EMDR + Trauma Counseling in Atlanta
You’re ready to overcome the pain and fear of your memories. To find peace in your past and to trust in your ability to find freedom in your life.
So here you are: Irritable, uncomfortable, frozen…you’re considering EMDR therapy in Atlanta
You honestly thought your trauma was insignificant, but when you truly think about it…
You’ve become someone you don’t even recognize.
Regardless of how strong you are and how brave you try to be, you are not equipped to move past what happened and heal. You absolutely thought you were stronger than your pain and suffering, and that you had the power to make things better. But you’re positive now that you will continue to live an effected life if you do not get trauma counseling.
It’s extremely painful to admit that you aren’t as capable as you know you should be. Life changes so much when significant trauma happens and you need a special skill set and strategies to cope with your new reality.
But, something we want you to know is, everyone who struggles with instances of trauma has to redefine what life looks like. You are not the only person to feel like a victim and that your circumstances are robbing you of your life. We see this every day in our work with trauma clients. The key is continuing to heal from the past, focusing on your strengths, and developing a plan to address the areas you want to improve.
You’re ready to cope with the trauma of your past and to move forward in a way that feels like you’re reclaiming your life. You’re ready to book an Atlanta EMDR therapy appointment.
When You Engage in trauma Counseling/EMDR therapy with Us
You will learn about feeling more in control of your life and your circumstances
You will learn about the resources you need to reach out for help and to establish a strong support system.
You will learn about connecting more fully with friends and family without experiencing symptoms of trauma such as depression and/or anxiety
You will learn about how to experience relief from the shame and guilt you carry around as the result of your trauma
You will learn about how to find relief knowing that no matter what you’ve been through, you will be able heal from the past and thrive in your life going forward
Our Atlanta EMDR Therapy and Trauma counseling Process
Our Atlanta EMDR therapy and trauma counseling process helps you face the memories of what happened to you and develop the skills to keep them from impacting you in a negative way. Together, we will strive to reduce your irritability, anxiety, and isolation and improve your ability to connect and relate to loved ones. We will discover ways for you to regain ownership of your daily tasks and complete them without feeling weighed down by your past.
We’ll meet together weekly for 50-minute therapy sessions. There is no set duration for trauma counseling and the number of sessions is based solely on the client’s needs. In our work together we will use evidenced-based approaches to treating trauma which may include EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), CBT, and other approaches.
Here’s what to expect:
WEEK ONE: Intake
During this initial session, we define the counseling relationship and discuss the details of informed consent. We gather information about you, your family members, and your biological, psychological, and social history and how this is impacting your current situation. We also discuss the goals you have going forward.
WEEKS TWO And BEYOND: Atlanta EMDR therapy and Trauma Counseling
Together, in each subsequent session, we will use EMDR therapy or other forms of trauma counseling approaches to treat the struggles you are experiencing since accepting your trauma. With the EMDR therapy model, we use eye movements to engage both sides of your brain (the logical and emotional sides) to help you process distressing memories and beliefs.
Together we will process the current state of your experience with trauma and how it is affecting your family relationships, work experiences, and social life, and set goals for where you want them to be.
TERMINATION: 1-2 Final Sessions
In our final sessions, we will review your goals to ensure you are satisfied with your counseling experience and that our work together has met your expectations. We will also outline a plan going forward so that you are able to retain what we have worked on together and implement all you have learned outside of session.
** If you find yourself feeling like you want to approach your trauma slowly, we have training in multiple trauma-related interventions and we can work with what you feel most comfortable with. We will work together to set up a plan for your counseling experience. For example, I can provide talk therapy to address your trauma if that feels comfortable for you. PLEASE NOTE, EMDR THERAPY IS A SPECIALTY AND THE TEAM MEMBERS WHO ARE TRAINED IN IT ARE MIKELA HALLMARK, AND KEVIN CONDON.
More About Atlanta EMDR therapy
Hi, I’m Mikela, a Licensed Professional Counselor. I have trained in EMDR therapy and other types of trauma related therapist. I am invested in helping individuals embrace life after trauma. It is my passion to help clients relax and feel calmer in their surroundings. I also make it my mission to help clients live their lives fully without worrying about triggering their trauma. Because I’ve gotten so busy, I have tried to bring on other amazing counselors who can be great supports for clients. Pamela Madsen, MS, APC is our other counselor who is trained in emdr. She shares some of my same values and passions about supporting clients well. You can read more about her here.
Whether your traumatic experience was recent or took place years ago, you can rid yourself of harmful feelings or beliefs surrounding the event and move through it in a healthy way. I am dedicated to helping those with traumatic backgrounds increase their positive reactions with others and form functional and bonded relationships with their family members.
You can read more about our training and specialties here.
Who Benefits Most from EMDR Counseling and Trauma Counseling
- You are interested in learning the ways trauma has affected your body and brain
- You are willing to adapt the skills you learn in the therapy room to your life outside of session
- You experience intense anxiety and pain when you remember your story
- You are ready to find a way to regulate your emotions so that you can move forward in a more steady and stable way
- You no longer wish to feel like a victim of your circumstances
- An untreated mental health concern
- A reluctance to dive deep into traumatic events
- You are addicted to or are abusing illegal substances
What Does Trauma Counseling and EMDR therapy in Atlanta Cost?
We do not currently work with insurance companies.
In the meantime, we can work together to explore payment options such as Flexible Spending Accounts, Health Service Accounts, and Out of Network insurance benefits.
EMDR – Atlanta trauma counseling is fee-for-service at the rate of $200 per 50 minute session to see Mikela Hallmark and $175 to see all other team members who are trained in EMDR. We accept all major methods of payment.