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675 people sought EMDR therapy help in Michigan in the last year

Discover how starting EMDR therapy can support your own journey toward a happier, more fulfilling life.

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ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, ASR, Blue Care Network of Michigan, +24 more
Domestic Abuse, Anger, Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, Self Esteem, +15 more

I am a caring and supportive individual that will help guide children and adults to learn the skills they need, while supporting them through their th... I am a caring and supportive individual that will help guide children and adults to learn the skills they need, while supporting them through their therapeutic journey. Read more

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, ASR, Blue Care Network of Michigan, +23 more
Anger, Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, Men’s Issues, Self Esteem, +9 more

My aim is to offer you a therapeutic alliance through which you can heal from past wounds and embrace imperfections so that you may cultivate and enri... My aim is to offer you a therapeutic alliance through which you can heal from past wounds and embrace imperfections so that you may cultivate and enrich the best aspects of you. Read more

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, ASR, Blue Care Network of Michigan, +19 more
LGBTQIA+, Anger, Coping Skills, Infidelity, Self Esteem, +12 more

As the wife of a United States Marine, and the daughter of parents who fostered teenage girls, I am able to understand the struggles of trauma/PTSD, a... As the wife of a United States Marine, and the daughter of parents who fostered teenage girls, I am able to understand the struggles of trauma/PTSD, anxiety, depression and self-doubt. Read more

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

ASR, Blue Care Network of Michigan, Blue Care Network of Michigan Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO), +19 more
Domestic Abuse, Anger, Women’s Issues, Sexual Abuse, OCD / Obsessive-Compulsive, +4 more

My passion is to help people feel heard and empowered to live their best lives.

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 Portage 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 Portage, MI, 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?

For years, cognitive-behavioral therapy, or CBT, has been the go-to for helping people experiencing repressed trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, pain, personality disorders, and more. In CBT at Thriveworks Portage, the therapist helps the client evaluate their negative beliefs and behaviors and purposefully make changes to those beliefs and behaviors, while also managing their reactions to negative beliefs and behaviors as they occur. The primary difference between EDMR and CBT is that EMDR does not include detailed descriptions of the traumatic events, nor does it involve regular homework or extended exposure to events that cause behavioral-emotional reactions stemming from the trauma.

But Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing has similar goals to CBT—to help the client shift their thoughts from painful ones to calming, positive thoughts and beliefs. We do this in a deceptively simple way—by having the client shift their gaze back and forth while recalling the distressing events. Alternatively, we may tap or use a sound to accomplish the same goals. After a time, we will help you shift your thoughts to calming ones that can positively reinforce the mental state you’d like to experience. Each session lasts around 60-90 minutes.

Does that sound a little odd? Believe it or not, studies show that by recalling stressful events first and then shifting to calming thoughts while connecting a movement—such as shifting the gaze or tapping—can alter the way the brain processes those stressful thoughts.

EMDR has eight phases:

1. Gathering the client history and planning treatment

This includes discussing the specific problem that brought the client in as well as the present situations that cause distress.

2. Preparation

During this phase, the client will be prepared for what will occur during each session, but they will also be taught relaxation techniques they can begin to use immediately.

3. Assessment

The therapist and client work together during this phase to select the representative memory to be targeted, as well as the negative belief stemming from that memory. Then, they will pick an appropriate replacement belief. At various points during therapy, the client will be asked to rank on a scale of 1-10 how true the replacement belief feels. It is the gradually increasing rank of that statement that helps evaluate whether the therapy is working.

4. Desensitization

During this phase, the targeted memory as well as tangential memories and feelings are addressed as they arise.

5. Installation

The focus of this phase is to fully cement the positive belief chosen in the Assessment phase.

6. Body Scan

Though at this point the patient may be feeling much better, it is now that the therapist will check in to determine whether the original event can be discussed without the client experiencing any tension in the body. If there is tension, it will be addressed.

7. Closure

At the end of each session, the therapist will walk the client through relaxation techniques that ensure the client leaves feeling better than when they came in.

