Anchor Light Therapy Collective specializes in EMDR therapy for anxiety, trauma, fears/phobias, and depression. Michelle Mooney, our EMDR Therapist, is experienced with using EMDR to successfully treat a variety of issues. Sessions are offered in-person at our private office in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood. Get started today by scheduling your initial consultation.
EMDR stands for “Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing” and is an approach to treating trauma and its symptoms that utilizes phasing. Through the 8 phases your therapist will help reconnect you to the images, self-thoughts, emotions, and body sensations associated with the trauma. The phases establish a safe and measured environment conducive to the difficulty of dealing with trauma. Our minds have the power to overcome, EMDR helps the brain know it’s safe while doing so.
EMDR helps treat conditions caused by trauma. This could be nightmares, PTSD, difficult personal interactions, difficulty in relationships, fears/phobias, and depression.
I’ve spent the last four years inside community mental health settings with many different kinds of people from all walks of life, and what I know is that we can find an integrated and holistic approach that is just right for you. No matter what brings you to my practice, I meet you exactly where you are and adapt our time together to include art therapy, meditation instruction, EMDR, and any number of other modalities.
Why there is not a one size fits all timeline, progress in EMDR can be seen in as few as 4 sessions. Typically most people see a reduction in most of their symptoms in about 15 sessions. The severity and frequency of your traumatic events will dictate how many sessions that best fit your needs.
The reality is that EMDR can be a difficult process as you will be guided by your therapist in discussing painful memories. However, safeguards are also built into the EMDR process to ensure that the process does not become overwhelming and the patient can stop the process at any time. Your therapist will teach you multiple relaxation and visualization techniques you can assess any time during reprocessing. These techniques can also be used outside of session if you are feeling distressed.
EMDR therapy will not be able to fully reduce the symptoms arising from physiologically based disorders, such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. However, since trauma can inflame these disorders. People with such disorders can be treated successfully with EMDR therapy for distress related to traumatic events.
EMDR can help resolve any past distressing event. Anything from a public speaking phobia, bad breakup, grief to job stress. EMDR helps with a wide-spectrum of issues. Feelings of depression, fear and anxiety can actually be rooted in trauma or past adverse life events, so healing the trauma will help reduce these feelings as well.
EMDR therapy can assist individuals with misdiagnosed ADD/ADHD by directly addressing causal factors, and processing the memories of trauma and adversity that are at the core of the ADD/ADHD-like symptoms In the case of organically based ADD/ADHD therapy can be used in conjunction with A.D.H.D. treatments to address contributing psychological factors that exacerbate present symptoms.
Through the EMDR journey, those responses to reminders, akatriggers, can become neutralized. This means you will always have your past, but when the uncomfortable reminders come up, they no longer have a strong mental or physical effect. Internal and mental responses will be softer and more manageable.
Traumatic/distressing memories are considered impaired encoding in our brain’s neural networks. Because traumatic memories are not integrated (stored) with positive experiences, they cannot be coded in our brains in an adaptive, helpful way. These memories/experiences get “stuck” leaving us to carry these memories with us until – both emotionally and physically we find a safe and adaptive way to store these with a trauma-informed therapist.
With bilateral stimulation, information processing is now enhanced. The bi-laterals help us draw attention to new stimuli in a safe space while processing these memories. This allows the brain to determine there is no present threat when reminded of the trauma, and therefore “re-codes” the memory as less emotionally and physically distressing.
When painful memories are avoided, they keep their disturbing power. However, a flashback or nightmare can feel as upsetting and overwhelming as the original experience, yet not be helpful. In therapy, and with EMDR, you can face the memory in a safe setting, so that you do not feel overwhelmed. Then you can get through it and move on. The mind cannot heal from that which it does not ideal.
The best practice for EMDR is to meet with your EMDR therapist for weekly sessions. While it is healing, trauma work can be difficult. We want to make sure you are as supported as possible. Meeting weekly also means we can move through the work faster and meet your therapeutic goals in a smaller time frame.
Therapy creates a space for you to experience healing and progress in a way that can change your life. But of course, it’s also an investment of both time and finances. When you’re ready to commit to healing and transformation, here is what you can expect.
Initial intake appointment
(85 minutes) $175
Standard individual session
(55 minutes) $150
We do not participate with any insurance panels. Anchor Light Therapy Collective is considered an out-of-network provider. We have chosen to not panel with any insurance companies and instead focus on providing the best care to our clients. Bypassing insurance allows us to create treatment plans that are not influenced by criteria dictated by insurance companies and offer the utmost privacy to our clients.
As a courtesy to any individual clients who wish to utilize their insurance benefits, I am happy to verify your out-of-network plan benefits to tell you what portion, if any, may be covered by your health insurance provider.
The client will pay for their session at the time of service. We will then file an electronic claim on your behalf, as well as submit any additional documentation required by your insurance company.
If your plan offers out of network coverage, they will reimburse you directly by mailing you a check.
Out of network insurance coverage varies. Most insurance plans offer out of network coverage that reimburses at 40-70% once you have met the out of network deductible.