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Starting EMDR therapy

What is EMDR therapy and how does it work?

Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is a specialized psychotherapeutic approach that focuses on assisting individuals in processing these traumatic memories, diminishing their emotional intensity, and facilitating the integration of the traumatic experience into their past, enabling them to progress in their lives. This process follows four steps: history-taking, preparing the client, assessing the target memory, and processing the memory and finding an adaptive resolution. After this, Thriveworks EMDR therapists in Dover will continue to help individuals process the memory and evaluate the results of the treatment to ensure its effectiveness.

Who could benefit from EMDR?

EMDR is primarily employed to aid individuals who have endured trauma, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other distressing life events.

Who should not do EMDR?

EMDR therapy is generally less suitable for individuals currently experiencing acute trauma or those who have not yet acquired fundamental coping and distress tolerance skills. To engage in EMDR therapy effectively, one must possess a certain degree of distress tolerance.

What is the success rate of EMDR therapy?

EMDR tends to be very effective in relieving the negative symptoms associated with trauma. In a study performed by Francine Shapiro called The Role of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy in Medicine: Addressing the Psychological and Physical Symptoms Stemming from Adverse Life Experiences (2014), results showed that after just three EMDR sessions, 84% of participants reported a remission of PTSD diagnosis. EMDR will often have a higher success rate for survivors of a single traumatic event than for those who have experienced repeated or multiple instances of trauma when EMDR is performed for the same amount of time. This is due to the increased intensity of the trauma and the need to process multiple events.

How much does EMDR therapy cost?

At Thriveworks, we take most major forms of insurance, which means that many of our clients only pay $0-$50 co-pay per session. However, there are also self-pay options that sit around $200 per session, depending on the service and location, for those who are out-of-network. Because of the shorter duration, EMDR services alone can cost less than ongoing therapy.

Is EMDR therapy usually covered by insurance?

At Thriveworks, we take most major forms of insurance, accepting 575+ insurance plans and covering 1 in 2 insured Americans across the country. This means that many of our clients only pay a $0-$50 co-pay per session. However, we also offer self-pay options for those who are out-of-network.

Is EMDR therapy conducted in person or online?

If you’re looking for EMDR therapists in Dover, DE, you’re in luck. EMDR therapy at Thriveworks can be conducted both in person at one of our many offices around the U.S. and online via remote video conferencing. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How many sessions is EMDR usually?

Generally, EMDR is a shorter-term therapy, typically encompassing multiple sessions. While some individuals may make substantial progress within just a few sessions, others may opt for an extended treatment period, particularly if dealing with complex or severe trauma or conditions.

Need more help deciding?

Traumas—whether physical, emotional, or sexual—don’t always leave physical scars. They always leave emotional and mental ones though.

These invisible scars are pervasive in our lives, coming up in small nuances and life-altering havoc. PTSD encompasses a wide range of symptoms and experiences. For a long time, it was thought these emotional and mental wounds were permanent. It was thought that you couldn’t heal a damaged brain.

Counselors and researchers have long since proved that wrong. The brain and all the emotional and behavioral repercussions of it, has a remarkable ability to heal. The term neuroplasticity was coined by researchers to explain the ability of the brain to be molded like clay. Trauma is a terrifying, awful experience that can change the brain to fight against you. With the help of Thriveworks Dover counselors and a new technique called Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR for short), we can remove the claws of trauma and PTSD from your life and give you the freedom and peace you deserve.

What Is EMDR? How Does It Work?

EMDR is a brain hack that takes the brain’s natural defense mechanisms and uses it to unlock the unhealthy processes and habits it has stored. The trick is that once something has been “unlocked” it can be processed and worked through. Once it has been processed, it can be let go, and you can be free from it.

Sounds complicated? Truth be told, the science behind it kind of is. But the EMDR counselors at Thriveworks Dover are trained in the technique and can help you through any questions you might have. Plus, the actual process of using EMDR to combat PTSD is relatively simple.

After a traumatic event, the brain wants to protect itself. It does this by locking away past abuses to a place we can’t reach them. But that doesn’t mean they are gone. Nightmares, anxiety, flashbacks, and paranoia are all symptoms of your brain trying to protect you, but not understanding the harm it is actually inflicting. Thriveworks Dover believes in the power of talking hardships through, but that becomes immensely difficult when your brain is blocking you from processing fully.

Great, but how does EMDR unlock those memories and emotions caused from traumatic events and PTSD? The key is in the eyes.

Most memory processing occurs during the REM sleep cycle. REM is characterized by rapid eye movements, when your eyes dart rapidly from left to right. This movement connects the left and right hemispheres.

