EMDR Therapy for Men

Uncover the Root Causes of Trauma and Anxiety That is Holding You Back

Denver Men’s Therapy is the only therapy practice certified in EMDR therapy in Denver. EMDR therapy might be the answer you are looking for.

Are the important relationships in your life falling apart? Is something at work getting the best of you? Are you bothered by a persistent fear, stress, or anxiety? Maybe loved ones are telling you they are concerned about you.

These feelings are tough and confusing. Very often these negative thoughts, behaviors, and feelings are caused by negative life experiences from our past.

Meeting with a professional EMDR therapist in Denver will help you resolve these past experiences that have caused you to feel this way and help you to become a happier, more confident man who is able to meet life’s challenges in a healthy way.

EMDR Therapy

EMDR is a Great Option for Men’s Therapy

EMDR is shorter term therapy,  focused on symptom reduction. EMDR therapy does not require you to talk in detail about difficult experiences. Men respond to stress, trauma and life experiences in a unique way. We also experience mental health symptoms differently than our female counterparts. Therefore, we will explore how masculinity, gender roles, and expectations may be contributing and interacting with current struggles.

At Denver Men’s Therapy, we combine our advanced training in EMDR therapy with our specialization in Men’s Issues.

While it’s true that our changing world makes being a man these days a little confusing, we also believe that men have incredible and healthy strengths, resources and skills. We build and strengthen these during the EMDR therapy process. In other words, we work to resolve what’s holding you back while improving what makes you a uniquely awesome man.

What Symptoms Does EMDR Therapy Treat?

  • Trauma/ PTSD
  • Addictions
  • Physical Pain
  • Reduce Unhealthy Anger
  • Positive processing of past harmful memories
  • Fear and Avoidance
  • Resolve painful emotions
  • Reduced intrusive thoughts and flashbacks
  • Shame

What is EMDR Therapy?

EMDR therapy is a phase-oriented therapy. This means that each phase builds on itself. It also means that you always understand where you are in the therapy process and why you are doing what you are doing. The time it takes to complete EMDR therapy depends on your personal history. Although EMDR therapy may produce results more rapidly than previous forms of therapy, speed is not the focus and it is important to remember that every client has different needs. The goal of EMDR therapy in Denver Men’s Therapy is to leave you with the emotions, understanding, and perspectives that will lead to healthy and useful behaviors and interactions.

Men Say EMDR Therapy is:

Life-Changing

“EMDR therapy is a way to use your own physical body to reverse damage from trauma, depression, anxiety, or even to help with low energy, ED, stress or regular everyday hard times. It’s helped so many people.” – S. R.

Effective

“Highly skilled, compassionate, and effective. Working from a space of deep empathy and authentic communication, Stephen employs the EMDR methodology to successfully help adult men process trauma and create new possibilities for their lives.” – B.B.

EMDR consists of 8 Phases:

Phase 1: History and Treatment Planning

In the first phase of EMDR treatment, we explore your history and develop a treatment plan. This phase will include a discussion of the specific problem that brought you into therapy, and the behaviors and symptoms stemming from that problem.

Phase 2: Preparation

In this phase, the therapist will teach you some specific techniques so you can rapidly deal with any emotional disturbance that may arise. One of the primary goals of the preparation phase is to establish a relationship of trust between you and the therapist. If you do not trust your therapist you may not accurately report what you feel and experience during the eye movements.

Phase 3: Assessment

In this phase, you will be prompted to notice different aspects of a specific memory.

Phase 4: Desensitization

In this phase, We reprocess the disturbing incident until it is neutral. You will still remember the incident, but it will no longer cause you distress.

Phase 5: Installation

The goal is to concentrate on and increase the strength of the positive response you have identified to replace your original negative response. During this fifth phase of treatment, your positive responses will be strengthened.

Phase 6: Body scan

After the positive response has been strengthened and installed, we will ask you to bring the original target event to mind and see if any residual tension is noticed in the body. If so, these physical sensations are then targeted for reprocessing.

Phase 7: Closure scan

Closure ensures that you leave at the end of each session feeling better than at the beginning. If the processing of the traumatic target event is not complete in a single session, we will assist you in using a variety of self-calming techniques in order to regain a sense of equilibrium.

Phase 8: Reevaluation

At the beginning of subsequent sessions, we check to make sure that the positive results have been maintained, identify any new areas that need treatment and continue reprocessing the additional targets. The Reevaluation Phase guides us through the treatment plans that are needed in order to deal with your problems. As with any form of good therapy, reevaluation is vital in order to determine the success of the treatment over time.

EMDR therapy is not complete until attention has been brought to the past memories that are contributing to the problem, the present situations that are disturbing, and what skills you may need for the future.

Denver Men’s Therapy Works Exclusively with Men on Men’s Issues

The traditional definition of masculinity says you are expected to publicly be strong and display only an aggressive persona. As a man, you “must” always be in control of your surroundings. To show vulnerability is not acceptable.

The problem with this narrative is it often leaves men to face emotional trauma alone and in silence. This also prevents men from processing their complex emotions. This rigid view of masculinity results in poor mental health, physical health, relationship problems, and addiction.

Our special focus on helping men with emotional trauma, anxiety, and depression through EMDR therapy in Denver provides you with the unique opportunity to resolve the roadblocks in your life. At Denver Men’s Therapy, we are redefining what is expected of the modern American male.

Our practice gives men the place and time to safely wander away from the difficult spot the American man is in these days. In therapy, we can explore what it means to be a man in today’s society, while we uncover the root causes of emotional trauma and anxiety that is keeping you stuck.

Take the first step to getting unstuck. Discover how EMDR therapy can work for you.