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EMDR Therapy for Trauma & PTSD

At Cultivate Therapy, we specialize in EMDR therapy, a highly effective approach for addressing trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

 

EMDR, which stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is a specific set of methods delivered in person or over a video platform to help you heal from distressing experiences, flashbacks, and the symptoms of trauma.  EMDR is a short-term path to regaining your life and improving your ability to live in the present, overcome avoidance and fears, and grow in all the ways you want to grow.

Meet your team.

Therapists That Offer EMDR

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Allison Gaydos

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Evan Greenberg

You may be experiencing:  

  • Persistent Intrusive Memories

  • Flashbacks or Nightmares related to physical abuse or sexual abuse 

  • Intense and overwhelming emotions like sadness, anger, and guilt

  • Actively avoiding places, people, or activities that remind you of the traumatic event

  • Constant feelings of being on edge

  • Hypervigilance

  • Exaggerated startle response 

  • Negative Self-Beliefs 

  • Feeling unworthy or powerless

  • Feeling responsible for the traumatic event

  • Difficulty with emotional or physical intimacy in healthy adult relationships 

  • Dissociation (Feeling detached from your emotions, body, or surroundings)

And you may want to grow in these ways:

  • Significant reduction in intrusive memories, flashbacks, nightmares, and anxiety.

  • Process and integrate traumatic memories

  • Decreased emotional and physiological response to traumatic memories

  • Reduction in hypervigilance, irritability, sleep disturbances, and avoidance 

  • More moments of peace and joy 

  • Better emotional regulation (Managing intense emotions in healthier ways)

  • Enhanced Self-Esteem

  • Establishing meditation or mindfulness practices 

  • Growth in comfort with emotional and physical intimacy

  • Better coping skills

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Meet with us in our Jersey City office or via telehealth for online therapy. 

If you have experienced a traumatic event or are struggling with PTSD, then EMDR therapy can provide significant relief and facilitate your journey towards healing and recovery. Our trained EMDR therapists utilize this evidence-based technique to help you process traumatic memories and the negative emotions, beliefs, and sensations associated with them.


You won’t start with EMDR in the first session.  Rather, your therapist will guide you through the assessment phase at your own pace–you are in charge of your story and how much you want to share and when.  Your therapist will tell you more about EMDR and assess if this is the right approach for you.  You’ll decide together when you’re ready to start.  


During an EMDR session, you will be guided to focus on specific traumatic memories while simultaneously engaging in bilateral stimulation techniques, such as eye movements, taps, or sounds. This process allows your brain to reprocess the distressing memories and integrate them in a healthier and adaptive way.
 

The benefits of EMDR therapy for trauma and PTSD are numerous. You may experience a reduction in intrusive thoughts, nightmares, and flashbacks related to the traumatic event. EMDR can help alleviate anxiety, depression, and other emotional symptoms that often accompany trauma. Additionally, it can promote a sense of empowerment, increased self-esteem, and a greater ability to cope with triggers and stressors.


Book a free consultation today to take the first step toward healing from trauma.

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