DeKalb IL EMDR Therapy

After suffering a traumatic event, the after-effects can be profound. The person who was involved has a chance to relive their traumatic experience through vivid recollection and imagery, making them feel like they are going through the event over and over again in great detail. The result of this trauma is classified as PTSD, or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

EMDR therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a new way that many people are looking to fight the symptoms associated with PTSD. At Braden Counseling Center’s DeKalb, IL location, EMDR therapy is available to those who are in need.

There are several ways that we can treat trauma at Braden Counseling Center. However, we are proud to provide EMDR therapy for anxiety and PTSD at our DeKalb, IL branch, as well as at our other locations.

What is EMDR Therapy Exactly?

Rapid eye movement therapy is a very structured process. The first thing we will do is to get the individual to focus briefly on their traumatic memories. While they are focusing on those memories, they also experience rapid eye movements known as “bilateral stimulation.” This technique gradually reduces the traumatic memory, and its vividness, until the recollection begins to diminish. The problematic symptoms associated with the memory should also fade.

Bartlett IL EMDR Therapy

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    What Our Clients are Saying.....

    I would rate as excellent the counselor with whom I've been working. She listens and offers very good suggestions for consideration and action.
    Harry Leffler
    Harry Leffler
    01:18 11 Apr 24
    My counselor Christine K. is very helpful, easy to talk to, makes me feel comfortable, gives great feedback!!!
    stacie dishman
    stacie dishman
    16:30 20 Feb 24
    Dwayne at Braden counseling goes above and beyond to help his clients. He is very professional and his priorities are all about his clients. I honestly, have to say that Dwayne is an amazing person, and I truly value our working relationships.
    Todd Friedewald
    Todd Friedewald
    00:31 12 Feb 24
    David was incredibly great. Most people would feel very closed out and possibly shy as a client. However, David made me feel very comfortable and was very helpful and detailed in conversation while being very professional. I left very satisfied and looking forward to his services!!! Thank you David keep being great !!!
    Natalie Hernandez
    Natalie Hernandez
    13:44 06 Feb 24
    Highly recommend!
    Joseph Dolcimascolo
    Joseph Dolcimascolo
    02:12 31 Jan 24
    Braden counseling is outstanding in the work they do Paul has changed my life and helped me so much in understand myself better and transforming me into a better person all around I recommend this center and Paul to anyone keep up the hard work and dedication!
    Antonio Diaz
    Antonio Diaz
    02:14 24 Jan 24
    I appreciate the open dialogue allowing attendees to share their thoughts, which enriches the learning experience, but also to have the focused guidance of a counselor to ensure the point of topic.
    Joe Freehill
    Joe Freehill
    15:18 23 Jan 24
    Dwayne is awesome and a pleasure to work with! I will request him every time! Thank you, Dwayne!
    Jen Rupp
    Jen Rupp
    20:06 15 Dec 23
    Dwayne Johnson is very professional and understanding.. Great counselor.. very satisfying
    Eva Thompson
    Eva Thompson
    01:25 30 Nov 23
    I called so many other counseling office first, either no one answer the call or no confirmed days for class, with Braden, right away, walk me through the process, fees and needed information, able to set up appointment next day to do the testing and schedule me the class right way. very helpful, not like some other place asked me to fill out so many medical forms although just 10 hours DUI Risk Education.I am really happy with them, they are also not charge as much as other company.
    Lan Hankes
    Lan Hankes
    22:56 03 Oct 23
    Everyone was very professional and kind!
    Cody Neuschwanger
    Cody Neuschwanger
    16:49 18 Sep 23
    Worked with Dwayne Thomas at the North Aurora location and couldn't be more satisfied with the respect and understanding he operated with. Really knows how to connect and convey the right message.
    Bret Van Gampler
    Bret Van Gampler
    23:30 05 Sep 23
    Very friendly and did a great job.
    Matthew Quirk
    Matthew Quirk
    21:41 18 Aug 23
    I see Amanda Cimaglia and she is by far the most compassionate, respecting and caring counselor I've had. With all the craziness I'm going through she really keeps me grounded. Always listens to me and never ever rushes me but gives me time for her positive feedback.I've always had trouble trusting someone with my issues because I'd find out that the counselor did not go according to her perfession but listen to others to get something out of me. I never had once had that once with Amanda Cimaglia and she let's me work through things I need to at my own pace. And for that I thank her 😊 . She has my mental health at her best interest. Wish there was more counselors out there like her so others can have a safe spot to speak without judgment like I do.From the very bottom of my heart, thank you Amanada Cimaglia and Braden Counseling for having her on board. I'm sure all your staff and team members are just as compassionate ❤️
    Maggie Opiola
    Maggie Opiola
    19:52 26 Jun 23
    David Jones is an outstanding counselor. I feel very fortunate to have him as our Lead on Saturday Morning group sessions.
    John Boehm
    John Boehm
    06:31 24 May 23
    Staff was amazing. Everything was explained and all questions answered.
    Wanda Sutton
    Wanda Sutton
    23:21 21 Apr 23
    understanding compassionate reflextive knowledged tool based
    happy holiday
    happy holiday
    20:10 09 Dec 22
    Braden Counseling is a clinic we frequently refer to because of the clinical quality and comprehensive services. All interactions we have had with Braden have been very positive and helpful; excellent coordination of care.
    Maggie Miilano
    Maggie Miilano
    16:57 02 Dec 22
    Braden counseling is very good at what they do. They do great things. I’ve been through there system more then once, I recommend them all day every day. Take your pick. I’d say choose one these guys. Very friendly, never mess up and very interactive. If you need anything they are there. I have met a lot of the staff and they all are true and gifted. Thank you Braden counseling for your great works!
    Cody Bell
    Cody Bell
    23:02 21 Sep 22
    Dr.Braden is an incredible, sweet and motivating leader! I’m so blessed to have found her center to successfully get me through 10 years of care. Everyone should know if I overcame my many obstacles they can too! Work hard and put up a fight!
    Lisa Tegeler
    Lisa Tegeler
    00:19 29 Jul 22
    As an attorney, finding the right treatment center for my clients is critical to their success. I have been referring my clients to Braden Counseling for years. They are always hard working, professional, and accomodating.
    Brian Mirandola
    Brian Mirandola
    16:59 26 May 22
    I love my therapist at Braden, I always feel listened to and I look forward to my visits. All of the staff I've interacted with has been super friendly and helpful, and the environment is very calming. Best therapy center I have been to.
    Devon Buza
    Devon Buza
    15:25 25 Jun 21
    Very professional and they were extremely nice, I'm happy with my choice of going threw Braden counseling center for my classes!
    gage butts
    gage butts
    19:43 07 Feb 21
    Amazing place
    Ralph Burton
    Ralph Burton
    16:30 30 Jan 21
    Braden Counseling’s staff is outstanding! The counselor conducted herself in a very friendly, courteous, and professional manner. I was treated with dignity and respect. I was put at ease and the evaluation went smoothly, and efficiently. I would definitely recommend Braden Counseling for all of your personal needs.😊
    Gregory Link
    Gregory Link
    17:16 21 Jan 21
    Excellent first visit with Dr. Braden.
    Gary Duffett
    Gary Duffett
    21:18 19 Dec 20
    My son liked his first visit and is open to going back again.
    Veris Nicole
    Veris Nicole
    22:36 12 Oct 20
    Very friendly and welcoming staff. Highly recommend
    Jennifer Rosales
    Jennifer Rosales
    21:50 29 Jul 20
    I could not be more satisfied with braden counseling with thier help. Very patient with clients in crisis and need of thier help.
    randall nuckles
    randall nuckles
    15:12 09 Jul 20
    I truly got the help I needed here and I appreciate all the staff member for making it a comfortable environment to feel free to talk about what's on your mind and making sure you get the proper help you need.
    Majah’s Mayhem
    Majah’s Mayhem
    19:30 20 May 20
    Love the staff .. came here for help and they definitely made a point to take care of all my paper work I needed .. would highly recommend them mostly Nikki shes a great help with anything .. always so cheerfull here 🙂
    miguel tovar
    miguel tovar
    00:58 17 Dec 19
    All staff very nice, respectful, caring, patientWould definitely recommend
    Zack Newby
    Zack Newby
    01:23 18 Nov 19
    One word....AMAZING !Very Comprehensive and Professional service. I would Highly Recommend to any one in need.
    Joseph Perry
    Joseph Perry
    16:58 10 Jul 19
    Dr. Jane Braden was absolutely wonderful and help me though my whole dui process, made it easy and help me understand.thank you some much DR. Branden for everything, your the best !!!😜
    Sean Battersby
    Sean Battersby
    18:46 12 Mar 19
    Friendly staff, very professional and results driven
    Jeffrey Kerner
    Jeffrey Kerner
    13:53 01 Aug 17
    Caring staff. Dr Braden was extremely compassionate and supportive during a difficult time. Recommend to anyone!
    T Anderson
    T Anderson
    21:54 06 Apr 16
    Braden Counseling center has the finest professionals around. I'd highly recommend their services should a need arise.
    Ndisox
    Ndisox
    03:03 29 Mar 16
    Braden Counseling is amazing! Very kind, very friendly staff. Treated me as though I'd been family. I'd recommend them to anyone!
    Jessica jorgensen
    Jessica jorgensen
    22:34 24 Mar 16
    They have amazing staff. They listen and help out so much I would recommend them to anyone .
    Brad Jorgensen
    Brad Jorgensen
    22:33 24 Mar 16
    The staff is very welcoming and friendly and professional when you walk through the door!! I had been dealing with some anxiety for some time.... I am so glad I went to Braden counseling my first visit there I felt a sense of being welcomed and actually listened to!! Needless to say when I walked out the door I felt a weight off my shoulders I haven't felt in sometime!! So thank you to your wonderful staff!! I would highly recommend Braden counseling to anyone who is looking for a great counselor to talk with and help with your mental health!!
    Deborah Mccoy
    Deborah Mccoy
    19:00 24 Mar 16
    I was an emotional wreck when I first went. I was nervous and probably not making a lot of sense. The staff seemed to understand and immediately put me at ease. By the time I left, life just didn’t seem so bad. Thank you Braden Center for being there.
    Pam Pascolini
    Pam Pascolini
    15:57 24 Mar 16
    The staff is friendly and courteous. I was amazed at how helpful they were. These people are top notch and very professional. I would highly recommend this office.
    Tricia Hernandez
    Tricia Hernandez
    15:45 24 Mar 16
    Braden Counseling Center has always been wonderful. Their front staff is very kind and helpful and Dr. Braden is nothing but professional during all encounters I have had with her. Their facility and staff care about providing quality services to their clients. I highly recommend them.
    Amanda Poturalski
    Amanda Poturalski
    13:56 24 Mar 16
    Would give this place more then 5 stars if I could. I Highly recommend them. Staff is amazing there and so helpful .
    Master Shake
    Master Shake
    21:57 23 Mar 16
    I highly recommend Braden Counseling. All the staff there is amazing and very sweet 🙂
    Melissa Stathis
    Melissa Stathis
    21:48 23 Mar 16
    Highly recommend this place. Very helpful and always courteous. Ms. Rogers is the best and has excellent skills with people to help them through a multitude of problems.
    Sarah Schuyler
    Sarah Schuyler
    20:37 23 Mar 16
    Amazing place! The counselors have helped me through some of my lowest points & the girl at the front desk, Cindy, is always super helpful, kind & courteous. Highly recommend!!!
    Jennifer Alexander
    Jennifer Alexander
    19:54 23 Mar 16

    How EMDR Therapy Can Help PTSD

    1. In addition to trauma and PTSD, EMDR therapy is also effective against anxiety, nightmares, depression, grief, and the effects of bullying and abuse.
    2. EMDR is a particularly good option for those who have trouble talking about their trauma.
    3. Compared to talk therapy, it is a quick form of treatment.
    4. It helps people cope with trauma and stress before it grows out of control and becomes unmanageable.
    5. It will also transform negative or self-limiting beliefs, causing the person to feel more positive about themselves.

    EMDR Therapy Broken Down in Phases

    EMDR therapy requires a certain amount of preparation to determine the best course of action. You will need to attend multiple sessions and meetings, as the process involves several different phases.

    Phases 1 & 2 – History and Treatment Planning

    To begin with, your therapist will learn their client’s full history as it relates to the trauma. From this information, the therapist can then begin to develop a treatment plan that identifies specific targets such as past memories, triggers, and treatment goals. After this initial phase, the next step is to explain the treatment to the client. This includes teaching different imagery, stress reduction techniques, and other ways to both cope with stress, and to reduce it, between sessions.

    Phase 3 – Memory Targeting

    Components of targeted memory include things such as images, cognition, effects, and body sensation, which are all identified and assessed when the targeted memory is activated. Evaluation of the changes that come with your emotions and cognition are measured with units called Validity of Cognition (VOC) and Subjective Units of Disturbance (SUD).

    Phase 4 – Identifying and Focus

    After memory targeting is complete, the client is then asked to identify four things:

    1. The visual image related to the memory in specific detail.
    2. Negative beliefs they have about themselves.
    3. Related emotions and body sensations they are feeling.
    4. A positive feeling the client has about their life.

    After these four are visualized by the client, they will be asked to focus on the memory so that desensitization of the memory can occur. After this, during the “installation phase,” the client is asked to hold their concentration on their positive belief, so we can mute the negative thoughts, and introduce positive thinking.

    Phase 5 – Body Scan

    The client will be asked to think about the positive belief they had, as well as the physical signs that they see in themselves while going over the traumatic event. The purpose is to observe and identify stress, so we can offer additional procedures in order to process it effectively.

    Phase 6 and Beyond – Closing and Re-Evaluating

    The session ends once our therapist has assessed their client on whether or not the targeted memory has been sufficiently processed. The therapist will give their client instructions and techniques they can use at home in order to cope with what they have just relived. They will be able to use these techniques until the next EMDR session takes place.

    For the next session, the therapist will need to evaluate their client’s state-of-mind as it stands at that moment. This is to determine whether progress has been maintained, or if any new memories or triggers have surfaced since the last session. If they have, the new target memories will be used for the new session.

    This whole process is repeated until the traumatic event is no longer vivid, and no longer creates any stress within the client.

    Will EMDR Hurt Me?

    Contact our DeKalb, IL office today if you still have doubts on whether there are dangers associated with rapid eye movement therapy. It is considered a safe form of treatment with far fewer side effects than medication.

    That being said, there are still some side effects that could be experienced from EMDR therapy:

    • Once the session is done, there can be a lingering heightened sense of awareness. This can cause temporary light-headedness and/or vivid and realistic dreams.
    • As the treatment takes several sessions, it can initially be very triggering and emotionally stressful for clients. This will lessen as the treatment continues and starts to take effect.

    Are There Facts to Back up EMDR?

    According to the American Psychiatric Association (APA), EMDR therapy has been shown to be very effective for trauma symptoms and symptoms of PTSD, both acute and chronic. It is particularly effective for individuals that have difficulty vocalizing their trauma, since the treatment involves visualization rather than talking. However, more studies need to be done in order to fully understand how EMDR therapy can affect us over a lengthy period of time.

    More information is available at our DeKalb, IL office, but as you will see, there are a lot of benefits to be gained by going with EMDR for PTSD. Braden Counseling Center is always available for anyone that shows symptoms of suffering from PTSD.

    How Can I Contact Braden Counseling Center?

