A sensory method to address emotional pain

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Unresolved emotional trauma is often at the root of addiction and mental health issues. If not addressed, this past pain can continue to impact your life in the present. At Gentle Path at The Meadows we use state-of-the-art methodologies to treat unresolved emotional trauma. 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 benefits, but that type of therapy on its own 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 to 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. 

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Change Your Story

Gentle Path is a safe, nurturing community composed of peers where your journey of recovery will include not just dealing with outward behaviors but examining the underlying causes. The goal is to gain the courage to face difficult issues (including grief and loss), heal from emotional trauma, and become accountable for your feelings, behaviors, and recovery. 


Taking that first step is hard, but there’s a new life of health and hope just waiting for you. The next chapter of your life can begin now, but only you can change your story.

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