All Kinds of News for March 08, 2017
Therapists at Moonridge Academy, a premier residential treatment center, have been successfully treating young teenage girls ages 11-15 with extensive trauma for many years. In their ongoing efforts to provide the most optimal and effective forms of therapy at Moonridge Academy, several of the therapists have recently started the process to become certified in EMDR. EMDR will be added to further enhance the therapy modalities already provided at Moonridge Academy including Sand Tray Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Play Therapy, Adventure Therapy and Equine Assisted Therapy.
What is EMDR? Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proved highly effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches. EMDR enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma.
Moonridge Academy’s Executive Director, Tawny Thomas along with Clinical Director Jennifer Hedrick and Adventure Therapy Director Ruth Morrow have completed the first 3-day training session in EMDR training. They will complete a second 3-day training session in April 2017. In addition to hours of instruction and training, the therapists will also be involved in consultation with an EMDR-certified instructor. The clinical team at Moonridge Academy is excited that they can now provide students with this specialized type of therapy if needed during their therapeutic process.
About Moonridge AcademyMoonridge Academy is a CERTS Program in beautiful Southern Utah with 16 beds, and is specifically designed for younger girls, ages 11-15. Younger girls need a younger environment, without the influence of older girls' more sophisticated or advanced issues. Moonridge takes a young approach to therapy and intervention, even our DBT program is taught and delivered at this specific age range level. Moonridge is intensive residential treatment for girls with issues of trauma, emotional regulation, depression, family conflict, and beginning stages of self-harm or substance experimentation. Traditional schooling is provided and Moonridge uses play and laughter to connect, a warm family environment to protect, and deep therapy to inspire and create change.