    If you would like to learn more about EMDR therapy, or any of the other therapies and counseling services that we offer at the Braden Counseling Center, then please contact us today.

    At the Braden Counseling Center, our experienced staff is looking forward to working with you. We hope to help you move past the traumas that you have faced in your life and start you on a path toward happiness and fulfillment.

    North Aurora IL EMDR Therapy

    After suffering a traumatic event, the after-effects can be profound. The person who was involved has a chance to relive their traumatic experience through vivid recollection and imagery, making them feel like they are going through the event over and over again in great detail. The result of this trauma is classified as PTSD, or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

    EMDR therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a new way that many people are looking to fight the symptoms associated with PTSD. At Braden Counseling Center’s North Aurora, IL location, EMDR therapy is available to those who are in need.

    There are several ways that we can treat trauma at Braden Counseling Center. However, we are proud to provide EMDRtherapy for anxiety and PTSD at our North Aurora, IL branch, as well as at our other locations.

    What is EMDR Therapy Exactly?

    Rapid eye movement therapy is a very structured process. The first thing we will do is to get the individual to focus briefly on their traumatic memories. While they are focusing on those memories, they also experience rapid eye movements known as “bilateral stimulation.” This technique gradually reduces the traumatic memory, and its vividness, until the recollection begins to diminish. The problematic symptoms associated with the memory should also fade.

    Bartlett IL EMDR Therapy

    Let’s Chat


      Counseling ServicesEvaluations

      How EMDR Therapy Can Help PTSD

      1. In addition to trauma and PTSD, EMDR therapy is also effective against anxiety, nightmares, depression, grief, and the effects of bullying and abuse.
      2. EMDR is a particularly good option for those who have trouble talking about their trauma.
      3. Compared to talk therapy, it is a quick form of treatment.
      4. It helps people cope with trauma and stress before it grows out of control and becomes unmanageable.
      5. It will also transform negative or self-limiting beliefs, causing the person to feel more positive about themselves.

      EMDR Therapy Broken Down in Phases

      EMDR therapy requires a certain amount of preparation to determine the best course of action. You will need to attend multiple sessions and meetings, as the process involves several different phases.

      Phases 1 & 2 – History and Treatment Planning

      To begin with, your therapist will learn their client’s full history as it relates to the trauma. From this information, the therapist can then begin to develop a treatment plan that identifies specific targets such as past memories, triggers, and treatment goals. After this initial phase, the next step is to explain the treatment to the client. This includes teaching different imagery, stress reduction techniques, and other ways to both cope with stress, and to reduce it, between sessions.

      Phase 3 – Memory Targeting

      Components of targeted memory include things such as images, cognition, effects, and body sensation, which are all identified and assessed when the targeted memory is activated. Evaluation of the changes that come with your emotions and cognition are measured with units called Validity of Cognition (VOC) and Subjective Units of Disturbance (SUD).

      Phase 4 – Identifying and Focus

      After memory targeting is complete, the client is then asked to identify four things:

      1. The visual image related to the memory in specific detail.
      2. Negative beliefs they have about themselves.
      3. Related emotions and body sensations they are feeling.
      4. A positive feeling the client has about their life.

      After these four are visualized by the client, they will be asked to focus on the memory so that desensitization of the memory can occur. After this, during the “installation phase,” the client is asked to hold their concentration on their positive belief, so we can mute the negative thoughts, and introduce positive thinking.

      Phase 5 – Body Scan

      The client will be asked to think about the positive belief they had, as well as the physical signs that they see in themselves while going over the traumatic event. The purpose is to observe and identify stress, so we can offer additional procedures in order to process it effectively.

      Phase 6 and Beyond – Closing and Re-Evaluating

      The session ends once our therapist has assessed their client on whether or not the targeted memory has been sufficiently processed. The therapist will give their client instructions and techniques they can use at home in order to cope with what they have just relived. They will be able to use these techniques until the next EMDR session takes place.

      For the next session, the therapist will need to evaluate their client’s state-of-mind as it stands at that moment. This is to determine whether progress has been maintained, or if any new memories or triggers have surfaced since the last session. If they have, the new target memories will be used for the new session.

      This whole process is repeated until the traumatic event is no longer vivid, and no longer creates any stress within the client.

      Will EMDR Hurt Me?

      Contact our North Aurora, IL office today if you still have doubts on whether there are dangers associated with rapid eye movement therapy. It is considered a safe form of treatment with far fewer side effects than medication.

      That being said, there are still some side effects that could be experienced from EMDR therapy:

      • Once the session is done, there can be a lingering heightened sense of awareness. This can cause temporary light-headedness and/or vivid and realistic dreams.
      • As the treatment takes several sessions, it can initially be very triggering and emotionally stressful for clients. This will lessen as the treatment continues and starts to take effect.

      Are There Facts to Back up EMDR?

      According to the American Psychiatric Association (APA), EMDR therapy has been shown to be very effective for trauma symptoms and symptoms of PTSD, both acute and chronic. It is particularly effective for individuals that have difficulty vocalizing their trauma, since the treatment involves visualization rather than talking. However, more studies need to be done in order to fully understand how EMDR therapy can affect us over a lengthy period of time.

      More information is available at our North Aurora, IL office, but as you will see, there are a lot of benefits to be gained by going with EMDR for PTSD. Braden Counseling Center is always available for anyone that shows symptoms of suffering from PTSD.

      How Can I Contact Braden Counseling Center?

      If you would like to learn more about EMDR therapy, or any of the other therapies and counseling services that we offer at the Braden Counseling Center, then please contact us today.

      At the Braden Counseling Center, our experienced staff is looking forward to working with you. We hope to help you move past the traumas that you have faced in your life and start you on a path toward happiness and fulfillment.

      What Our Clients are Saying.....

      I would rate as excellent the counselor with whom I've been working. She listens and offers very good suggestions for consideration and action.
      Harry Leffler
      Harry Leffler
      01:18 11 Apr 24
      My counselor Christine K. is very helpful, easy to talk to, makes me feel comfortable, gives great feedback!!!
      stacie dishman
      stacie dishman
      16:30 20 Feb 24
      Dwayne at Braden counseling goes above and beyond to help his clients. He is very professional and his priorities are all about his clients. I honestly, have to say that Dwayne is an amazing person, and I truly value our working relationships.
      Todd Friedewald
      Todd Friedewald
      00:31 12 Feb 24
      David was incredibly great. Most people would feel very closed out and possibly shy as a client. However, David made me feel very comfortable and was very helpful and detailed in conversation while being very professional. I left very satisfied and looking forward to his services!!! Thank you David keep being great !!!
      Natalie Hernandez
      Natalie Hernandez
      13:44 06 Feb 24
      Highly recommend!
      Joseph Dolcimascolo
      Joseph Dolcimascolo
      02:12 31 Jan 24
      Braden counseling is outstanding in the work they do Paul has changed my life and helped me so much in understand myself better and transforming me into a better person all around I recommend this center and Paul to anyone keep up the hard work and dedication!
      Antonio Diaz
      Antonio Diaz
      02:14 24 Jan 24
      I appreciate the open dialogue allowing attendees to share their thoughts, which enriches the learning experience, but also to have the focused guidance of a counselor to ensure the point of topic.
      Joe Freehill
      Joe Freehill
      15:18 23 Jan 24
      Dwayne is awesome and a pleasure to work with! I will request him every time! Thank you, Dwayne!
      Jen Rupp
      Jen Rupp
      20:06 15 Dec 23
      Dwayne Johnson is very professional and understanding.. Great counselor.. very satisfying
      Eva Thompson
      Eva Thompson
      01:25 30 Nov 23
      I called so many other counseling office first, either no one answer the call or no confirmed days for class, with Braden, right away, walk me through the process, fees and needed information, able to set up appointment next day to do the testing and schedule me the class right way. very helpful, not like some other place asked me to fill out so many medical forms although just 10 hours DUI Risk Education.I am really happy with them, they are also not charge as much as other company.
      Lan Hankes
      Lan Hankes
      22:56 03 Oct 23
      Everyone was very professional and kind!
      Cody Neuschwanger
      Cody Neuschwanger
      16:49 18 Sep 23
      Worked with Dwayne Thomas at the North Aurora location and couldn't be more satisfied with the respect and understanding he operated with. Really knows how to connect and convey the right message.
      Bret Van Gampler
      Bret Van Gampler
      23:30 05 Sep 23
      Very friendly and did a great job.
      Matthew Quirk
      Matthew Quirk
      21:41 18 Aug 23
      I see Amanda Cimaglia and she is by far the most compassionate, respecting and caring counselor I've had. With all the craziness I'm going through she really keeps me grounded. Always listens to me and never ever rushes me but gives me time for her positive feedback.I've always had trouble trusting someone with my issues because I'd find out that the counselor did not go according to her perfession but listen to others to get something out of me. I never had once had that once with Amanda Cimaglia and she let's me work through things I need to at my own pace. And for that I thank her 😊 . She has my mental health at her best interest. Wish there was more counselors out there like her so others can have a safe spot to speak without judgment like I do.From the very bottom of my heart, thank you Amanada Cimaglia and Braden Counseling for having her on board. I'm sure all your staff and team members are just as compassionate ❤️
      Maggie Opiola
      Maggie Opiola
      19:52 26 Jun 23
      David Jones is an outstanding counselor. I feel very fortunate to have him as our Lead on Saturday Morning group sessions.
      John Boehm
      John Boehm
      06:31 24 May 23
      Staff was amazing. Everything was explained and all questions answered.
      Wanda Sutton
      Wanda Sutton
      23:21 21 Apr 23
      understanding compassionate reflextive knowledged tool based
      happy holiday
      happy holiday
      20:10 09 Dec 22
      Braden Counseling is a clinic we frequently refer to because of the clinical quality and comprehensive services. All interactions we have had with Braden have been very positive and helpful; excellent coordination of care.
      Maggie Miilano
      Maggie Miilano
      16:57 02 Dec 22
      Braden counseling is very good at what they do. They do great things. I’ve been through there system more then once, I recommend them all day every day. Take your pick. I’d say choose one these guys. Very friendly, never mess up and very interactive. If you need anything they are there. I have met a lot of the staff and they all are true and gifted. Thank you Braden counseling for your great works!
      Cody Bell
      Cody Bell
      23:02 21 Sep 22
      Dr.Braden is an incredible, sweet and motivating leader! I’m so blessed to have found her center to successfully get me through 10 years of care. Everyone should know if I overcame my many obstacles they can too! Work hard and put up a fight!
      Lisa Tegeler
      Lisa Tegeler
      00:19 29 Jul 22
      As an attorney, finding the right treatment center for my clients is critical to their success. I have been referring my clients to Braden Counseling for years. They are always hard working, professional, and accomodating.
      Brian Mirandola
      Brian Mirandola
      16:59 26 May 22
      I love my therapist at Braden, I always feel listened to and I look forward to my visits. All of the staff I've interacted with has been super friendly and helpful, and the environment is very calming. Best therapy center I have been to.
      Devon Buza
      Devon Buza
      15:25 25 Jun 21
      Very professional and they were extremely nice, I'm happy with my choice of going threw Braden counseling center for my classes!
      gage butts
      gage butts
      19:43 07 Feb 21
      Amazing place
      Ralph Burton
      Ralph Burton
      16:30 30 Jan 21
      Braden Counseling’s staff is outstanding! The counselor conducted herself in a very friendly, courteous, and professional manner. I was treated with dignity and respect. I was put at ease and the evaluation went smoothly, and efficiently. I would definitely recommend Braden Counseling for all of your personal needs.😊
      Gregory Link
      Gregory Link
      17:16 21 Jan 21
      Excellent first visit with Dr. Braden.
      Gary Duffett
      Gary Duffett
      21:18 19 Dec 20
      My son liked his first visit and is open to going back again.
      Veris Nicole
      Veris Nicole
      22:36 12 Oct 20
      Very friendly and welcoming staff. Highly recommend
      Jennifer Rosales
      Jennifer Rosales
      21:50 29 Jul 20
      I could not be more satisfied with braden counseling with thier help. Very patient with clients in crisis and need of thier help.
      randall nuckles
      randall nuckles
      15:12 09 Jul 20
      I truly got the help I needed here and I appreciate all the staff member for making it a comfortable environment to feel free to talk about what's on your mind and making sure you get the proper help you need.
      Majah’s Mayhem
      Majah’s Mayhem
      19:30 20 May 20
      Love the staff .. came here for help and they definitely made a point to take care of all my paper work I needed .. would highly recommend them mostly Nikki shes a great help with anything .. always so cheerfull here 🙂
      miguel tovar
      miguel tovar
      00:58 17 Dec 19
      All staff very nice, respectful, caring, patientWould definitely recommend
      Zack Newby
      Zack Newby
      01:23 18 Nov 19
      One word....AMAZING !Very Comprehensive and Professional service. I would Highly Recommend to any one in need.
      Joseph Perry
      Joseph Perry
      16:58 10 Jul 19
      Dr. Jane Braden was absolutely wonderful and help me though my whole dui process, made it easy and help me understand.thank you some much DR. Branden for everything, your the best !!!😜
      Sean Battersby
      Sean Battersby
      18:46 12 Mar 19
      Friendly staff, very professional and results driven
      Jeffrey Kerner
      Jeffrey Kerner
      13:53 01 Aug 17
      Caring staff. Dr Braden was extremely compassionate and supportive during a difficult time. Recommend to anyone!
      T Anderson
      T Anderson
      21:54 06 Apr 16
      Braden Counseling center has the finest professionals around. I'd highly recommend their services should a need arise.
      Ndisox
      Ndisox
      03:03 29 Mar 16
      Braden Counseling is amazing! Very kind, very friendly staff. Treated me as though I'd been family. I'd recommend them to anyone!
      Jessica jorgensen
      Jessica jorgensen
      22:34 24 Mar 16
      They have amazing staff. They listen and help out so much I would recommend them to anyone .
      Brad Jorgensen
      Brad Jorgensen
      22:33 24 Mar 16
      The staff is very welcoming and friendly and professional when you walk through the door!! I had been dealing with some anxiety for some time.... I am so glad I went to Braden counseling my first visit there I felt a sense of being welcomed and actually listened to!! Needless to say when I walked out the door I felt a weight off my shoulders I haven't felt in sometime!! So thank you to your wonderful staff!! I would highly recommend Braden counseling to anyone who is looking for a great counselor to talk with and help with your mental health!!
      Deborah Mccoy
      Deborah Mccoy
      19:00 24 Mar 16
      I was an emotional wreck when I first went. I was nervous and probably not making a lot of sense. The staff seemed to understand and immediately put me at ease. By the time I left, life just didn’t seem so bad. Thank you Braden Center for being there.
      Pam Pascolini
      Pam Pascolini
      15:57 24 Mar 16
      The staff is friendly and courteous. I was amazed at how helpful they were. These people are top notch and very professional. I would highly recommend this office.
      Tricia Hernandez
      Tricia Hernandez
      15:45 24 Mar 16
      Braden Counseling Center has always been wonderful. Their front staff is very kind and helpful and Dr. Braden is nothing but professional during all encounters I have had with her. Their facility and staff care about providing quality services to their clients. I highly recommend them.
      Amanda Poturalski
      Amanda Poturalski
      13:56 24 Mar 16
      Would give this place more then 5 stars if I could. I Highly recommend them. Staff is amazing there and so helpful .
      Master Shake
      Master Shake
      21:57 23 Mar 16
      I highly recommend Braden Counseling. All the staff there is amazing and very sweet 🙂
      Melissa Stathis
      Melissa Stathis
      21:48 23 Mar 16
      Highly recommend this place. Very helpful and always courteous. Ms. Rogers is the best and has excellent skills with people to help them through a multitude of problems.
      Sarah Schuyler
      Sarah Schuyler
      20:37 23 Mar 16
      Amazing place! The counselors have helped me through some of my lowest points & the girl at the front desk, Cindy, is always super helpful, kind & courteous. Highly recommend!!!
      Jennifer Alexander
      Jennifer Alexander
      19:54 23 Mar 16

      Creston IL EMDR Therapy

      After suffering a traumatic event, the after-effects can be profound. The person who was involved has a chance to relive their traumatic experience through vivid recollection and imagery, making them feel like they are going through the event over and over again in great detail. The result of this trauma is classified as PTSD, or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

      EMDR therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a new way that many people are looking to fight the symptoms associated with PTSD. At Braden Counseling Center’s Creston, IL location, EMDR therapy is available to those who are in need.

