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EMDR Therapy in Denver

Connected Brain Counseling offers EMDR Therapists in Denver Specialized in Trauma 

EMDR Therapists in Denver

Understanding Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy

What happens during an EMDR session? 

EMDR consists of a multi-step process that you and your therapist will track together. During sessions, you can expect your therapist to start by gathering background information, assessing readiness for EMDR, then completing bi-lateral stimulation, tracking eye movements and discussing beliefs around traumatic events. 

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How is EMDR different than counseling?

EMDR is more structured than a traditional counseling session as clients are required to pass through stages of EMDR processing in order to complete subsequent stages. However, clients may move forward and backward through these stages depending on their readiness level on a given day. 

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Finding an EMDR Therapist in Denver

Nope! In order to provide EMDR therapy, Master's Level Therapists (or above) are required to complete a special training and achieve certification prior to offering services. Since this is a speciality form of training, you can learn how much EMDR therapy costs at our pricing page here

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How to Know What Type of Therapy Is Best For You

EMDR is an active form of therapy that requires clients to verbalize events that may spark uncomfortable and/or tender emotional states. For some clients, being able to speak about their trauma is vital to healing. However for others, a more passive or gentle form of therapy such as neurofeedback is a better fit. You can learn more about neurofeedback therapy here and schedule a free consultation with a licensed therapist to determine your best course of treatment here

A 1998 study conducted by Carlson et al found that military veterans exposed to EMDR experienced a 77-percent remission in their PTSD diagnosis within 12 sessions.
A meta-analysis conducted by Van Etten and Taylor found that EMDR was just as, if not more than, effective as exposure therapy in its ability to minimize PTSD symptoms efficiently."

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  • What is neurofeedback?
    Neurofeedback teaches the brain through operant conditioning (think Pavlov's dog!) how to adjust electrical patterns and neuronal connections that contribute to difficulty in behavioral change. More details can be found here.
  • Are there any negative side effects to neurofeedback?
    Neurofeedback is an incredibly safe modality that works within the natural processes of your brain. At the worst, some of our clients report minor headaches, agitation or a brief disruption in sleep. In general, most clients leave feeling relaxed or neutral.
  • What psychiatric disorders does neurofeedback treat?
    While most brains can benefit from neurofeedback to increase feelings of peace, joy and overall wellbeing...the conditions that neurofeedback most commonly treat include generalized anxiety, depression, ADD/ADHD, PTSD/C-PTSD, insomnia, memory loss and more. These disorders are well studied and documented to have positive results.
  • Are the results of neurofeedback permanent?
    Relatively, yes! While no treatment program can completely ease the effects of unpredicted stress or future trauma, our clients tend to feel more resilient and confident in managing stressors without neurofeedback after their treatment program. The vast majority of our clients end their program with a 30-70% reduction in symptom severity and only visit us for "tune ups" in the face of extreme stress or newly developed trauma.
  • How does neurofeedback therapy help behavioral change?
    Neurofeedback therapy assists in calming the nervous system which allows the client greater access to making behavioral changes. Many individuals know they need to change a behavior, but their nervous system is acting from a trauma response that keeps them in repetitive destruction patterns. Neurofeedback regulates the brain to a calmer, safer baseline state that then allows the client to mindfully choose new behaviors and perspectives with the assistance of a licensed therapist.
  • Do you accept insurance?
    We do not currently accept insurance. We accept HSA/FSA cards and are able to provide superbills at request.
  • Can I complete EMDR, TMS or another form of trauma treatment while completing neurofeedback sessions?
    Yes! Many of our clients take a holistic and well-rounded approach to mental health treatment and complete multiple types of treatment at once. Your clinician will discuss the implications of completing multiple forms of therapy at once during your consultation. We suggest completing talk therapy with your neurofeedback therapy program at a minimum in order to gain the most benefit from your time with us.
  • How many sessions of neurofeedback do I need to complete?
    Most clients complete a minimum of 40 sessions, with some requiring 80+ sessions. The number of sessions a brain needs is determined from a QEEG Brain Map. We re-evaluate your progress every 10 sessions to discuss what changes you feeling or not feeling, and adjust protocols depending on data fluctuations. With this level of detail paid to your progress, you will likely not need more than the quoted amount of sessions.
  • I have more questions! Who can I talk to about Neurofeedback and see if it's right for me?
    We offer free 20 minute consultations for clients interested in neurofeedback, counseling or the combination of the two! Schedule your free consultation online here to get started with your journey to mental health healing.
  • What is the difference between biofeedback and neurofeedback?
    Neurofeedback is a subcategory of biofeedback. Biofeedback works on bodily functions such as heart rate and body temperature to help regulate the nervous system. Neurofeedback works specifically on brain waves to help regulate symptoms associated with mental health such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADD, insomnia and more.
  • How many times a week should I do neurofeedback?
    We recommend you train two to three times a week consistently in order to gain the most out of your program. Brief absences from training are not detrimental, however if you are going to be gone for over a month during your time with us we suggest you wait to start your program until you return from your time away.
  • Is neurofeedback FDA approved?
    Yes! Neurofeedback therapy is FDA approved as a safe and effective form of treatment for mental health symptoms especially when combined with other modalities such as counseling.
  • Does neurofeedback help kids and adults with ADD?
    Yes! ADD and ADHD are some of the most well studied diagnoses for neurofeedback therapy. Read up on our specialty page here
  • Can neurofeedback cure trauma?
    qEEG Brain Mapping and Neurofeedback therapy can help ease symptoms of trauma by regulating the brain, taking it out of "fight or flight" mode and help increase patterns of mindfulness and mood regulation. It is also proven to help ease symptoms of anxiety, depression, OCD and others that may co-occur with trauma. Read more on our page here.
  • How to find a good therapist in Denver
    We suggest you start at our "Meet the Team" page here to see if any of our therapists are a good fit for you. If not, resources such as Psychology Today allow you to filter the type of therapist you are looking to work with based on symptom and goal to help you find the right therapist in Denver for you.
  • Do you accept insurance for counseling?
    We do not currently accept insurance. We accept HSA/FSA cards and are able to provide superbills at request.
  • Is at home neurofeedback effective?
    Up until recently, the technology for at home neurofeedback training systems was not proven to be as effective as in office equipment. With the field rapidly growing, though, new options for at home neurofeedback that are effective are hitting the market. We conduct consults to see if the type of equipment we offer is right for you and what types of results you can expect to see in office vs at home in a training program.
  • How often do I train with my at home neurofeedback program?
    Most clients are asked to train 3-4 times a week with their at home neurofeedback program. Some clients will train as often as daily to start depending on symptom severity and what is learned from your qEEG Brain Map.
  • What is the investment for an at home neurofeedback program?
    All remote neurofeedback training programs start at $600 for the initial qEEG Brain Map. This includes two hours of data collection and reviewing data with a clinician. Clients will purchase their headset for $250 (which can be used with multiple family members in the home). The monthly charge for remote training after that is $600/month. We do not have contracts and clients are free to end training at any time.
  • What conditions can at home neurofeedback training treat?
    Empirical evidence shows that at home neurofeedback training can ease symptom severity for conditions including anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADD/ADHD, insomnia and more.
  • What happens if I end an at home neurofeedback training program prematurely?
    You can expect to feel some benefit from the training you completed prior to ending your program, however the longevity and permanency of these results cannot be guaranteed without an adequate amount of time being trained.
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