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EMDR Trauma Therapy

Trauma disrupts your brain's ability to connect with safety.
EMDR activates your brain's natural healing process so
you can get the relief you need.

Heal from the pain
of past trauma
Stop being triggered
by memories
Feel safe, strong &
in control again
It’s not your fault
When traumatic events happen, our brains often don’t process the event at the time of the trauma – essentially putting our brains on hold. This creates an emotional backlog that keeps you stuck.
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EMDR Trauma Therapy Can Help You Find Your Way If You're:

  • Having trouble sleeping and/or upsetting dreams about the traumatic event
  • Experiencing flashbacks or are unable to stop replaying the trauma
  • Feeling anxious and panicked without a current trigger
  • Feeling afraid or unsafe in a similar environment where the trauma occurred
  • Not understanding why this happened to you
  • Feeling shame or guilt that you were somehow responsible
  • Feeling numb, and emotionally shutdown
  • Experiencing physical symptoms like digestive issues, headaches, etc.

What Is EMDR?

EMDR (Eye Movement and Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy) is an integrative and holistic approach to healing from trauma. It is one of the most recommended therapies for trauma and PTSD survivors.

It is a structured therapy and can be completed in fewer sessions than other psychotherapies. Most people should start to see some improvements in their symptoms, if not process the traumatic memory completely, in 6 to 12 sessions.

EMDR Trauma Therapy

How We Help You

Step 1: We Learn About You

During your first session, we will learn about the experience that brought you in and the feelings associated with your trauma. We will establish the goals for your treatment.

Step 2: Build emotional regulation skills

We will work on relaxation techniques and emotional regulation skills that will help you feel more grounded as we move through the next steps of the EMDR process.

Step 3: Memory identification & Desensitization

We use a series of techniques involving bi-lateral eye movement to help you detach intense and negative emotional reactions from the memory of the trauma you’ve experienced.

Step 4: We Assess Your Progress

At the end of your sessions, we will discuss your experience and feelings. In between sessions, you can keep track of the emotions that arise so we can use that to guide future treatments.

We create a safe environment so you can heal!

Dee Gill, Founder & Clinical Director of Searchlight Counselling in Burnaby

Dee Gill

Founder & Clinical Director

Culturally Sensitive Therapy

Why Searchlight Counselling?

Over time, pressure from society, peers and families can start to cloud your view of who you really are.

You may find you spend so much time chasing the things you believe will lead to success, only to be left feeling empty, exhausted and lost.

When you work with us, we make it our primary mission to offer caring, culturally inclusive, non-judgmental and gender affirming therapy to help you bridge the gap from where you are to where you want to be.

We can help you find your way

What You Can Expect From EMDR Therapy

As you work through the EMDR process, you may experience the following positive effects:
  • Better sleep
  • Improved feeling of safety
  • Increased confidence
  • Improved emotional strength
  • Greater ease & calmness
  • Feeling more alive
  • More aware of emotions
  • Increased resilience

It’s time to get your life back!

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Frequently Asked Questions About EMDR Therapy For Trauma

Frequently Asked Questions About
EMDR Therapy For Trauma

There are big “T” trauma events like loss of a loved one, major accidents, sexual/physical abuse, etc and there are smaller “t” trauma when you experience stress over a long period of time. If you have distressing memories or relive the past as if it is happening again.

You can never be too sensitive. Our feelings are always telling us something is not okay.

Creating a safe environment where you feel supported is the most important thing. We give you tools and teach you how to cope with distressing emotions before starting the trauma work. You set the pace of the session and are in control of how deep you want to go into the trauma.

It depends on many factors such as the intensity and duration of the traumatic event, how recently it occurred, your age at the time of the event, what meaning you gave the event at the time, and what supports you had at the time it occurred. All traumatic events can be worked on overtime and some will take longer than others.

You can get to a place where you can recall the trauma without feeling like you are reliving it or continuing to be distressed by it.

We welcome you to book a free consultation with our team. Together, we can identify the best course of action to get your the help you are looking for.

Therapists who specialize in EMDR Therapy

Therapists who specialize in EMDR Therapy

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Dee Gill

Founder & Clinical Director
Registered Psychotherapist

How You Get Started

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