      There are several ways that we can treat trauma at Braden Counseling Center. However, we are proud to provide EMDR therapy for anxiety and PTSD at our Creston, IL branch, as well as at our other locations.

      What is EMDR Therapy Exactly?

      Rapid eye movement therapy is a very structured process. The first thing we will do is to get the individual to focus briefly on their traumatic memories. While they are focusing on those memories, they also experience rapid eye movements known as “bilateral stimulation.” This technique gradually reduces the traumatic memory, and its vividness, until the recollection begins to diminish. The problematic symptoms associated with the memory should also fade.

      Bartlett IL EMDR Therapy

      Let’s Chat


        Counseling ServicesEvaluations

        What Our Clients are Saying.....

        I would rate as excellent the counselor with whom I've been working. She listens and offers very good suggestions for consideration and action.
        Harry Leffler
        Harry Leffler
        01:18 11 Apr 24
        My counselor Christine K. is very helpful, easy to talk to, makes me feel comfortable, gives great feedback!!!
        stacie dishman
        stacie dishman
        16:30 20 Feb 24
        Dwayne at Braden counseling goes above and beyond to help his clients. He is very professional and his priorities are all about his clients. I honestly, have to say that Dwayne is an amazing person, and I truly value our working relationships.
        Todd Friedewald
        Todd Friedewald
        00:31 12 Feb 24
        David was incredibly great. Most people would feel very closed out and possibly shy as a client. However, David made me feel very comfortable and was very helpful and detailed in conversation while being very professional. I left very satisfied and looking forward to his services!!! Thank you David keep being great !!!
        Natalie Hernandez
        Natalie Hernandez
        13:44 06 Feb 24
        Highly recommend!
        Joseph Dolcimascolo
        Joseph Dolcimascolo
        02:12 31 Jan 24
        Braden counseling is outstanding in the work they do Paul has changed my life and helped me so much in understand myself better and transforming me into a better person all around I recommend this center and Paul to anyone keep up the hard work and dedication!
        Antonio Diaz
        Antonio Diaz
        02:14 24 Jan 24
        I appreciate the open dialogue allowing attendees to share their thoughts, which enriches the learning experience, but also to have the focused guidance of a counselor to ensure the point of topic.
        Joe Freehill
        Joe Freehill
        15:18 23 Jan 24
        Dwayne is awesome and a pleasure to work with! I will request him every time! Thank you, Dwayne!
        Jen Rupp
        Jen Rupp
        20:06 15 Dec 23
        Dwayne Johnson is very professional and understanding.. Great counselor.. very satisfying
        Eva Thompson
        Eva Thompson
        01:25 30 Nov 23
        I called so many other counseling office first, either no one answer the call or no confirmed days for class, with Braden, right away, walk me through the process, fees and needed information, able to set up appointment next day to do the testing and schedule me the class right way. very helpful, not like some other place asked me to fill out so many medical forms although just 10 hours DUI Risk Education.I am really happy with them, they are also not charge as much as other company.
        Lan Hankes
        Lan Hankes
        22:56 03 Oct 23
        Everyone was very professional and kind!
        Cody Neuschwanger
        Cody Neuschwanger
        16:49 18 Sep 23
        Worked with Dwayne Thomas at the North Aurora location and couldn't be more satisfied with the respect and understanding he operated with. Really knows how to connect and convey the right message.
        Bret Van Gampler
        Bret Van Gampler
        23:30 05 Sep 23
        Very friendly and did a great job.
        Matthew Quirk
        Matthew Quirk
        21:41 18 Aug 23
        I see Amanda Cimaglia and she is by far the most compassionate, respecting and caring counselor I've had. With all the craziness I'm going through she really keeps me grounded. Always listens to me and never ever rushes me but gives me time for her positive feedback.I've always had trouble trusting someone with my issues because I'd find out that the counselor did not go according to her perfession but listen to others to get something out of me. I never had once had that once with Amanda Cimaglia and she let's me work through things I need to at my own pace. And for that I thank her 😊 . She has my mental health at her best interest. Wish there was more counselors out there like her so others can have a safe spot to speak without judgment like I do.From the very bottom of my heart, thank you Amanada Cimaglia and Braden Counseling for having her on board. I'm sure all your staff and team members are just as compassionate ❤️
        Maggie Opiola
        Maggie Opiola
        19:52 26 Jun 23
        David Jones is an outstanding counselor. I feel very fortunate to have him as our Lead on Saturday Morning group sessions.
        John Boehm
        John Boehm
        06:31 24 May 23
        Staff was amazing. Everything was explained and all questions answered.
        Wanda Sutton
        Wanda Sutton
        23:21 21 Apr 23
        understanding compassionate reflextive knowledged tool based
        happy holiday
        happy holiday
        20:10 09 Dec 22
        Braden Counseling is a clinic we frequently refer to because of the clinical quality and comprehensive services. All interactions we have had with Braden have been very positive and helpful; excellent coordination of care.
        Maggie Miilano
        Maggie Miilano
        16:57 02 Dec 22
        Braden counseling is very good at what they do. They do great things. I’ve been through there system more then once, I recommend them all day every day. Take your pick. I’d say choose one these guys. Very friendly, never mess up and very interactive. If you need anything they are there. I have met a lot of the staff and they all are true and gifted. Thank you Braden counseling for your great works!
        Cody Bell
        Cody Bell
        23:02 21 Sep 22
        Dr.Braden is an incredible, sweet and motivating leader! I’m so blessed to have found her center to successfully get me through 10 years of care. Everyone should know if I overcame my many obstacles they can too! Work hard and put up a fight!
        Lisa Tegeler
        Lisa Tegeler
        00:19 29 Jul 22
        As an attorney, finding the right treatment center for my clients is critical to their success. I have been referring my clients to Braden Counseling for years. They are always hard working, professional, and accomodating.
        Brian Mirandola
        Brian Mirandola
        16:59 26 May 22
        I love my therapist at Braden, I always feel listened to and I look forward to my visits. All of the staff I've interacted with has been super friendly and helpful, and the environment is very calming. Best therapy center I have been to.
        Devon Buza
        Devon Buza
        15:25 25 Jun 21
        Very professional and they were extremely nice, I'm happy with my choice of going threw Braden counseling center for my classes!
        gage butts
        gage butts
        19:43 07 Feb 21
        Amazing place
        Ralph Burton
        Ralph Burton
        16:30 30 Jan 21
        Braden Counseling’s staff is outstanding! The counselor conducted herself in a very friendly, courteous, and professional manner. I was treated with dignity and respect. I was put at ease and the evaluation went smoothly, and efficiently. I would definitely recommend Braden Counseling for all of your personal needs.😊
        Gregory Link
        Gregory Link
        17:16 21 Jan 21
        Excellent first visit with Dr. Braden.
        Gary Duffett
        Gary Duffett
        21:18 19 Dec 20
        My son liked his first visit and is open to going back again.
        Veris Nicole
        Veris Nicole
        22:36 12 Oct 20
        Very friendly and welcoming staff. Highly recommend
        Jennifer Rosales
        Jennifer Rosales
        21:50 29 Jul 20
        I could not be more satisfied with braden counseling with thier help. Very patient with clients in crisis and need of thier help.
        randall nuckles
        randall nuckles
        15:12 09 Jul 20
        I truly got the help I needed here and I appreciate all the staff member for making it a comfortable environment to feel free to talk about what's on your mind and making sure you get the proper help you need.
        Majah’s Mayhem
        Majah’s Mayhem
        19:30 20 May 20
        Love the staff .. came here for help and they definitely made a point to take care of all my paper work I needed .. would highly recommend them mostly Nikki shes a great help with anything .. always so cheerfull here 🙂
        miguel tovar
        miguel tovar
        00:58 17 Dec 19
        All staff very nice, respectful, caring, patientWould definitely recommend
        Zack Newby
        Zack Newby
        01:23 18 Nov 19
        One word....AMAZING !Very Comprehensive and Professional service. I would Highly Recommend to any one in need.
        Joseph Perry
        Joseph Perry
        16:58 10 Jul 19
        Dr. Jane Braden was absolutely wonderful and help me though my whole dui process, made it easy and help me understand.thank you some much DR. Branden for everything, your the best !!!😜
        Sean Battersby
        Sean Battersby
        18:46 12 Mar 19
        Friendly staff, very professional and results driven
        Jeffrey Kerner
        Jeffrey Kerner
        13:53 01 Aug 17
        Caring staff. Dr Braden was extremely compassionate and supportive during a difficult time. Recommend to anyone!
        T Anderson
        T Anderson
        21:54 06 Apr 16
        Braden Counseling center has the finest professionals around. I'd highly recommend their services should a need arise.
        Ndisox
        Ndisox
        03:03 29 Mar 16
        Braden Counseling is amazing! Very kind, very friendly staff. Treated me as though I'd been family. I'd recommend them to anyone!
        Jessica jorgensen
        Jessica jorgensen
        22:34 24 Mar 16
        They have amazing staff. They listen and help out so much I would recommend them to anyone .
        Brad Jorgensen
        Brad Jorgensen
        22:33 24 Mar 16
        The staff is very welcoming and friendly and professional when you walk through the door!! I had been dealing with some anxiety for some time.... I am so glad I went to Braden counseling my first visit there I felt a sense of being welcomed and actually listened to!! Needless to say when I walked out the door I felt a weight off my shoulders I haven't felt in sometime!! So thank you to your wonderful staff!! I would highly recommend Braden counseling to anyone who is looking for a great counselor to talk with and help with your mental health!!
        Deborah Mccoy
        Deborah Mccoy
        19:00 24 Mar 16
        I was an emotional wreck when I first went. I was nervous and probably not making a lot of sense. The staff seemed to understand and immediately put me at ease. By the time I left, life just didn’t seem so bad. Thank you Braden Center for being there.
        Pam Pascolini
        Pam Pascolini
        15:57 24 Mar 16
        The staff is friendly and courteous. I was amazed at how helpful they were. These people are top notch and very professional. I would highly recommend this office.
        Tricia Hernandez
        Tricia Hernandez
        15:45 24 Mar 16
        Braden Counseling Center has always been wonderful. Their front staff is very kind and helpful and Dr. Braden is nothing but professional during all encounters I have had with her. Their facility and staff care about providing quality services to their clients. I highly recommend them.
        Amanda Poturalski
        Amanda Poturalski
        13:56 24 Mar 16
        Would give this place more then 5 stars if I could. I Highly recommend them. Staff is amazing there and so helpful .
        Master Shake
        Master Shake
        21:57 23 Mar 16
        I highly recommend Braden Counseling. All the staff there is amazing and very sweet 🙂
        Melissa Stathis
        Melissa Stathis
        21:48 23 Mar 16
        Highly recommend this place. Very helpful and always courteous. Ms. Rogers is the best and has excellent skills with people to help them through a multitude of problems.
        Sarah Schuyler
        Sarah Schuyler
        20:37 23 Mar 16
        Amazing place! The counselors have helped me through some of my lowest points & the girl at the front desk, Cindy, is always super helpful, kind & courteous. Highly recommend!!!
        Jennifer Alexander
        Jennifer Alexander
        19:54 23 Mar 16

        How EMDR Therapy Can Help PTSD

        1. In addition to trauma and PTSD, EMDR therapy is also effective against anxiety, nightmares, depression, grief, and the effects of bullying and abuse.
        2. EMDR is a particularly good option for those who have trouble talking about their trauma.
        3. Compared to talk therapy, it is a quick form of treatment.
        4. It helps people cope with trauma and stress before it grows out of control and becomes unmanageable.
        5. It will also transform negative or self-limiting beliefs, causing the person to feel more positive about themselves.

        EMDR Therapy Broken Down in Phases

        EMDR therapy requires a certain amount of preparation to determine the best course of action. You will need to attend multiple sessions and meetings, as the process involves several different phases.

        Phases 1 & 2 – History and Treatment Planning

        To begin with, your therapist will learn their client’s full history as it relates to the trauma. From this information, the therapist can then begin to develop a treatment plan that identifies specific targets such as past memories, triggers, and treatment goals. After this initial phase, the next step is to explain the treatment to the client. This includes teaching different imagery, stress reduction techniques, and other ways to both cope with stress, and to reduce it, between sessions.

        Phase 3 – Memory Targeting

        Components of targeted memory include things such as images, cognition, effects, and body sensation, which are all identified and assessed when the targeted memory is activated. Evaluation of the changes that come with your emotions and cognition are measured with units called Validity of Cognition (VOC) and Subjective Units of Disturbance (SUD).

        Phase 4 – Identifying and Focus

        After memory targeting is complete, the client is then asked to identify four things:

        1. The visual image related to the memory in specific detail.
        2. Negative beliefs they have about themselves.
        3. Related emotions and body sensations they are feeling.
        4. A positive feeling the client has about their life.

        After these four are visualized by the client, they will be asked to focus on the memory so that desensitization of the memory can occur. After this, during the “installation phase,” the client is asked to hold their concentration on their positive belief, so we can mute the negative thoughts, and introduce positive thinking.

        Phase 5 – Body Scan

        The client will be asked to think about the positive belief they had, as well as the physical signs that they see in themselves while going over the traumatic event. The purpose is to observe and identify stress, so we can offer additional procedures in order to process it effectively.

        Phase 6 and Beyond – Closing and Re-Evaluating

        The session ends once our therapist has assessed their client on whether or not the targeted memory has been sufficiently processed. The therapist will give their client instructions and techniques they can use at home in order to cope with what they have just relived. They will be able to use these techniques until the next EMDR session takes place.

        For the next session, the therapist will need to evaluate their client’s state-of-mind as it stands at that moment. This is to determine whether progress has been maintained, or if any new memories or triggers have surfaced since the last session. If they have, the new target memories will be used for the new session.

        This whole process is repeated until the traumatic event is no longer vivid, and no longer creates any stress within the client.

        Will EMDR Hurt Me?

        Contact our Creston, IL office today if you still have doubts on whether there are dangers associated with rapid eye movement therapy. It is considered a safe form of treatment with far fewer side effects than medication.

        That being said, there are still some side effects that could be experienced from EMDR therapy:

        • Once the session is done, there can be a lingering heightened sense of awareness. This can cause temporary light-headedness and/or vivid and realistic dreams.
        • As the treatment takes several sessions, it can initially be very triggering and emotionally stressful for clients. This will lessen as the treatment continues and starts to take effect.