EMDR with Thriveworks Dover seeks to recreate this healing stage of sleep. There is a lot more that goes into it than moving your eyes back and forth of course, but our trauma and PTSD therapists will be there to walk with you every step of the way.

A key component of EMDR is to actively process a painful memory. This can be frightening. Your brain locked that memory away for a reason after all. But Thriveworks Dover will make the counseling session a place you can feel safe in. Together, we can insert control into a dangerous memory.

Once you are in control again, and not your natural instincts, healing can occur.

Some people might be hesitant to try a nontraditional method such as EMDR. Thriveworks Dover ensures that it is entirely safe and has been proven to help many people work through trauma. We won’t change your memories or who you are. We are taking away the control trauma has over your brain and giving it back to you—so you can chase after the life you’ve dreamed of.

Is EMDR for you?

EMDR has many uses. It has proved remarkably affective against trauma. Again, this can be any type of trauma. Some people have crystal clear memories of the tragedy that happened to them. Others have no idea. They all are being negatively impacted by trauma and want the freedom that comes from complete healing.

You are never “too broken”. The brain has extraordinary ability to heal, and you have extraordinary ability to persevere. Just by reading this and reaching out you are proving that you a have the strength and courage to overcome that trauma and PTSD you’ve experienced.

EMDR is usually used in conjunction with talk therapy. Our Thriveworks Dover counselors are highly trained in both methods. It’s not magic, it can’t just make all the pain and trauma and repercussions go away, but it can be a highly affective tool in the healing process.

If you are ready to take the first step towards healing and a free life, give us a call. Our trauma and EMDR counselors are excited to meet you and begin this journey with you.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We accept 585+ insurance plans, and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Dover therapists and counselors accept 21 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • AmeriHealth New Jersey

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware | BCBS

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

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Self-pay costs at Dover
Talk therapy

Talk therapy

Includes individual, couples, child/ teen, & family therapy

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Talk therapy

Psychiatry

Includes reducing symptoms with medication & management

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

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I have had nothing but a great results seeing Emily! She has helped me walk through my problems and try different ways to work through them. She is a wonderful listener and person. I would highly reccomend Emily. I look forward to her help with my problems.
Read more I have had nothing but a great results seeing Emily! She has helped me walk through my problems and try different ways to work through them. She is a wonderful listener and person. I would highly reccomend Emily. I look forward to her help with my problems.
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I’ve been searching for the right fit. Had almost given up after 2 unsuccessful relationships with other counselors in the last year. Thriveworks makes scheduling easy, takes my insurance (Aetna), and offers quality, invested care. For the first time, I look forward to counseling sessions and feel so much better after! Hend Salah is helping me see things differently and get my life back on track.
Read more I’ve been searching for the right fit. Had almost given up after 2 unsuccessful relationships with other counselors in the last year. Thriveworks makes scheduling easy, takes my insurance (Aetna), and offers quality, invested care. For the first time, I look forward to counseling sessions and feel so much better after! Hend Salah is helping me see things differently and get my life back on track.
Dover Feb 2020
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Thriveworks is a very significant business for many families around the world the new location is beautiful and the staff is extremely professional and very helpful..A plus grade all day
Read more Thriveworks is a very significant business for many families around the world the new location is beautiful and the staff is extremely professional and very helpful..A plus grade all day
Dover Aug 2019
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Very Professional Staff!...Very Clean offices...and I appreciate the coffee.
Dover Aug 2019
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I am very pleased with Thrive Counseling. The staff there are super helpful and make for a pleasant experience.
Read more I am very pleased with Thrive Counseling. The staff there are super helpful and make for a pleasant experience.
Dover Aug 2019
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Thriveworks is amazing. The owners are such caring and amazing people, always going out of their way to help. The online portal is the best . I highly recommend Thriveworks
Read more Thriveworks is amazing. The owners are such caring and amazing people, always going out of their way to help. The online portal is the best . I highly recommend Thriveworks
Dover May 2019
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I love Thriveworks and was so excited to see this new location in Dover. When I called the number to get info I spoke directly to the owner and she was so sweet and helpful. So much so I felt I needed to leave a review. Cant wait until they open.
Read more I love Thriveworks and was so excited to see this new location in Dover. When I called the number to get info I spoke directly to the owner and she was so sweet and helpful. So much so I felt I needed to leave a review. Cant wait until they open.
Dover May 2019
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Dover is located at 1326 S Governors Ave Suite A, Dover, DE 19904, at the intersection of Fiddlers Green.

Phone number

(302) 365-8761

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