed in 2008 by Laney Rosenzweig, LMFT.

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

TCBT is an adaptation of traditional CBT that integrates trauma-focused techniques and interventions. Therapists trained in TF-CBT learn how to address trauma-related symptoms and distress while utilizing cognitive-behavioral strategies to promote healing and recovery. It was first developed to treat children who were victims of sexual abuse. This modality has now expanded to meet the needs of children, adolescents, and adults who have experienced all forms of abuse, PTSD, depression, or anxiety.

The therapist works to help the client modify distorted thinking or negative reactions/behaviors. This technique may not be the best choice as an initial intervention if the client is exhibiting serious behaviors (like substance abuse or suicidal ideation) and other modalities may be used prior.

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In addition to the certifications and modalities we’ve talked about here, most therapists also pursue additional training and certifications in related trauma-focused therapies, like mindfulness-based interventions, among others. If you’re searching for trauma-informed therapists, find one who continually engages in professional development to enhance their skills and stays up to date with the latest research and best practices in trauma treatment.

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Scottsdale, AZ 85260

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