        Are There Facts to Back up EMDR?

        According to the American Psychiatric Association (APA), EMDR therapy has been shown to be very effective for trauma symptoms and symptoms of PTSD, both acute and chronic. It is particularly effective for individuals that have difficulty vocalizing their trauma, since the treatment involves visualization rather than talking. However, more studies need to be done in order to fully understand how EMDR therapy can affect us over a lengthy period of time.

        More information is available at our Creston, IL office, but as you will see, there are a lot of benefits to be gained by going with EMDR for PTSD. Braden Counseling Center is always available for anyone that shows symptoms of suffering from PTSD.

        How Can I Contact Braden Counseling Center?

        If you would like to learn more about EMDR therapy, or any of the other therapies and counseling services that we offer at the Braden Counseling Center, then please contact us today.

        At the Braden Counseling Center, our experienced staff is looking forward to working with you. We hope to help you move past the traumas that you have faced in your life and start you on a path toward happiness and fulfillment.

        Carpentersville IL EMDR Therapy

        After suffering a traumatic event, the after-effects can be profound. The person who was involved has a chance to relive their traumatic experience through vivid recollection and imagery, making them feel like they are going through the event over and over again in great detail. The result of this trauma is classified as PTSD, or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

        EMDR therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a new way that many people are looking to fight the symptoms associated with PTSD. At Braden Counseling Center’s Carpentersville, IL location, EMDR therapy is available to those who are in need.

        There are several ways that we can treat trauma at Braden Counseling Center. However, we are proud to provide EMDR therapy for anxiety and PTSD at our Carpentersville, IL branch, as well as at our other locations.

        What is EMDR Therapy Exactly?

        Rapid eye movement therapy is a very structured process. The first thing we will do is to get the individual to focus briefly on their traumatic memories. While they are focusing on those memories, they also experience rapid eye movements known as “bilateral stimulation.” This technique gradually reduces the traumatic memory, and its vividness, until the recollection begins to diminish. The problematic symptoms associated with the memory should also fade.

        Bartlett IL EMDR Therapy

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          Counseling ServicesEvaluations

          What Our Clients are Saying.....

          I would rate as excellent the counselor with whom I've been working. She listens and offers very good suggestions for consideration and action.
          Harry Leffler
          Harry Leffler
          01:18 11 Apr 24
          My counselor Christine K. is very helpful, easy to talk to, makes me feel comfortable, gives great feedback!!!
          stacie dishman
          stacie dishman
          16:30 20 Feb 24
          Dwayne at Braden counseling goes above and beyond to help his clients. He is very professional and his priorities are all about his clients. I honestly, have to say that Dwayne is an amazing person, and I truly value our working relationships.
          Todd Friedewald
          Todd Friedewald
          00:31 12 Feb 24
          David was incredibly great. Most people would feel very closed out and possibly shy as a client. However, David made me feel very comfortable and was very helpful and detailed in conversation while being very professional. I left very satisfied and looking forward to his services!!! Thank you David keep being great !!!
          Natalie Hernandez
          Natalie Hernandez
          13:44 06 Feb 24
          Highly recommend!
          Joseph Dolcimascolo
          Joseph Dolcimascolo
          02:12 31 Jan 24
          Braden counseling is outstanding in the work they do Paul has changed my life and helped me so much in understand myself better and transforming me into a better person all around I recommend this center and Paul to anyone keep up the hard work and dedication!
          Antonio Diaz
          Antonio Diaz
          02:14 24 Jan 24
          I appreciate the open dialogue allowing attendees to share their thoughts, which enriches the learning experience, but also to have the focused guidance of a counselor to ensure the point of topic.
          Joe Freehill
          Joe Freehill
          15:18 23 Jan 24
          Dwayne is awesome and a pleasure to work with! I will request him every time! Thank you, Dwayne!
          Jen Rupp
          Jen Rupp
          20:06 15 Dec 23
          Dwayne Johnson is very professional and understanding.. Great counselor.. very satisfying
          Eva Thompson
          Eva Thompson
          01:25 30 Nov 23
          I called so many other counseling office first, either no one answer the call or no confirmed days for class, with Braden, right away, walk me through the process, fees and needed information, able to set up appointment next day to do the testing and schedule me the class right way. very helpful, not like some other place asked me to fill out so many medical forms although just 10 hours DUI Risk Education.I am really happy with them, they are also not charge as much as other company.
          Lan Hankes
          Lan Hankes
          22:56 03 Oct 23
          Everyone was very professional and kind!
          Cody Neuschwanger
          Cody Neuschwanger
          16:49 18 Sep 23
          Worked with Dwayne Thomas at the North Aurora location and couldn't be more satisfied with the respect and understanding he operated with. Really knows how to connect and convey the right message.
          Bret Van Gampler
          Bret Van Gampler
          23:30 05 Sep 23
          Very friendly and did a great job.
          Matthew Quirk
          Matthew Quirk
          21:41 18 Aug 23
          I see Amanda Cimaglia and she is by far the most compassionate, respecting and caring counselor I've had. With all the craziness I'm going through she really keeps me grounded. Always listens to me and never ever rushes me but gives me time for her positive feedback.I've always had trouble trusting someone with my issues because I'd find out that the counselor did not go according to her perfession but listen to others to get something out of me. I never had once had that once with Amanda Cimaglia and she let's me work through things I need to at my own pace. And for that I thank her 😊 . She has my mental health at her best interest. Wish there was more counselors out there like her so others can have a safe spot to speak without judgment like I do.From the very bottom of my heart, thank you Amanada Cimaglia and Braden Counseling for having her on board. I'm sure all your staff and team members are just as compassionate ❤️
          Maggie Opiola
          Maggie Opiola
          19:52 26 Jun 23
          David Jones is an outstanding counselor. I feel very fortunate to have him as our Lead on Saturday Morning group sessions.
          John Boehm
          John Boehm
          06:31 24 May 23
          Staff was amazing. Everything was explained and all questions answered.
          Wanda Sutton
          Wanda Sutton
          23:21 21 Apr 23
          understanding compassionate reflextive knowledged tool based
          happy holiday
          happy holiday
          20:10 09 Dec 22
          Braden Counseling is a clinic we frequently refer to because of the clinical quality and comprehensive services. All interactions we have had with Braden have been very positive and helpful; excellent coordination of care.
          Maggie Miilano
          Maggie Miilano
          16:57 02 Dec 22
          Braden counseling is very good at what they do. They do great things. I’ve been through there system more then once, I recommend them all day every day. Take your pick. I’d say choose one these guys. Very friendly, never mess up and very interactive. If you need anything they are there. I have met a lot of the staff and they all are true and gifted. Thank you Braden counseling for your great works!
          Cody Bell
          Cody Bell
          23:02 21 Sep 22
          Dr.Braden is an incredible, sweet and motivating leader! I’m so blessed to have found her center to successfully get me through 10 years of care. Everyone should know if I overcame my many obstacles they can too! Work hard and put up a fight!
          Lisa Tegeler
          Lisa Tegeler
          00:19 29 Jul 22
          As an attorney, finding the right treatment center for my clients is critical to their success. I have been referring my clients to Braden Counseling for years. They are always hard working, professional, and accomodating.
          Brian Mirandola
          Brian Mirandola
          16:59 26 May 22
          I love my therapist at Braden, I always feel listened to and I look forward to my visits. All of the staff I've interacted with has been super friendly and helpful, and the environment is very calming. Best therapy center I have been to.
          Devon Buza
          Devon Buza
          15:25 25 Jun 21
          Very professional and they were extremely nice, I'm happy with my choice of going threw Braden counseling center for my classes!
          gage butts
          gage butts
          19:43 07 Feb 21
          Amazing place
          Ralph Burton
          Ralph Burton
          16:30 30 Jan 21
          Braden Counseling’s staff is outstanding! The counselor conducted herself in a very friendly, courteous, and professional manner. I was treated with dignity and respect. I was put at ease and the evaluation went smoothly, and efficiently. I would definitely recommend Braden Counseling for all of your personal needs.😊
          Gregory Link
          Gregory Link
          17:16 21 Jan 21
          Excellent first visit with Dr. Braden.
          Gary Duffett
          Gary Duffett
          21:18 19 Dec 20
          My son liked his first visit and is open to going back again.
          Veris Nicole
          Veris Nicole
          22:36 12 Oct 20
          Very friendly and welcoming staff. Highly recommend
          Jennifer Rosales
          Jennifer Rosales
          21:50 29 Jul 20
          I could not be more satisfied with braden counseling with thier help. Very patient with clients in crisis and need of thier help.
          randall nuckles
          randall nuckles
          15:12 09 Jul 20
          I truly got the help I needed here and I appreciate all the staff member for making it a comfortable environment to feel free to talk about what's on your mind and making sure you get the proper help you need.
          Majah’s Mayhem
          Majah’s Mayhem
          19:30 20 May 20
          Love the staff .. came here for help and they definitely made a point to take care of all my paper work I needed .. would highly recommend them mostly Nikki shes a great help with anything .. always so cheerfull here 🙂
          miguel tovar
          miguel tovar
          00:58 17 Dec 19
          All staff very nice, respectful, caring, patientWould definitely recommend
          Zack Newby
          Zack Newby
          01:23 18 Nov 19
          One word....AMAZING !Very Comprehensive and Professional service. I would Highly Recommend to any one in need.
          Joseph Perry
          Joseph Perry
          16:58 10 Jul 19
          Dr. Jane Braden was absolutely wonderful and help me though my whole dui process, made it easy and help me understand.thank you some much DR. Branden for everything, your the best !!!😜
          Sean Battersby
          Sean Battersby
          18:46 12 Mar 19
          Friendly staff, very professional and results driven
          Jeffrey Kerner
          Jeffrey Kerner
          13:53 01 Aug 17
          Caring staff. Dr Braden was extremely compassionate and supportive during a difficult time. Recommend to anyone!
          T Anderson
          T Anderson
          21:54 06 Apr 16
          Braden Counseling center has the finest professionals around. I'd highly recommend their services should a need arise.
          Ndisox
          Ndisox
          03:03 29 Mar 16
          Braden Counseling is amazing! Very kind, very friendly staff. Treated me as though I'd been family. I'd recommend them to anyone!
          Jessica jorgensen
          Jessica jorgensen
          22:34 24 Mar 16
          They have amazing staff. They listen and help out so much I would recommend them to anyone .
          Brad Jorgensen
          Brad Jorgensen
          22:33 24 Mar 16
          The staff is very welcoming and friendly and professional when you walk through the door!! I had been dealing with some anxiety for some time.... I am so glad I went to Braden counseling my first visit there I felt a sense of being welcomed and actually listened to!! Needless to say when I walked out the door I felt a weight off my shoulders I haven't felt in sometime!! So thank you to your wonderful staff!! I would highly recommend Braden counseling to anyone who is looking for a great counselor to talk with and help with your mental health!!
          Deborah Mccoy
          Deborah Mccoy
          19:00 24 Mar 16
          I was an emotional wreck when I first went. I was nervous and probably not making a lot of sense. The staff seemed to understand and immediately put me at ease. By the time I left, life just didn’t seem so bad. Thank you Braden Center for being there.
          Pam Pascolini
          Pam Pascolini
          15:57 24 Mar 16
          The staff is friendly and courteous. I was amazed at how helpful they were. These people are top notch and very professional. I would highly recommend this office.
          Tricia Hernandez
          Tricia Hernandez
          15:45 24 Mar 16
          Braden Counseling Center has always been wonderful. Their front staff is very kind and helpful and Dr. Braden is nothing but professional during all encounters I have had with her. Their facility and staff care about providing quality services to their clients. I highly recommend them.
          Amanda Poturalski
          Amanda Poturalski
          13:56 24 Mar 16
          Would give this place more then 5 stars if I could. I Highly recommend them. Staff is amazing there and so helpful .
          Master Shake
          Master Shake
          21:57 23 Mar 16
          I highly recommend Braden Counseling. All the staff there is amazing and very sweet 🙂
          Melissa Stathis
          Melissa Stathis
          21:48 23 Mar 16
          Highly recommend this place. Very helpful and always courteous. Ms. Rogers is the best and has excellent skills with people to help them through a multitude of problems.
          Sarah Schuyler
          Sarah Schuyler
          20:37 23 Mar 16
          Amazing place! The counselors have helped me through some of my lowest points & the girl at the front desk, Cindy, is always super helpful, kind & courteous. Highly recommend!!!
          Jennifer Alexander
          Jennifer Alexander
          19:54 23 Mar 16

          How EMDR Therapy Can Help PTSD

          1. In addition to trauma and PTSD, EMDR therapy is also effective against anxiety, nightmares, depression, grief, and the effects of bullying and abuse.
          2. EMDR is a particularly good option for those who have trouble talking about their trauma.
          3. Compared to talk therapy, it is a quick form of treatment.
          4. It helps people cope with trauma and stress before it grows out of control and becomes unmanageable.
          5. It will also transform negative or self-limiting beliefs, causing the person to feel more positive about themselves.

          EMDR Therapy Broken Down in Phases

          EMDR therapy requires a certain amount of preparation to determine the best course of action. You will need to attend multiple sessions and meetings, as the process involves several different phases.

          Phases 1 & 2 – History and Treatment Planning

          To begin with, your therapist will learn their client’s full history as it relates to the trauma. From this information, the therapist can then begin to develop a treatment plan that identifies specific targets such as past memories, triggers, and treatment goals. After this initial phase, the next step is to explain the treatment to the client. This includes teaching different imagery, stress reduction techniques, and other ways to both cope with stress, and to reduce it, between sessions.

          Phase 3 – Memory Targeting

          Components of targeted memory include things such as images, cognition, effects, and body sensation, which are all identified and assessed when the targeted memory is activated. Evaluation of the changes that come with your emotions and cognition are measured with units called Validity of Cognition (VOC) and Subjective Units of Disturbance (SUD).

          Phase 4 – Identifying and Focus

          After memory targeting is complete, the client is then asked to identify four things:

          1. The visual image related to the memory in specific detail.
          2. Negative beliefs they have about themselves.
          3. Related emotions and body sensations they are feeling.
          4. A positive feeling the client has about their life.

          After these four are visualized by the client, they will be asked to focus on the memory so that desensitization of the memory can occur. After this, during the “installation phase,” the client is asked to hold their concentration on their positive belief, so we can mute the negative thoughts, and introduce positive thinking.

          Phase 5 – Body Scan

          The client will be asked to think about the positive belief they had, as well as the physical signs that they see in themselves while going over the traumatic event. The purpose is to observe and identify stress, so we can offer additional procedures in order to process it effectively.

          Phase 6 and Beyond – Closing and Re-Evaluating

          The session ends once our therapist has assessed their client on whether or not the targeted memory has been sufficiently processed. The therapist will give their client instructions and techniques they can use at home in order to cope with what they have just relived. They will be able to use these techniques until the next EMDR session takes place.

          For the next session, the therapist will need to evaluate their client’s state-of-mind as it stands at that moment. This is to determine whether progress has been maintained, or if any new memories or triggers have surfaced since the last session. If they have, the new target memories will be used for the new session.

          This whole process is repeated until the traumatic event is no longer vivid, and no longer creates any stress within the client.

          Will EMDR Hurt Me?