8. Reevaluation

At the beginning of each session, the therapist and client will visit briefly in an effort to determine whether the results seen so far have been maintained. From here, they can evaluate the appropriateness of the treatment and how it should proceed.

If you’re struggling with anxiety, pain, PTSD, substance abuse, or another challenge, consider EMDR therapy. Give Thriveworks Portage a call—we will evaluate you and your situation and help you determine if EMDR or another therapy will suit your needs.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We cover 180 million Americans – and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Portage therapists and counselors accept 29 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • ASR

  • Behavioral Health Systems

  • Blue Care Network of Michigan

  • Blue Care Network of Michigan Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan | BCBS

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan | BCBS Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

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Self-pay costs at Portage
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

Hear from our clients

4.9 Thriveworks Portage reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
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This will be short since I can only type with one hand currently, but I thoroughly enjoyed my first session with Dan. He seems very patient, thoughtful, and intelligent. I look forward to working with him and letting him pick my brain to help me become a healthier and more balanced person!
Read more This will be short since I can only type with one hand currently, but I thoroughly enjoyed my first session with Dan. He seems very patient, thoughtful, and intelligent. I look forward to working with him and letting him pick my brain to help me become a healthier and more balanced person!
Portage Jun 2022
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★★★★★
Cassie met with my cousin for several sessions to discuss issues related to my cousin's childhood. Cassie helped my cousin assess her feelings in a balanced way . She was also very supportive, listening and providing feedback effectively without being judgmental. This was exactly what my cousin needed. A very rare technique among many counselors these days.
Read more Cassie met with my cousin for several sessions to discuss issues related to my cousin's childhood. Cassie helped my cousin assess her feelings in a balanced way . She was also very supportive, listening and providing feedback effectively without being judgmental. This was exactly what my cousin needed. A very rare technique among many counselors these days.
Portage Feb 2022
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★★★★★
Rudy was professional and approachable. He was able to point out beliefs I had that were interfering with my ability to enjoy my life, but did so in a respectful manner. He was an effective therapist, with a genuine, caring approach.
Read more Rudy was professional and approachable. He was able to point out beliefs I had that were interfering with my ability to enjoy my life, but did so in a respectful manner. He was an effective therapist, with a genuine, caring approach.
Portage Feb 2021
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★★★★★
The best
Portage Jul 2020
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★★★★★
The intake coordinator Brittany was AMAZING. She listened to my needs so she could match me with a therapist that could help me. She was incredibly kind and truly listened to me in a stressful situation.
Read more The intake coordinator Brittany was AMAZING. She listened to my needs so she could match me with a therapist that could help me. She was incredibly kind and truly listened to me in a stressful situation.
Portage Jul 2020
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★★★★★
Alex helped me more than I can say! He was sensitive and patient with me and helped we work through some very difficult issues. His knowledge and communication skills guided me towards a positive outcome that gave me great peace. Thank you so much Alex for being there for me!
Read more Alex helped me more than I can say! He was sensitive and patient with me and helped we work through some very difficult issues. His knowledge and communication skills guided me towards a positive outcome that gave me great peace. Thank you so much Alex for being there for me!
Portage Jul 2020
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★★★★★
Heather has always been the person that many people go to for advice and help. When she isn't helping people at work she is helping people at our church. All of the staff at Thriveworks are great. I highly recommend Thriveworks Counseling.
Read more Heather has always been the person that many people go to for advice and help. When she isn't helping people at work she is helping people at our church. All of the staff at Thriveworks are great. I highly recommend Thriveworks Counseling.
Portage Jul 2020
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★★★★★
The experience from the persons answering the phone and emails to my counselor, Heather, have been efficient and very helpful. I'm very thankful for Thriveworks because I can count on you when I need you most.
Read more The experience from the persons answering the phone and emails to my counselor, Heather, have been efficient and very helpful. I'm very thankful for Thriveworks because I can count on you when I need you most.
Portage Jun 2019
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Where to find us

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Portage is off of Milham Avenue and New Port Road. We are somewhat near a Chick-fil-A, and in the same shopping area as DICK’s, off of Gladys.

Phone number

(269) 264-4920

Languages spoken by MI providers

  • English
  • Spanish
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