EMDR Therapy


EMDR therapy offers a safe space for you to share your story in a way you may not have been free to before.  We are compassionate, approachable, and nonjudgmental in our practice. While the treatment plan is generally structured, the way we will approach the plan is unique to each client.

I’m Alayna Baillod, LCSW and owner of Self Care Impact Counseling. Our team at Self Care Impact specializes in EMDR Therapy and we’d like to help you!

EMDR Trauma Therapy

If you have any doubts about EMDR therapy, consider that roughly 90% of trauma survivors appear to have no PTSD symptoms after just three sessions of EMDR treatment. It’s that powerful. The brain has an innate ability to heal itself, and EMDR enables the brain to do so.

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Is Trauma Holding You Back From Leading A Joyful Life?

Have you experienced a traumatic event you’ve never told anybody about? Do you think you might be suffering from symptoms of PTSD? For instance, you may keep having flashbacks to events you’d prefer to forget. Perhaps you feel triggered by situations that remind you of your traumatic past. Or maybe you have a difficult time relaxing because you’re always waiting for something bad to happen.

Living with trauma can be a painful, demoralizing experience. No matter how hard we try to let go of the past, sometimes it seems like the past just won’t let go of us. Oftentimes, the harder we fight to block out certain memories, the harder those memories press in on us, rearing their ugly heads at the most inopportune times.

Trauma can weaken our ability to perform in the workplace, in school, in relationships, and even in day-to-day routines. You might find yourself in a panic at random times of the day. Even the most mundane situations can conjure up bad memories, wrecking your ability to function. When these memories are triggered, you find yourself reliving the past again and again, impeding your ability to focus on the present.

Nothing seems to do the trick; no matter how much you tell yourself to just get on with life, your trauma won’t let you. Fortunately, with my help, you can learn techniques and coping mechanisms to help you let go of the past and move forward in peace.

The Majority Of People Have Experienced Trauma

A staggering 75-percent of adults in the US have experienced a traumatic event in their lives. What’s more, many of us are afraid to admit—to others or even ourselves—we are a trauma survivor. We’re afraid of the stigma in seeking help. We tell ourselves to “tough it out,” that we’re “weak” if we can’t do so.

The truth is, however, that no one can overcome trauma simply by toughing it out. Refusing to seek help and trying to manage trauma alone can have serious repercussions for both emotional and physical well-being. The risks of leaving trauma untreated include severe depression, addiction, substance abuse, unhealthy coping mechanisms and even poor relationship skills. Unaddressed trauma can also have negative effects on the body, contributing to chronic pain, sleep ailments, and loss of appetite. This is why trauma therapy is so crucial; seeking help now can help keep you from developing these complications down the road.

Thankfully, there are clinically-proven ways to heal from trauma. You do not have to live forever in helplessness and fear; with the right treatment, you, too, can take the first steps toward a healthy, joyful and fulfilling life.

EMDR Therapy Can Help You Let Go Of The Past

EMDR therapy offers a safe space for you to share your story in a way you may not have been free to before. We are compassionate, approachable, and nonjudgmental in our practice. While the treatment plan is generally structured, the way we will approach the plan is unique to each client.

First of all, we understand trauma is a stressful, burdensome issue that is hard for most people to talk about. The good news is trauma therapy with us is not all talk. We will use the first few sessions to better understand your concerns and your goals. Afterwards, we will transition to an evidence-based treatment known as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Essentially, EMDR begins by having you observe different images to see what kind of emotions spontaneously emerge when you view them. The process explores your triggers, and in so doing, gives you the ability to regulate emotions and reconcile painful memories.

Trauma Counseling

Through trauma counseling, we will teach you relaxation skills and coping mechanisms to help you acknowledge and process the events that have stressed you to help you move forward and leave behind old ways of thinking.  The goal is for you to personalize these techniques to suit your own needs.

Our team at Self Care Impact has been working with trauma survivors since 2011, in a variety of settings: schools, residential treatment centers, non-profit organizations, community-based mental health clinics, and now in private practice. Things may look bleak at the moment, but we wholeheartedly believe it is possible to overcome traumatic stress.  The brain has a natural ability to heal itself, and our trauma therapy is uniquely suited to enliven the brain to do so.  We believe the only thing more powerful than the stress of trauma is the healing that awaits on the other side.

Perhaps you are considering trauma therapy but still have some concerns…

Can therapy really help me?

Yes, it absolutely can. The methods we work with are time-tested and clinically proven to reduce symptoms. What’s more, we understand trauma treatment is not a one-size-fits-all phenomenon. Because each person’s trauma is different, and each person internalizes their trauma in a different way, the treatment plan will be flexible to your needs. 

Will therapy take up too much time?

Any process that leads to lasting change will take time. However, with EMDR, you can generally expect to see quicker results than with ordinary therapy. What’s more, the end-goal is what makes the process worth it; because unaddressed trauma can lead to debilitating physical and mental health issues down the road, trauma and PTSD counseling can save you time and money in the future.

Will EMDR make me feel worse?

First things first, we will never push you to do something you’re not comfortable with. You know yourself best, and if something is bothering you, we will always listen. That being said, EMDR specifically equips people with the tools and skills needed to manage triggers, stimuli, or emotions that may come up in the process. EMDR therapy enables the brain to heal itself naturally, of its own accord. This is why it is so much more powerful than most other forms of therapy.

If you have any doubts about EMDR therapy, consider that roughly 90% of trauma survivors appear to have no PTSD symptoms after just three sessions of EMDR treatment. It’s that powerful. The brain has an innate ability to heal itself, and EMDR enables the brain to do so.

You Can Take Proven Steps To Reduce Your Trauma

If you live in the Lakewood, Colorado area and you are ready to connect with me, We encourage you to call our Practice Owner, Alayna, at 720-551-4553 for a free 20-minute phone consultation.  At the moment, due to COVID-19, we offer a mix of both online and in-person trauma therapy.  We look forward to hearing from you

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