          Contact our Carpentersville, IL office today if you still have doubts on whether there are dangers associated with rapid eye movement therapy. It is considered a safe form of treatment with far fewer side effects than medication.

          That being said, there are still some side effects that could be experienced from EMDR therapy:

          • Once the session is done, there can be a lingering heightened sense of awareness. This can cause temporary light-headedness and/or vivid and realistic dreams.
          • As the treatment takes several sessions, it can initially be very triggering and emotionally stressful for clients. This will lessen as the treatment continues and starts to take effect.

          Are There Facts to Back up EMDR?

          According to the American Psychiatric Association (APA), EMDR therapy has been shown to be very effective for trauma symptoms and symptoms of PTSD, both acute and chronic. It is particularly effective for individuals that have difficulty vocalizing their trauma, since the treatment involves visualization rather than talking. However, more studies need to be done in order to fully understand how EMDR therapy can affect us over a lengthy period of time.

          More information is available at our Carpentersville, IL office, but as you will see, there are a lot of benefits to be gained by going with EMDR for PTSD. Braden Counseling Center is always available for anyone that shows symptoms of suffering from PTSD.

          How Can I Contact Braden Counseling Center?

          If you would like to learn more about EMDR therapy, or any of the other therapies and counseling services that we offer at the Braden Counseling Center, then please contact us today.

          At the Braden Counseling Center, our experienced staff is looking forward to working with you. We hope to help you move past the traumas that you have faced in your life and start you on a path toward happiness and fulfillment.

          Byron IL EMDR Therapy

          Rapid eye movement therapy is now available at the Byron, IL location of Braden Center for individuals that are suffering from mental trauma. EMDR therapy, also known as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is a psychotherapy approach that has been highly researched, and is proven effective for treating trauma.

          EMDR therapy has been found to be particularly effective for those that are suffering from PTSD, or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. In addition to treating people using EMDR for PTSD, our clinicians serving Byron, IL clients have also reported success with EMDR therapy for anxiety.

          Treatment is used for the following conditions:

          • Panic Attacks
          • Complicated Grief
          • Sexual and/or Physical Abuse
          • Phobias
          • Performance Anxiety
          • Personality Disorders
          • Body Dysmorphic Disorders
          • Addictions
          • Stress Reduction

          What Can I Expect From EMDR?

          Psychotherapy can work in a variety of different ways in our brain, so there is no one way to reach recovery. What is known is that when an individual is very upset over an event, the brain cannot always process that information correctly. That particular moment becomes “frozen,” so to speak. Recalling the event, again and again, can often be as painful as the event itself. All of the images, sounds, feelings, and smells feel like they are right in front of you again, only they are not. Memories like these have a lasting effect on you, and often cause problems regarding the way the afflicted person sees the world.

          EMDR therapy is an enormous help in this area. The approach has a direct effect on how the brain processes information. Once a person has been through an EMDR therapy session, they will no longer recall these traumatic events in the ways they once were. The sights, sounds, smells, and feelings will become dull and start to fade away. You will still remember what happened, only the event will not be as upsetting to you. EMDR therapy has similarities to what happens during REM (Rapid Eye Movement) cycle sleep or dreaming.

          EMDR Therapy for PTSD for Byron Clients

          There are multiple stages that need to be completed for EMDR Therapy because it is a multi-layered treatment plan.

          The first two are history and treatment planning. This phase takes 1 or 2 sessions in which a thorough history of the client is taken, and a treatment plan is developed. The therapist will start to identify target areas. These include what the stressful situations are, and the skills needed to bring the client into a future of well-being.

          The next few sessions will deal with EMDR therapy for anxiety or PTSD. Here is where the client will learn specific techniques for those times when anxiety levels rise, so they can deal with them quickly. A bond of trust needs to be created between the therapist and the client, which is the main component of this phase.

          Once that has been completed, the next phase in the process is memory targeting. This goes beyond merely talking about the event. The client will be asked to recall a specific scene from their memory. Then, they choose a statement that expresses a negative self-belief that connects with the event. The client then picks a positive statement that they would prefer more. This phase looks at all of the negative emotions and positive re-affirmations that will replace the negative. During reprocessing, the groundwork will be laid for the rapid eye movement therapy that is about to commence.

          The client’s responses to the targeted events will be analyzed by the therapist as this stage moves forward. This gives the client an opportunity to address similar events, and to resolve elements of each. The therapist will lead the client in sets of eye movements, with changes of focus, that gradually reduce the event in the mind of the client. The client rates the disturbance levels based on the SUD scale (Subjective Units of Disturbance), from 0 (no disturbance) to 10 (the worst feeling ever).

          Once that phase has been completed, we will look at the positive beliefs that the client has identified to replace their negative feelings and emotions. We are trying to help our client accept that the positive self-statement they created earlier is actually the truth during this phase. The client understands they must learn new ways of dealing with their anxieties for treatment to be successful. New skills have been introduced, and it is crucial the client learn them going forward. This is ongoing, so the eye movement therapy treatment can reach its goal.

          The next step is known as body scan. Once recognition of positive skills has been reinforced, the client is asked to picture the traumatic event, in order to evaluate residual feelings and thoughts still lingering in their mind. When a person has been negatively affected by trauma, that information is stored in the motoric (or body systems) memory and not in narrative memory. You will have to accept these positive beliefs as reality on more than an intellectual level.

          Finally comes closure and re-evaluation. Each session ends with closure. Our goal is for the client to feel better leaving than when they did when they entered. The client is always in control in every session, and it is ok for the participant to raise his or her hand and say “stop” at any time. Clients are encouraged to journal their experiences between sessions. When the client comes back for another session, the therapist checks that positive results are still in place and that EMDR therapy is still working. Often, clients feel relief from the early sessions, but it is important to continue through all the phases of treatment.

          Call Braden Counseling Center Today With Any Concerns 

          Please get in touch with us today if you are looking to learn more about eye movement therapy for our Byron, IL clients.

          The friendly and knowledgeable counselors at Braden Counseling Center want nothing more than to help you achieve happiness. Learning how to cope with the traumatic events of your life is difficult, but once you do, you will be able to live your life in a way that you never thought was possible again.

          What Our Clients are Saying.....

          I would rate as excellent the counselor with whom I've been working. She listens and offers very good suggestions for consideration and action.
          Harry Leffler
          Harry Leffler
          01:18 11 Apr 24
          My counselor Christine K. is very helpful, easy to talk to, makes me feel comfortable, gives great feedback!!!
          stacie dishman
          stacie dishman
          16:30 20 Feb 24
          Dwayne at Braden counseling goes above and beyond to help his clients. He is very professional and his priorities are all about his clients. I honestly, have to say that Dwayne is an amazing person, and I truly value our working relationships.
          Todd Friedewald
          Todd Friedewald
          00:31 12 Feb 24
          David was incredibly great. Most people would feel very closed out and possibly shy as a client. However, David made me feel very comfortable and was very helpful and detailed in conversation while being very professional. I left very satisfied and looking forward to his services!!! Thank you David keep being great !!!
          Natalie Hernandez
          Natalie Hernandez
          13:44 06 Feb 24
          Highly recommend!
          Joseph Dolcimascolo
          Joseph Dolcimascolo
          02:12 31 Jan 24
          Braden counseling is outstanding in the work they do Paul has changed my life and helped me so much in understand myself better and transforming me into a better person all around I recommend this center and Paul to anyone keep up the hard work and dedication!
          Antonio Diaz
          Antonio Diaz
          02:14 24 Jan 24
          I appreciate the open dialogue allowing attendees to share their thoughts, which enriches the learning experience, but also to have the focused guidance of a counselor to ensure the point of topic.
          Joe Freehill
          Joe Freehill
          15:18 23 Jan 24
          Dwayne is awesome and a pleasure to work with! I will request him every time! Thank you, Dwayne!
          Jen Rupp
          Jen Rupp
          20:06 15 Dec 23
          Dwayne Johnson is very professional and understanding.. Great counselor.. very satisfying
          Eva Thompson
          Eva Thompson
          01:25 30 Nov 23
          I called so many other counseling office first, either no one answer the call or no confirmed days for class, with Braden, right away, walk me through the process, fees and needed information, able to set up appointment next day to do the testing and schedule me the class right way. very helpful, not like some other place asked me to fill out so many medical forms although just 10 hours DUI Risk Education.I am really happy with them, they are also not charge as much as other company.
          Lan Hankes
          Lan Hankes
          22:56 03 Oct 23
          Everyone was very professional and kind!
          Cody Neuschwanger
          Cody Neuschwanger
          16:49 18 Sep 23
          Worked with Dwayne Thomas at the North Aurora location and couldn't be more satisfied with the respect and understanding he operated with. Really knows how to connect and convey the right message.
          Bret Van Gampler
          Bret Van Gampler
          23:30 05 Sep 23
          Very friendly and did a great job.
          Matthew Quirk
          Matthew Quirk
          21:41 18 Aug 23
          I see Amanda Cimaglia and she is by far the most compassionate, respecting and caring counselor I've had. With all the craziness I'm going through she really keeps me grounded. Always listens to me and never ever rushes me but gives me time for her positive feedback.I've always had trouble trusting someone with my issues because I'd find out that the counselor did not go according to her perfession but listen to others to get something out of me. I never had once had that once with Amanda Cimaglia and she let's me work through things I need to at my own pace. And for that I thank her 😊 . She has my mental health at her best interest. Wish there was more counselors out there like her so others can have a safe spot to speak without judgment like I do.From the very bottom of my heart, thank you Amanada Cimaglia and Braden Counseling for having her on board. I'm sure all your staff and team members are just as compassionate ❤️
          Maggie Opiola
          Maggie Opiola
          19:52 26 Jun 23
          David Jones is an outstanding counselor. I feel very fortunate to have him as our Lead on Saturday Morning group sessions.
          John Boehm
          John Boehm
          06:31 24 May 23
          Staff was amazing. Everything was explained and all questions answered.
          Wanda Sutton
          Wanda Sutton
          23:21 21 Apr 23
          understanding compassionate reflextive knowledged tool based
          happy holiday
          happy holiday
          20:10 09 Dec 22
          Braden Counseling is a clinic we frequently refer to because of the clinical quality and comprehensive services. All interactions we have had with Braden have been very positive and helpful; excellent coordination of care.
          Maggie Miilano
          Maggie Miilano
          16:57 02 Dec 22
          Braden counseling is very good at what they do. They do great things. I’ve been through there system more then once, I recommend them all day every day. Take your pick. I’d say choose one these guys. Very friendly, never mess up and very interactive. If you need anything they are there. I have met a lot of the staff and they all are true and gifted. Thank you Braden counseling for your great works!
          Cody Bell
          Cody Bell
          23:02 21 Sep 22
          Dr.Braden is an incredible, sweet and motivating leader! I’m so blessed to have found her center to successfully get me through 10 years of care. Everyone should know if I overcame my many obstacles they can too! Work hard and put up a fight!
          Lisa Tegeler
          Lisa Tegeler
          00:19 29 Jul 22
          As an attorney, finding the right treatment center for my clients is critical to their success. I have been referring my clients to Braden Counseling for years. They are always hard working, professional, and accomodating.
          Brian Mirandola
          Brian Mirandola
          16:59 26 May 22
          I love my therapist at Braden, I always feel listened to and I look forward to my visits. All of the staff I've interacted with has been super friendly and helpful, and the environment is very calming. Best therapy center I have been to.
          Devon Buza
          Devon Buza
          15:25 25 Jun 21
          Very professional and they were extremely nice, I'm happy with my choice of going threw Braden counseling center for my classes!
          gage butts
          gage butts
          19:43 07 Feb 21
          Amazing place
          Ralph Burton
          Ralph Burton
          16:30 30 Jan 21
          Braden Counseling’s staff is outstanding! The counselor conducted herself in a very friendly, courteous, and professional manner. I was treated with dignity and respect. I was put at ease and the evaluation went smoothly, and efficiently. I would definitely recommend Braden Counseling for all of your personal needs.😊
          Gregory Link
          Gregory Link
          17:16 21 Jan 21
          Excellent first visit with Dr. Braden.
          Gary Duffett
          Gary Duffett
          21:18 19 Dec 20
          My son liked his first visit and is open to going back again.
          Veris Nicole
          Veris Nicole
          22:36 12 Oct 20
          Very friendly and welcoming staff. Highly recommend
          Jennifer Rosales
          Jennifer Rosales
          21:50 29 Jul 20
          I could not be more satisfied with braden counseling with thier help. Very patient with clients in crisis and need of thier help.
          randall nuckles
          randall nuckles
          15:12 09 Jul 20
          I truly got the help I needed here and I appreciate all the staff member for making it a comfortable environment to feel free to talk about what's on your mind and making sure you get the proper help you need.
          Majah’s Mayhem
          Majah’s Mayhem
          19:30 20 May 20
          Love the staff .. came here for help and they definitely made a point to take care of all my paper work I needed .. would highly recommend them mostly Nikki shes a great help with anything .. always so cheerfull here 🙂
          miguel tovar
          miguel tovar
          00:58 17 Dec 19
          All staff very nice, respectful, caring, patientWould definitely recommend
          Zack Newby
          Zack Newby
          01:23 18 Nov 19
          One word....AMAZING !Very Comprehensive and Professional service. I would Highly Recommend to any one in need.
          Joseph Perry
          Joseph Perry
          16:58 10 Jul 19
          Dr. Jane Braden was absolutely wonderful and help me though my whole dui process, made it easy and help me understand.thank you some much DR. Branden for everything, your the best !!!😜
          Sean Battersby
          Sean Battersby
          18:46 12 Mar 19
          Friendly staff, very professional and results driven
          Jeffrey Kerner
          Jeffrey Kerner
          13:53 01 Aug 17
          Caring staff. Dr Braden was extremely compassionate and supportive during a difficult time. Recommend to anyone!
          T Anderson
          T Anderson
          21:54 06 Apr 16
          Braden Counseling center has the finest professionals around. I'd highly recommend their services should a need arise.
          Ndisox
          Ndisox
          03:03 29 Mar 16
          Braden Counseling is amazing! Very kind, very friendly staff. Treated me as though I'd been family. I'd recommend them to anyone!
          Jessica jorgensen
          Jessica jorgensen
          22:34 24 Mar 16
          They have amazing staff. They listen and help out so much I would recommend them to anyone .
          Brad Jorgensen
          Brad Jorgensen
          22:33 24 Mar 16
          The staff is very welcoming and friendly and professional when you walk through the door!! I had been dealing with some anxiety for some time.... I am so glad I went to Braden counseling my first visit there I felt a sense of being welcomed and actually listened to!! Needless to say when I walked out the door I felt a weight off my shoulders I haven't felt in sometime!! So thank you to your wonderful staff!! I would highly recommend Braden counseling to anyone who is looking for a great counselor to talk with and help with your mental health!!
          Deborah Mccoy
          Deborah Mccoy
          19:00 24 Mar 16
          I was an emotional wreck when I first went. I was nervous and probably not making a lot of sense. The staff seemed to understand and immediately put me at ease. By the time I left, life just didn’t seem so bad. Thank you Braden Center for being there.
          Pam Pascolini
          Pam Pascolini
          15:57 24 Mar 16
          The staff is friendly and courteous. I was amazed at how helpful they were. These people are top notch and very professional. I would highly recommend this office.
          Tricia Hernandez
          Tricia Hernandez
          15:45 24 Mar 16
          Braden Counseling Center has always been wonderful. Their front staff is very kind and helpful and Dr. Braden is nothing but professional during all encounters I have had with her. Their facility and staff care about providing quality services to their clients. I highly recommend them.
          Amanda Poturalski
          Amanda Poturalski
          13:56 24 Mar 16
          Would give this place more then 5 stars if I could. I Highly recommend them. Staff is amazing there and so helpful .
          Master Shake
          Master Shake
          21:57 23 Mar 16
          I highly recommend Braden Counseling. All the staff there is amazing and very sweet 🙂
          Melissa Stathis
          Melissa Stathis
          21:48 23 Mar 16
          Highly recommend this place. Very helpful and always courteous. Ms. Rogers is the best and has excellent skills with people to help them through a multitude of problems.
          Sarah Schuyler
          Sarah Schuyler
          20:37 23 Mar 16
          Amazing place! The counselors have helped me through some of my lowest points & the girl at the front desk, Cindy, is always super helpful, kind & courteous. Highly recommend!!!
          Jennifer Alexander
          Jennifer Alexander
          19:54 23 Mar 16

          Batavia IL EMDR Therapy

          After suffering a traumatic event, the after-effects can be profound. The person who was involved has a chance to relive their traumatic experience through vivid recollection and imagery, making them feel like they are going through the event over and over again in great detail. The result of this trauma is classified as PTSD, or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

          EMDR therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a new way that many people are looking to fight the symptoms associated with PTSD. At Braden Counseling Center’s Batavia, IL location, EMDR therapy is available to those who are in need.

