All Kinds of News for October 04, 2017
Elevations RTC, a residential treatment center for teens ages 13-18, incorporates cutting edge therapeutic approaches throughout programming. Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) is a research-based therapeutic intervention traditionally utilized when helping individuals struggling with trauma. EMDR helps individuals process unresolved trauma and negative beliefs through simple eye movements guided by a trained therapeutic professional. At Elevations RTC, Primary Therapists Matt Seelos LCSW and Phyllis Tronrud CMHC use EMDR to help students struggling with trauma as well as a variety of other mental health struggles.
Matt Seelos, LCSW, utilizes EMDR with students struggling with mental health challenges which stem from a traumatic experiences that can range from near death experiences to bullying. He is currently working on certification in EMDR and recently attended the EMDRIA (EMDR International Association) Conference. He specializes in helping young people struggling with complex little "t" traumas. These traumas include negative social interactions which can be caused by struggles with ADHD and Executive Functioning.
“EMDR has been shown to increase the brain’s ability to reprocess difficult events and decrease the expression of problematic behaviors,” comments Seelos. “I have found EMDR has been an effective tool in helping students who have a significant discrepancy between their general IQ and processing speed. EMDR allows the individual to process issues at their pace and work on things as their brain and body begin to feel ready to process these events. It has also helped individuals start to recognize how events that seemed unrelated might actually be playing a part in their current struggles.”
Phyllis Tronrud, CMHC, has completed advanced EMDR trainings geared specifically towards working with children and adolescents. Her training is specialized in complex trauma, dissociation and a somatic-based approach.
“I find EMDR helpful with a variety of mental health struggles outside of trauma,” says Tronrud. “I personally use the resourcing phase of EMDR to teach students skill development. Using EMDR bilateral stimulation while a student is connected to positive experiences enhances the strength of that experience. I also utilize techniques that I learned from my somatic-based training during group therapy sessions with students. I find that these techniques helps students to slow down hyper-arousal of their nervous system and stay present with what they are experiencing emotionally. EMDR techniques help students break down walls of resistance and allows them to feel vulnerable and open. “
About Elevations RTC
Elevations RTC is a residential treatment center that offers guidance, support and relief to adolescents struggling with issues like trauma, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, behavioral problems and substance use. Elevations RTC is located in Utah and provides specialized, clinically intensive programs to struggling teens.