Trauma-Informed Approach and EMDR

Trauma-Informed Approach

The concept of a trauma-informed approach:

  1. Realizes the widespread impact of trauma and understands potential paths for recovery;
  2. Recognizes the signs and symptoms of trauma in clients, families, staff, and others involved with the system;
  3. Responds by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices; and
  4. Seeks to actively resist re-traumatization.”

A trauma-informed approach can be implemented in any type of service setting or organization and is distinct from trauma-specific interventions or treatments that are designed specifically to address the consequences of trauma and to facilitate healing.

Six Key Principles of a Trauma-Informed Approach

A trauma-informed approach reflects adherence to six key principles rather than a prescribed set of practices or procedures. These principles may be generalizable across multiple types of settings, although terminology and application may be setting- or sector-specific:

  1. Safety
  2. Trustworthiness and Transparency
  3. Peer support
  4. Collaboration and Mutuality
  5. Empowerment, Voice and Choice
  6. Cultural, Historical, and Gender Issues

From our perspective, it is critical to promote the linkage to recovery and resilience for those individuals and families impacted by trauma. In fostering recovery, services and supports that are trauma-informed build on the best evidence available and individual and family engagement, empowerment, and collaboration.

Trauma-Specific Interventions

Trauma-specific intervention programs generally recognize the following:

  • The survivor’s need to be respected, informed, connected, and hopeful regarding their own recovery
  • The interrelation between trauma and symptoms of trauma such as substance abuse, eating disorders, depression, and anxiety
  • The need to work in a collaborative way with survivors, family and friends of the survivor, and other human services agencies in a manner that will empower survivors and consumers


Eye Movement desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a powerful psychological treatment that has been used effectively for over 20 years in a variety of international settings and cultures with many different types of psychological distress.

Scientific research has established EMDR as effective for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Art of Counseling, pllc uses EMDR as a treatment component in the management of:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Complicated grief
  • Pain disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Sexual or Physical abuse
  • Performance anxiety
  • Stress reduction
  • Disturbing memories
  • Phobias
  • Addictions

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Combination of EMDR with Art Therapy

Using a distinctive combination of art therapy with EMDR, an extremely effective form of psychotherapy supported by rigorous research.  Together art therapy with EMDR helps improve self-esteem/confidence, building a stronger emotional foundation and mental health resilience to life’s stressors.  Effective treating anxiety, depression, stress and trauma in adults and children.

Here are some common issues that people come to Art of Counseling, pllc for help with:

  • stress and anxiety stemming from work/life imbalance, life transitions (job change, moves, births, marriage, divorce, etc.), grief/loss, troubled relationships, low self-esteem, phobias.
  • traumatic stress due to being involved in an accident, traumatic hospitalization/medical procedures, abuse, rape, being victim to a crime.
  • depression from the lack self-worth, overwhelming feelings of guilt and a decrease in the pleasures in life.