          There are several ways that we can treat trauma at Braden Counseling Center. However, we are proud to provide EMDR therapy for anxiety and PTSD at our Batavia, IL branch, as well as at our other locations.

          What is EMDR Therapy Exactly?

          Rapid eye movement therapy is a very structured process. The first thing we will do is to get the individual to focus briefly on their traumatic memories. While they are focusing on those memories, they also experience rapid eye movements known as “bilateral stimulation.” This technique gradually reduces the traumatic memory, and its vividness, until the recollection begins to diminish. The problematic symptoms associated with the memory should also fade.

          Bartlett IL EMDR Therapy

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            What Our Clients are Saying.....

            I would rate as excellent the counselor with whom I've been working. She listens and offers very good suggestions for consideration and action.
            Harry Leffler
            Harry Leffler
            01:18 11 Apr 24
            My counselor Christine K. is very helpful, easy to talk to, makes me feel comfortable, gives great feedback!!!
            stacie dishman
            stacie dishman
            16:30 20 Feb 24
            Dwayne at Braden counseling goes above and beyond to help his clients. He is very professional and his priorities are all about his clients. I honestly, have to say that Dwayne is an amazing person, and I truly value our working relationships.
            Todd Friedewald
            Todd Friedewald
            00:31 12 Feb 24
            David was incredibly great. Most people would feel very closed out and possibly shy as a client. However, David made me feel very comfortable and was very helpful and detailed in conversation while being very professional. I left very satisfied and looking forward to his services!!! Thank you David keep being great !!!
            Natalie Hernandez
            Natalie Hernandez
            13:44 06 Feb 24
            Highly recommend!
            Joseph Dolcimascolo
            Joseph Dolcimascolo
            02:12 31 Jan 24
            Braden counseling is outstanding in the work they do Paul has changed my life and helped me so much in understand myself better and transforming me into a better person all around I recommend this center and Paul to anyone keep up the hard work and dedication!
            Antonio Diaz
            Antonio Diaz
            02:14 24 Jan 24
            I appreciate the open dialogue allowing attendees to share their thoughts, which enriches the learning experience, but also to have the focused guidance of a counselor to ensure the point of topic.
            Joe Freehill
            Joe Freehill
            15:18 23 Jan 24
            Dwayne is awesome and a pleasure to work with! I will request him every time! Thank you, Dwayne!
            Jen Rupp
            Jen Rupp
            20:06 15 Dec 23
            Dwayne Johnson is very professional and understanding.. Great counselor.. very satisfying
            Eva Thompson
            Eva Thompson
            01:25 30 Nov 23
            I called so many other counseling office first, either no one answer the call or no confirmed days for class, with Braden, right away, walk me through the process, fees and needed information, able to set up appointment next day to do the testing and schedule me the class right way. very helpful, not like some other place asked me to fill out so many medical forms although just 10 hours DUI Risk Education.I am really happy with them, they are also not charge as much as other company.
            Lan Hankes
            Lan Hankes
            22:56 03 Oct 23
            Everyone was very professional and kind!
            Cody Neuschwanger
            Cody Neuschwanger
            16:49 18 Sep 23
            Worked with Dwayne Thomas at the North Aurora location and couldn't be more satisfied with the respect and understanding he operated with. Really knows how to connect and convey the right message.
            Bret Van Gampler
            Bret Van Gampler
            23:30 05 Sep 23
            Very friendly and did a great job.
            Matthew Quirk
            Matthew Quirk
            21:41 18 Aug 23
            I see Amanda Cimaglia and she is by far the most compassionate, respecting and caring counselor I've had. With all the craziness I'm going through she really keeps me grounded. Always listens to me and never ever rushes me but gives me time for her positive feedback.I've always had trouble trusting someone with my issues because I'd find out that the counselor did not go according to her perfession but listen to others to get something out of me. I never had once had that once with Amanda Cimaglia and she let's me work through things I need to at my own pace. And for that I thank her 😊 . She has my mental health at her best interest. Wish there was more counselors out there like her so others can have a safe spot to speak without judgment like I do.From the very bottom of my heart, thank you Amanada Cimaglia and Braden Counseling for having her on board. I'm sure all your staff and team members are just as compassionate ❤️
            Maggie Opiola
            Maggie Opiola
            19:52 26 Jun 23
            David Jones is an outstanding counselor. I feel very fortunate to have him as our Lead on Saturday Morning group sessions.
            John Boehm
            John Boehm
            06:31 24 May 23
            Staff was amazing. Everything was explained and all questions answered.
            Wanda Sutton
            Wanda Sutton
            23:21 21 Apr 23
            understanding compassionate reflextive knowledged tool based
            happy holiday
            happy holiday
            20:10 09 Dec 22
            Braden Counseling is a clinic we frequently refer to because of the clinical quality and comprehensive services. All interactions we have had with Braden have been very positive and helpful; excellent coordination of care.
            Maggie Miilano
            Maggie Miilano
            16:57 02 Dec 22
            Braden counseling is very good at what they do. They do great things. I’ve been through there system more then once, I recommend them all day every day. Take your pick. I’d say choose one these guys. Very friendly, never mess up and very interactive. If you need anything they are there. I have met a lot of the staff and they all are true and gifted. Thank you Braden counseling for your great works!
            Cody Bell
            Cody Bell
            23:02 21 Sep 22
            Dr.Braden is an incredible, sweet and motivating leader! I’m so blessed to have found her center to successfully get me through 10 years of care. Everyone should know if I overcame my many obstacles they can too! Work hard and put up a fight!
            Lisa Tegeler
            Lisa Tegeler
            00:19 29 Jul 22
            As an attorney, finding the right treatment center for my clients is critical to their success. I have been referring my clients to Braden Counseling for years. They are always hard working, professional, and accomodating.
            Brian Mirandola
            Brian Mirandola
            16:59 26 May 22
            I love my therapist at Braden, I always feel listened to and I look forward to my visits. All of the staff I've interacted with has been super friendly and helpful, and the environment is very calming. Best therapy center I have been to.
            Devon Buza
            Devon Buza
            15:25 25 Jun 21
            Very professional and they were extremely nice, I'm happy with my choice of going threw Braden counseling center for my classes!
            gage butts
            gage butts
            19:43 07 Feb 21
            Amazing place
            Ralph Burton
            Ralph Burton
            16:30 30 Jan 21
            Braden Counseling’s staff is outstanding! The counselor conducted herself in a very friendly, courteous, and professional manner. I was treated with dignity and respect. I was put at ease and the evaluation went smoothly, and efficiently. I would definitely recommend Braden Counseling for all of your personal needs.😊
            Gregory Link
            Gregory Link
            17:16 21 Jan 21
            Excellent first visit with Dr. Braden.
            Gary Duffett
            Gary Duffett
            21:18 19 Dec 20
            My son liked his first visit and is open to going back again.
            Veris Nicole
            Veris Nicole
            22:36 12 Oct 20
            Very friendly and welcoming staff. Highly recommend
            Jennifer Rosales
            Jennifer Rosales
            21:50 29 Jul 20
            I could not be more satisfied with braden counseling with thier help. Very patient with clients in crisis and need of thier help.
            randall nuckles
            randall nuckles
            15:12 09 Jul 20
            I truly got the help I needed here and I appreciate all the staff member for making it a comfortable environment to feel free to talk about what's on your mind and making sure you get the proper help you need.
            Majah’s Mayhem
            Majah’s Mayhem
            19:30 20 May 20
            Love the staff .. came here for help and they definitely made a point to take care of all my paper work I needed .. would highly recommend them mostly Nikki shes a great help with anything .. always so cheerfull here 🙂
            miguel tovar
            miguel tovar
            00:58 17 Dec 19
            All staff very nice, respectful, caring, patientWould definitely recommend
            Zack Newby
            Zack Newby
            01:23 18 Nov 19
            One word....AMAZING !Very Comprehensive and Professional service. I would Highly Recommend to any one in need.
            Joseph Perry
            Joseph Perry
            16:58 10 Jul 19
            Dr. Jane Braden was absolutely wonderful and help me though my whole dui process, made it easy and help me understand.thank you some much DR. Branden for everything, your the best !!!😜
            Sean Battersby
            Sean Battersby
            18:46 12 Mar 19
            Friendly staff, very professional and results driven
            Jeffrey Kerner
            Jeffrey Kerner
            13:53 01 Aug 17
            Caring staff. Dr Braden was extremely compassionate and supportive during a difficult time. Recommend to anyone!
            T Anderson
            T Anderson
            21:54 06 Apr 16
            Braden Counseling center has the finest professionals around. I'd highly recommend their services should a need arise.
            Ndisox
            Ndisox
            03:03 29 Mar 16
            Braden Counseling is amazing! Very kind, very friendly staff. Treated me as though I'd been family. I'd recommend them to anyone!
            Jessica jorgensen
            Jessica jorgensen
            22:34 24 Mar 16
            They have amazing staff. They listen and help out so much I would recommend them to anyone .
            Brad Jorgensen
            Brad Jorgensen
            22:33 24 Mar 16
            The staff is very welcoming and friendly and professional when you walk through the door!! I had been dealing with some anxiety for some time.... I am so glad I went to Braden counseling my first visit there I felt a sense of being welcomed and actually listened to!! Needless to say when I walked out the door I felt a weight off my shoulders I haven't felt in sometime!! So thank you to your wonderful staff!! I would highly recommend Braden counseling to anyone who is looking for a great counselor to talk with and help with your mental health!!
            Deborah Mccoy
            Deborah Mccoy
            19:00 24 Mar 16
            I was an emotional wreck when I first went. I was nervous and probably not making a lot of sense. The staff seemed to understand and immediately put me at ease. By the time I left, life just didn’t seem so bad. Thank you Braden Center for being there.
            Pam Pascolini
            Pam Pascolini
            15:57 24 Mar 16
            The staff is friendly and courteous. I was amazed at how helpful they were. These people are top notch and very professional. I would highly recommend this office.
            Tricia Hernandez
            Tricia Hernandez
            15:45 24 Mar 16
            Braden Counseling Center has always been wonderful. Their front staff is very kind and helpful and Dr. Braden is nothing but professional during all encounters I have had with her. Their facility and staff care about providing quality services to their clients. I highly recommend them.
            Amanda Poturalski
            Amanda Poturalski
            13:56 24 Mar 16
            Would give this place more then 5 stars if I could. I Highly recommend them. Staff is amazing there and so helpful .
            Master Shake
            Master Shake
            21:57 23 Mar 16
            I highly recommend Braden Counseling. All the staff there is amazing and very sweet 🙂
            Melissa Stathis
            Melissa Stathis
            21:48 23 Mar 16
            Highly recommend this place. Very helpful and always courteous. Ms. Rogers is the best and has excellent skills with people to help them through a multitude of problems.
            Sarah Schuyler
            Sarah Schuyler
            20:37 23 Mar 16
            Amazing place! The counselors have helped me through some of my lowest points & the girl at the front desk, Cindy, is always super helpful, kind & courteous. Highly recommend!!!
            Jennifer Alexander
            Jennifer Alexander
            19:54 23 Mar 16

            How EMDR Therapy Can Help PTSD

            1. In addition to trauma and PTSD, EMDR therapy is also effective against anxiety, nightmares, depression, grief, and the effects of bullying and abuse.
            2. EMDR is a particularly good option for those who have trouble talking about their trauma.
            3. Compared to talk therapy, it is a quick form of treatment.
            4. It helps people cope with trauma and stress before it grows out of control and becomes unmanageable.
            5. It will also transform negative or self-limiting beliefs, causing the person to feel more positive about themselves.

            EMDR Therapy Broken Down in Phases

            EMDR therapy requires a certain amount of preparation to determine the best course of action. You will need to attend multiple sessions and meetings, as the process involves several different phases.

            Phases 1 & 2 – History and Treatment Planning

            To begin with, your therapist will learn their client’s full history as it relates to the trauma. From this information, the therapist can then begin to develop a treatment plan that identifies specific targets such as past memories, triggers, and treatment goals. After this initial phase, the next step is to explain the treatment to the client. This includes teaching different imagery, stress reduction techniques, and other ways to both cope with stress, and to reduce it, between sessions.

            Phase 3 – Memory Targeting

            Components of targeted memory include things such as images, cognition, effects, and body sensation, which are all identified and assessed when the targeted memory is activated. Evaluation of the changes that come with your emotions and cognition are measured with units called Validity of Cognition (VOC) and Subjective Units of Disturbance (SUD).

            Phase 4 – Identifying and Focus

            After memory targeting is complete, the client is then asked to identify four things:

            1. The visual image related to the memory in specific detail.
            2. Negative beliefs they have about themselves.
            3. Related emotions and body sensations they are feeling.
            4. A positive feeling the client has about their life.

            After these four are visualized by the client, they will be asked to focus on the memory so that desensitization of the memory can occur. After this, during the “installation phase,” the client is asked to hold their concentration on their positive belief, so we can mute the negative thoughts, and introduce positive thinking.

            Phase 5 – Body Scan

            The client will be asked to think about the positive belief they had, as well as the physical signs that they see in themselves while going over the traumatic event. The purpose is to observe and identify stress, so we can offer additional procedures in order to process it effectively.

            Phase 6 and Beyond – Closing and Re-Evaluating

            The session ends once our therapist has assessed their client on whether or not the targeted memory has been sufficiently processed. The therapist will give their client instructions and techniques they can use at home in order to cope with what they have just relived. They will be able to use these techniques until the next EMDR session takes place.

            For the next session, the therapist will need to evaluate their client’s state-of-mind as it stands at that moment. This is to determine whether progress has been maintained, or if any new memories or triggers have surfaced since the last session. If they have, the new target memories will be used for the new session.

            This whole process is repeated until the traumatic event is no longer vivid, and no longer creates any stress within the client.

            Will EMDR Hurt Me?

