Therapists in Arizona specializing in Trauma and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Therapy for Trauma

Trauma is the result of experiencing a perceived, extremely distressful event. Although the stress threshold for each person differs, meaning that each person considers and experiences trauma differently, it is an event that tops one’s threshold. It exceeds one’s ability to cope or emotionally process. Symptoms may include shock, anxiety, confusion, hopelessness, feeling disconnected, mood swings, nightmares, and intrusive thoughts. Working with a therapist who specializes in trauma may reduce symptom frequency and severity and lead to a better quality of life.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is a non-traditional form of psychotherapy using guided lateral eye movements alongside other techniques to reduce negative feelings associated with memories of trauma. It focuses less on the traumatic event and more so on the resulting emotions. You’ll find mental health professionals who specialize in EMDR listed below.

Finding Psychologists, Therapists, and Counselors in Arizona

Finding a therapist in Arizona may be easier in the city of Phoenix. Online therapy may be a good option if you live in more rural areas or if a therapist with a particular specialty is not located near you. 

Out of pocket costs for therapy in Arizona will run between $100 - $130+ per session. For couples counseling and family therapy, costs are about $120 - $150+ per session. First appointments with a therapist tend to be a little longer and may cost a little more. Also, it’s important to note that specialized services can cost more.

There are currently over 21,000 counselors working in Arizona with licenses, including Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC), and Psychologists (Ph.D. and Psy.D.). 

If you think you might qualify for free or reduced-cost services from the state, take a look at the AHCCCS website and/or see if you qualify for Medicaid.

Licensed clinicians (and even interns) are held to strict practice guidelines to protect clients. If you’d like to learn more about identifying and reporting misconduct, learn more here.

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