            Contact our Batavia, IL office today if you still have doubts on whether there are dangers associated with rapid eye movement therapy. It is considered a safe form of treatment with far fewer side effects than medication.

            That being said, there are still some side effects that could be experienced from EMDR therapy:

            • Once the session is done, there can be a lingering heightened sense of awareness. This can cause temporary light-headedness and/or vivid and realistic dreams.
            • As the treatment takes several sessions, it can initially be very triggering and emotionally stressful for clients. This will lessen as the treatment continues and starts to take effect.

            Are There Facts to Back up EMDR?

            According to the American Psychiatric Association (APA), EMDR therapy has been shown to be very effective for trauma symptoms and symptoms of PTSD, both acute and chronic. It is particularly effective for individuals that have difficulty vocalizing their trauma, since the treatment involves visualization rather than talking. However, more studies need to be done in order to fully understand how EMDR therapy can affect us over a lengthy period of time.

            More information is available at our Batavia, IL office, but as you will see, there are a lot of benefits to be gained by going with EMDR for PTSD. Braden Counseling Center is always available for anyone that shows symptoms of suffering from PTSD.

            How Can I Contact Braden Counseling Center?

            If you would like to learn more about EMDR therapy, or any of the other therapies and counseling services that we offer at the Braden Counseling Center, then please contact us today.

            At the Braden Counseling Center, our experienced staff is looking forward to working with you. We hope to help you move past the traumas that you have faced in your life and start you on a path toward happiness and fulfillment.

            Genoa IL EMDR Therapy

            After suffering a traumatic event, the after-effects can be profound. The person who was involved has a chance to relive their traumatic experience through vivid recollection and imagery, making them feel like they are going through the event over and over again in great detail. The result of this trauma is classified as PTSD, or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

            EMDR therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a new way that many people are looking to fight the symptoms associated with PTSD. At Braden Counseling Center’s Genoa, IL location, EMDR therapy is available to those who are in need.

            There are several ways that we can treat trauma at Braden Counseling Center. However, we are proud to provide EMDR therapy for anxiety and PTSD at our Genoa, IL branch, as well as at our other locations.

            What is EMDR Therapy Exactly?

            Rapid eye movement therapy is a very structured process. The first thing we will do is to get the individual to focus briefly on their traumatic memories. While they are focusing on those memories, they also experience rapid eye movements known as “bilateral stimulation.” This technique gradually reduces the traumatic memory, and its vividness, until the recollection begins to diminish. The problematic symptoms associated with the memory should also fade.

            Bartlett IL EMDR Therapy

            Let’s Chat


              Counseling ServicesEvaluations

              What Our Clients are Saying.....

              I would rate as excellent the counselor with whom I've been working. She listens and offers very good suggestions for consideration and action.
              Harry Leffler
              Harry Leffler
              01:18 11 Apr 24
              My counselor Christine K. is very helpful, easy to talk to, makes me feel comfortable, gives great feedback!!!
              stacie dishman
              stacie dishman
              16:30 20 Feb 24
              Dwayne at Braden counseling goes above and beyond to help his clients. He is very professional and his priorities are all about his clients. I honestly, have to say that Dwayne is an amazing person, and I truly value our working relationships.
              Todd Friedewald
              Todd Friedewald
              00:31 12 Feb 24
              David was incredibly great. Most people would feel very closed out and possibly shy as a client. However, David made me feel very comfortable and was very helpful and detailed in conversation while being very professional. I left very satisfied and looking forward to his services!!! Thank you David keep being great !!!
              Natalie Hernandez
              Natalie Hernandez
              13:44 06 Feb 24
              Highly recommend!
              Joseph Dolcimascolo
              Joseph Dolcimascolo
              02:12 31 Jan 24
              Braden counseling is outstanding in the work they do Paul has changed my life and helped me so much in understand myself better and transforming me into a better person all around I recommend this center and Paul to anyone keep up the hard work and dedication!
              Antonio Diaz
              Antonio Diaz
              02:14 24 Jan 24
              I appreciate the open dialogue allowing attendees to share their thoughts, which enriches the learning experience, but also to have the focused guidance of a counselor to ensure the point of topic.
              Joe Freehill
              Joe Freehill
              15:18 23 Jan 24
              Dwayne is awesome and a pleasure to work with! I will request him every time! Thank you, Dwayne!
              Jen Rupp
              Jen Rupp
              20:06 15 Dec 23
              Dwayne Johnson is very professional and understanding.. Great counselor.. very satisfying
              Eva Thompson
              Eva Thompson
              01:25 30 Nov 23
              I called so many other counseling office first, either no one answer the call or no confirmed days for class, with Braden, right away, walk me through the process, fees and needed information, able to set up appointment next day to do the testing and schedule me the class right way. very helpful, not like some other place asked me to fill out so many medical forms although just 10 hours DUI Risk Education.I am really happy with them, they are also not charge as much as other company.
              Lan Hankes
              Lan Hankes
              22:56 03 Oct 23
              Everyone was very professional and kind!
              Cody Neuschwanger
              Cody Neuschwanger
              16:49 18 Sep 23
              Worked with Dwayne Thomas at the North Aurora location and couldn't be more satisfied with the respect and understanding he operated with. Really knows how to connect and convey the right message.
              Bret Van Gampler
              Bret Van Gampler
              23:30 05 Sep 23
              Very friendly and did a great job.
              Matthew Quirk
              Matthew Quirk
              21:41 18 Aug 23
              I see Amanda Cimaglia and she is by far the most compassionate, respecting and caring counselor I've had. With all the craziness I'm going through she really keeps me grounded. Always listens to me and never ever rushes me but gives me time for her positive feedback.I've always had trouble trusting someone with my issues because I'd find out that the counselor did not go according to her perfession but listen to others to get something out of me. I never had once had that once with Amanda Cimaglia and she let's me work through things I need to at my own pace. And for that I thank her 😊 . She has my mental health at her best interest. Wish there was more counselors out there like her so others can have a safe spot to speak without judgment like I do.From the very bottom of my heart, thank you Amanada Cimaglia and Braden Counseling for having her on board. I'm sure all your staff and team members are just as compassionate ❤️
              Maggie Opiola
              Maggie Opiola
              19:52 26 Jun 23
              David Jones is an outstanding counselor. I feel very fortunate to have him as our Lead on Saturday Morning group sessions.
              John Boehm
              John Boehm
              06:31 24 May 23
              Staff was amazing. Everything was explained and all questions answered.
              Wanda Sutton
              Wanda Sutton
              23:21 21 Apr 23
              understanding compassionate reflextive knowledged tool based
              happy holiday
              happy holiday
              20:10 09 Dec 22
              Braden Counseling is a clinic we frequently refer to because of the clinical quality and comprehensive services. All interactions we have had with Braden have been very positive and helpful; excellent coordination of care.
              Maggie Miilano
              Maggie Miilano
              16:57 02 Dec 22
              Braden counseling is very good at what they do. They do great things. I’ve been through there system more then once, I recommend them all day every day. Take your pick. I’d say choose one these guys. Very friendly, never mess up and very interactive. If you need anything they are there. I have met a lot of the staff and they all are true and gifted. Thank you Braden counseling for your great works!
              Cody Bell
              Cody Bell
              23:02 21 Sep 22
              Dr.Braden is an incredible, sweet and motivating leader! I’m so blessed to have found her center to successfully get me through 10 years of care. Everyone should know if I overcame my many obstacles they can too! Work hard and put up a fight!
              Lisa Tegeler
              Lisa Tegeler
              00:19 29 Jul 22
              As an attorney, finding the right treatment center for my clients is critical to their success. I have been referring my clients to Braden Counseling for years. They are always hard working, professional, and accomodating.
              Brian Mirandola
              Brian Mirandola
              16:59 26 May 22
              I love my therapist at Braden, I always feel listened to and I look forward to my visits. All of the staff I've interacted with has been super friendly and helpful, and the environment is very calming. Best therapy center I have been to.
              Devon Buza
              Devon Buza
              15:25 25 Jun 21
              Very professional and they were extremely nice, I'm happy with my choice of going threw Braden counseling center for my classes!
              gage butts
              gage butts
              19:43 07 Feb 21
              Amazing place
              Ralph Burton
              Ralph Burton
              16:30 30 Jan 21
              Braden Counseling’s staff is outstanding! The counselor conducted herself in a very friendly, courteous, and professional manner. I was treated with dignity and respect. I was put at ease and the evaluation went smoothly, and efficiently. I would definitely recommend Braden Counseling for all of your personal needs.😊
              Gregory Link
              Gregory Link
              17:16 21 Jan 21
              Excellent first visit with Dr. Braden.
              Gary Duffett
              Gary Duffett
              21:18 19 Dec 20
              My son liked his first visit and is open to going back again.
              Veris Nicole
              Veris Nicole
              22:36 12 Oct 20
              Very friendly and welcoming staff. Highly recommend
              Jennifer Rosales
              Jennifer Rosales
              21:50 29 Jul 20
              I could not be more satisfied with braden counseling with thier help. Very patient with clients in crisis and need of thier help.
              randall nuckles
              randall nuckles
              15:12 09 Jul 20
              I truly got the help I needed here and I appreciate all the staff member for making it a comfortable environment to feel free to talk about what's on your mind and making sure you get the proper help you need.
              Majah’s Mayhem
              Majah’s Mayhem
              19:30 20 May 20
              Love the staff .. came here for help and they definitely made a point to take care of all my paper work I needed .. would highly recommend them mostly Nikki shes a great help with anything .. always so cheerfull here 🙂
              miguel tovar
              miguel tovar
              00:58 17 Dec 19
              All staff very nice, respectful, caring, patientWould definitely recommend
              Zack Newby
              Zack Newby
              01:23 18 Nov 19
              One word....AMAZING !Very Comprehensive and Professional service. I would Highly Recommend to any one in need.
              Joseph Perry
              Joseph Perry
              16:58 10 Jul 19
              Dr. Jane Braden was absolutely wonderful and help me though my whole dui process, made it easy and help me understand.thank you some much DR. Branden for everything, your the best !!!😜
              Sean Battersby
              Sean Battersby
              18:46 12 Mar 19
              Friendly staff, very professional and results driven
              Jeffrey Kerner
              Jeffrey Kerner
              13:53 01 Aug 17
              Caring staff. Dr Braden was extremely compassionate and supportive during a difficult time. Recommend to anyone!
              T Anderson
              T Anderson
              21:54 06 Apr 16
              Braden Counseling center has the finest professionals around. I'd highly recommend their services should a need arise.
              Ndisox
              Ndisox
              03:03 29 Mar 16
              Braden Counseling is amazing! Very kind, very friendly staff. Treated me as though I'd been family. I'd recommend them to anyone!
              Jessica jorgensen
              Jessica jorgensen
              22:34 24 Mar 16
              They have amazing staff. They listen and help out so much I would recommend them to anyone .
              Brad Jorgensen
              Brad Jorgensen
              22:33 24 Mar 16
              The staff is very welcoming and friendly and professional when you walk through the door!! I had been dealing with some anxiety for some time.... I am so glad I went to Braden counseling my first visit there I felt a sense of being welcomed and actually listened to!! Needless to say when I walked out the door I felt a weight off my shoulders I haven't felt in sometime!! So thank you to your wonderful staff!! I would highly recommend Braden counseling to anyone who is looking for a great counselor to talk with and help with your mental health!!
              Deborah Mccoy
              Deborah Mccoy
              19:00 24 Mar 16
              I was an emotional wreck when I first went. I was nervous and probably not making a lot of sense. The staff seemed to understand and immediately put me at ease. By the time I left, life just didn’t seem so bad. Thank you Braden Center for being there.
              Pam Pascolini
              Pam Pascolini
              15:57 24 Mar 16
              The staff is friendly and courteous. I was amazed at how helpful they were. These people are top notch and very professional. I would highly recommend this office.
              Tricia Hernandez
              Tricia Hernandez
              15:45 24 Mar 16
              Braden Counseling Center has always been wonderful. Their front staff is very kind and helpful and Dr. Braden is nothing but professional during all encounters I have had with her. Their facility and staff care about providing quality services to their clients. I highly recommend them.
              Amanda Poturalski
              Amanda Poturalski
              13:56 24 Mar 16
              Would give this place more then 5 stars if I could. I Highly recommend them. Staff is amazing there and so helpful .
              Master Shake
              Master Shake
              21:57 23 Mar 16
              I highly recommend Braden Counseling. All the staff there is amazing and very sweet 🙂
              Melissa Stathis
              Melissa Stathis
              21:48 23 Mar 16
              Highly recommend this place. Very helpful and always courteous. Ms. Rogers is the best and has excellent skills with people to help them through a multitude of problems.
              Sarah Schuyler
              Sarah Schuyler
              20:37 23 Mar 16
              Amazing place! The counselors have helped me through some of my lowest points & the girl at the front desk, Cindy, is always super helpful, kind & courteous. Highly recommend!!!
              Jennifer Alexander
              Jennifer Alexander
              19:54 23 Mar 16

              How EMDR Therapy Can Help PTSD

              1. In addition to trauma and PTSD, EMDR therapy is also effective against anxiety, nightmares, depression, grief, and the effects of bullying and abuse.
              2. EMDR is a particularly good option for those who have trouble talking about their trauma.
              3. Compared to talk therapy, it is a quick form of treatment.
              4. It helps people cope with trauma and stress before it grows out of control and becomes unmanageable.
              5. It will also transform negative or self-limiting beliefs, causing the person to feel more positive about themselves.

              EMDR Therapy Broken Down in Phases

              EMDR therapy requires a certain amount of preparation to determine the best course of action. You will need to attend multiple sessions and meetings, as the process involves several different phases.

              Phases 1 & 2 – History and Treatment Planning

              To begin with, your therapist will learn their client’s full history as it relates to the trauma. From this information, the therapist can then begin to develop a treatment plan that identifies specific targets such as past memories, triggers, and treatment goals. After this initial phase, the next step is to explain the treatment to the client. This includes teaching different imagery, stress reduction techniques, and other ways to both cope with stress, and to reduce it, between sessions.

              Phase 3 – Memory Targeting

              Components of targeted memory include things such as images, cognition, effects, and body sensation, which are all identified and assessed when the targeted memory is activated. Evaluation of the changes that come with your emotions and cognition are measured with units called Validity of Cognition (VOC) and Subjective Units of Disturbance (SUD).

              Phase 4 – Identifying and Focus

              After memory targeting is complete, the client is then asked to identify four things:

              1. The visual image related to the memory in specific detail.
              2. Negative beliefs they have about themselves.
              3. Related emotions and body sensations they are feeling.
              4. A positive feeling the client has about their life.

              After these four are visualized by the client, they will be asked to focus on the memory so that desensitization of the memory can occur. After this, during the “installation phase,” the client is asked to hold their concentration on their positive belief, so we can mute the negative thoughts, and introduce positive thinking.

              Phase 5 – Body Scan

              The client will be asked to think about the positive belief they had, as well as the physical signs that they see in themselves while going over the traumatic event. The purpose is to observe and identify stress, so we can offer additional procedures in order to process it effectively.

              Phase 6 and Beyond – Closing and Re-Evaluating

              The session ends once our therapist has assessed their client on whether or not the targeted memory has been sufficiently processed. The therapist will give their client instructions and techniques they can use at home in order to cope with what they have just relived. They will be able to use these techniques until the next EMDR session takes place.

              For the next session, the therapist will need to evaluate their client’s state-of-mind as it stands at that moment. This is to determine whether progress has been maintained, or if any new memories or triggers have surfaced since the last session. If they have, the new target memories will be used for the new session.

              This whole process is repeated until the traumatic event is no longer vivid, and no longer creates any stress within the client.

              Will EMDR Hurt Me?

              Contact our Genoa, IL office today if you still have doubts on whether there are dangers associated with rapid eye movement therapy. It is considered a safe form of treatment with far fewer side effects than medication.

              That being said, there are still some side effects that could be experienced from EMDR therapy:

              • Once the session is done, there can be a lingering heightened sense of awareness. This can cause temporary light-headedness and/or vivid and realistic dreams.
              • As the treatment takes several sessions, it can initially be very triggering and emotionally stressful for clients. This will lessen as the treatment continues and starts to take effect.

              Are There Facts to Back up EMDR?

              According to the American Psychiatric Association (APA), EMDR therapy has been shown to be very effective for trauma symptoms and symptoms of PTSD, both acute and chronic. It is particularly effective for individuals that have difficulty vocalizing their trauma, since the treatment involves visualization rather than talking. However, more studies need to be done in order to fully understand how EMDR therapy can affect us over a lengthy period of time.

              More information is available at our Genoa, IL office, but as you will see, there are a lot of benefits to be gained by going with EMDR for PTSD. Braden Counseling Center is always available for anyone that shows symptoms of suffering from PTSD.

              How Can I Contact Braden Counseling Center?

              If you would like to learn more about EMDR therapy, or any of the other therapies and counseling services that we offer at the Braden Counseling Center, then please contact us today.

              At the Braden Counseling Center, our experienced staff is looking forward to working with you. We hope to help you move past the traumas that you have faced in your life and start you on a path toward happiness and fulfillment.

              Dixon IL EMDR Therapy

              After suffering a traumatic event, the after-effects can be profound. The person who was involved has a chance to relive their traumatic experience through vivid recollection and imagery, making them feel like they are going through the event over and over again in great detail. The result of this trauma is classified as PTSD, or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

              EMDR therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a new way that many people are looking to fight the symptoms associated with PTSD. At Braden Counseling Center’s Dixon, IL location, EMDR therapy is available to those who are in need.

              There are several ways that we can treat trauma at Braden Counseling Center. However, we are proud to provide EMDR therapy for anxiety and PTSD at our Dixon, IL branch, as well as at our other locations.

              What is EMDR Therapy Exactly?

              Rapid eye movement therapy is a very structured process. The first thing we will do is to get the individual to focus briefly on their traumatic memories. While they are focusing on those memories, they also experience rapid eye movements known as “bilateral stimulation.” This technique gradually reduces the traumatic memory, and its vividness, until the recollection begins to diminish. The problematic symptoms associated with the memory should also fade.

              Bartlett IL EMDR Therapy

              Let’s Chat


                Counseling ServicesEvaluations

                What Our Clients are Saying.....

                I would rate as excellent the counselor with whom I've been working. She listens and offers very good suggestions for consideration and action.
                Harry Leffler
                Harry Leffler
                01:18 11 Apr 24
                My counselor Christine K. is very helpful, easy to talk to, makes me feel comfortable, gives great feedback!!!
                stacie dishman
                stacie dishman
                16:30 20 Feb 24
                Dwayne at Braden counseling goes above and beyond to help his clients. He is very professional and his priorities are all about his clients. I honestly, have to say that Dwayne is an amazing person, and I truly value our working relationships.
                Todd Friedewald
                Todd Friedewald
                00:31 12 Feb 24
                David was incredibly great. Most people would feel very closed out and possibly shy as a client. However, David made me feel very comfortable and was very helpful and detailed in conversation while being very professional. I left very satisfied and looking forward to his services!!! Thank you David keep being great !!!
                Natalie Hernandez
                Natalie Hernandez
                13:44 06 Feb 24
                Highly recommend!
                Joseph Dolcimascolo
                Joseph Dolcimascolo
                02:12 31 Jan 24
                Braden counseling is outstanding in the work they do Paul has changed my life and helped me so much in understand myself better and transforming me into a better person all around I recommend this center and Paul to anyone keep up the hard work and dedication!
                Antonio Diaz
                Antonio Diaz
                02:14 24 Jan 24
                I appreciate the open dialogue allowing attendees to share their thoughts, which enriches the learning experience, but also to have the focused guidance of a counselor to ensure the point of topic.
                Joe Freehill
                Joe Freehill
                15:18 23 Jan 24
                Dwayne is awesome and a pleasure to work with! I will request him every time! Thank you, Dwayne!
                Jen Rupp
                Jen Rupp
                20:06 15 Dec 23
                Dwayne Johnson is very professional and understanding.. Great counselor.. very satisfying
                Eva Thompson
                Eva Thompson
                01:25 30 Nov 23
                I called so many other counseling office first, either no one answer the call or no confirmed days for class, with Braden, right away, walk me through the process, fees and needed information, able to set up appointment next day to do the testing and schedule me the class right way. very helpful, not like some other place asked me to fill out so many medical forms although just 10 hours DUI Risk Education.I am really happy with them, they are also not charge as much as other company.
                Lan Hankes
                Lan Hankes
                22:56 03 Oct 23
                Everyone was very professional and kind!
                Cody Neuschwanger
                Cody Neuschwanger
                16:49 18 Sep 23
                Worked with Dwayne Thomas at the North Aurora location and couldn't be more satisfied with the respect and understanding he operated with. Really knows how to connect and convey the right message.
                Bret Van Gampler
                Bret Van Gampler
                23:30 05 Sep 23
                Very friendly and did a great job.
                Matthew Quirk
                Matthew Quirk
                21:41 18 Aug 23
                I see Amanda Cimaglia and she is by far the most compassionate, respecting and caring counselor I've had. With all the craziness I'm going through she really keeps me grounded. Always listens to me and never ever rushes me but gives me time for her positive feedback.I've always had trouble trusting someone with my issues because I'd find out that the counselor did not go according to her perfession but listen to others to get something out of me. I never had once had that once with Amanda Cimaglia and she let's me work through things I need to at my own pace. And for that I thank her 😊 . She has my mental health at her best interest. Wish there was more counselors out there like her so others can have a safe spot to speak without judgment like I do.From the very bottom of my heart, thank you Amanada Cimaglia and Braden Counseling for having her on board. I'm sure all your staff and team members are just as compassionate ❤️
                Maggie Opiola
                Maggie Opiola
                19:52 26 Jun 23
                David Jones is an outstanding counselor. I feel very fortunate to have him as our Lead on Saturday Morning group sessions.
                John Boehm
                John Boehm
                06:31 24 May 23
                Staff was amazing. Everything was explained and all questions answered.
                Wanda Sutton
                Wanda Sutton
                23:21 21 Apr 23
                understanding compassionate reflextive knowledged tool based
                happy holiday
                happy holiday
                20:10 09 Dec 22
                Braden Counseling is a clinic we frequently refer to because of the clinical quality and comprehensive services. All interactions we have had with Braden have been very positive and helpful; excellent coordination of care.
                Maggie Miilano
                Maggie Miilano
                16:57 02 Dec 22
                Braden counseling is very good at what they do. They do great things. I’ve been through there system more then once, I recommend them all day every day. Take your pick. I’d say choose one these guys. Very friendly, never mess up and very interactive. If you need anything they are there. I have met a lot of the staff and they all are true and gifted. Thank you Braden counseling for your great works!
                Cody Bell
                Cody Bell
                23:02 21 Sep 22
                Dr.Braden is an incredible, sweet and motivating leader! I’m so blessed to have found her center to successfully get me through 10 years of care. Everyone should know if I overcame my many obstacles they can too! Work hard and put up a fight!
                Lisa Tegeler
                Lisa Tegeler
                00:19 29 Jul 22
                As an attorney, finding the right treatment center for my clients is critical to their success. I have been referring my clients to Braden Counseling for years. They are always hard working, professional, and accomodating.
                Brian Mirandola
                Brian Mirandola
                16:59 26 May 22
                I love my therapist at Braden, I always feel listened to and I look forward to my visits. All of the staff I've interacted with has been super friendly and helpful, and the environment is very calming. Best therapy center I have been to.
                Devon Buza
                Devon Buza
                15:25 25 Jun 21
                Very professional and they were extremely nice, I'm happy with my choice of going threw Braden counseling center for my classes!
                gage butts
                gage butts
                19:43 07 Feb 21
                Amazing place
                Ralph Burton
                Ralph Burton
                16:30 30 Jan 21
                Braden Counseling’s staff is outstanding! The counselor conducted herself in a very friendly, courteous, and professional manner. I was treated with dignity and respect. I was put at ease and the evaluation went smoothly, and efficiently. I would definitely recommend Braden Counseling for all of your personal needs.😊
                Gregory Link
                Gregory Link
                17:16 21 Jan 21
                Excellent first visit with Dr. Braden.
                Gary Duffett
                Gary Duffett
                21:18 19 Dec 20
                My son liked his first visit and is open to going back again.
                Veris Nicole
                Veris Nicole
                22:36 12 Oct 20
                Very friendly and welcoming staff. Highly recommend
                Jennifer Rosales
                Jennifer Rosales
                21:50 29 Jul 20
                I could not be more satisfied with braden counseling with thier help. Very patient with clients in crisis and need of thier help.
                randall nuckles
                randall nuckles
                15:12 09 Jul 20
                I truly got the help I needed here and I appreciate all the staff member for making it a comfortable environment to feel free to talk about what's on your mind and making sure you get the proper help you need.
                Majah’s Mayhem
                Majah’s Mayhem
                19:30 20 May 20
                Love the staff .. came here for help and they definitely made a point to take care of all my paper work I needed .. would highly recommend them mostly Nikki shes a great help with anything .. always so cheerfull here 🙂
                miguel tovar
                miguel tovar
                00:58 17 Dec 19
                All staff very nice, respectful, caring, patientWould definitely recommend
                Zack Newby
                Zack Newby
                01:23 18 Nov 19
                One word....AMAZING !Very Comprehensive and Professional service. I would Highly Recommend to any one in need.
                Joseph Perry
                Joseph Perry
                16:58 10 Jul 19
                Dr. Jane Braden was absolutely wonderful and help me though my whole dui process, made it easy and help me understand.thank you some much DR. Branden for everything, your the best !!!😜
                Sean Battersby
                Sean Battersby
                18:46 12 Mar 19
                Friendly staff, very professional and results driven
                Jeffrey Kerner
                Jeffrey Kerner
                13:53 01 Aug 17
                Caring staff. Dr Braden was extremely compassionate and supportive during a difficult time. Recommend to anyone!
                T Anderson
                T Anderson
                21:54 06 Apr 16
                Braden Counseling center has the finest professionals around. I'd highly recommend their services should a need arise.
                Ndisox
                Ndisox
                03:03 29 Mar 16
                Braden Counseling is amazing! Very kind, very friendly staff. Treated me as though I'd been family. I'd recommend them to anyone!
                Jessica jorgensen
                Jessica jorgensen
                22:34 24 Mar 16
                They have amazing staff. They listen and help out so much I would recommend them to anyone .
                Brad Jorgensen
                Brad Jorgensen
                22:33 24 Mar 16
                The staff is very welcoming and friendly and professional when you walk through the door!! I had been dealing with some anxiety for some time.... I am so glad I went to Braden counseling my first visit there I felt a sense of being welcomed and actually listened to!! Needless to say when I walked out the door I felt a weight off my shoulders I haven't felt in sometime!! So thank you to your wonderful staff!! I would highly recommend Braden counseling to anyone who is looking for a great counselor to talk with and help with your mental health!!
                Deborah Mccoy
                Deborah Mccoy
                19:00 24 Mar 16
                I was an emotional wreck when I first went. I was nervous and probably not making a lot of sense. The staff seemed to understand and immediately put me at ease. By the time I left, life just didn’t seem so bad. Thank you Braden Center for being there.
                Pam Pascolini
                Pam Pascolini
                15:57 24 Mar 16
                The staff is friendly and courteous. I was amazed at how helpful they were. These people are top notch and very professional. I would highly recommend this office.
                Tricia Hernandez
                Tricia Hernandez
                15:45 24 Mar 16
                Braden Counseling Center has always been wonderful. Their front staff is very kind and helpful and Dr. Braden is nothing but professional during all encounters I have had with her. Their facility and staff care about providing quality services to their clients. I highly recommend them.
                Amanda Poturalski
                Amanda Poturalski
                13:56 24 Mar 16
                Would give this place more then 5 stars if I could. I Highly recommend them. Staff is amazing there and so helpful .
                Master Shake
                Master Shake
                21:57 23 Mar 16
                I highly recommend Braden Counseling. All the staff there is amazing and very sweet 🙂
                Melissa Stathis
                Melissa Stathis
                21:48 23 Mar 16
                Highly recommend this place. Very helpful and always courteous. Ms. Rogers is the best and has excellent skills with people to help them through a multitude of problems.
                Sarah Schuyler
                Sarah Schuyler
                20:37 23 Mar 16
                Amazing place! The counselors have helped me through some of my lowest points & the girl at the front desk, Cindy, is always super helpful, kind & courteous. Highly recommend!!!
                Jennifer Alexander
                Jennifer Alexander
                19:54 23 Mar 16

                How EMDR Therapy Can Help PTSD

                1. In addition to trauma and PTSD, EMDR therapy is also effective against anxiety, nightmares, depression, grief, and the effects of bullying and abuse.
                2. EMDR is a particularly good option for those who have trouble talking about their trauma.
                3. Compared to talk therapy, it is a quick form of treatment.
                4. It helps people cope with trauma and stress before it grows out of control and becomes unmanageable.
                5. It will also transform negative or self-limiting beliefs, causing the person to feel more positive about themselves.

                EMDR Therapy Broken Down in Phases

                EMDR therapy requires a certain amount of preparation to determine the best course of action. You will need to attend multiple sessions and meetings, as the process involves several different phases.

                Phases 1 & 2 – History and Treatment Planning

                To begin with, your therapist will learn their client’s full history as it relates to the trauma. From this information, the therapist can then begin to develop a treatment plan that identifies specific targets such as past memories, triggers, and treatment goals. After this initial phase, the next step is to explain the treatment to the client. This includes teaching different imagery, stress reduction techniques, and other ways to both cope with stress, and to reduce it, between sessions.

                Phase 3 – Memory Targeting

                Components of targeted memory include things such as images, cognition, effects, and body sensation, which are all identified and assessed when the targeted memory is activated. Evaluation of the changes that come with your emotions and cognition are measured with units called Validity of Cognition (VOC) and Subjective Units of Disturbance (SUD).

                Phase 4 – Identifying and Focus

                After memory targeting is complete, the client is then asked to identify four things:

                1. The visual image related to the memory in specific detail.
                2. Negative beliefs they have about themselves.
                3. Related emotions and body sensations they are feeling.
                4. A positive feeling the client has about their life.

                After these four are visualized by the client, they will be asked to focus on the memory so that desensitization of the memory can occur. After this, during the “installation phase,” the client is asked to hold their concentration on their positive belief, so we can mute the negative thoughts, and introduce positive thinking.

                Phase 5 – Body Scan

                The client will be asked to think about the positive belief they had, as well as the physical signs that they see in themselves while going over the traumatic event. The purpose is to observe and identify stress, so we can offer additional procedures in order to process it effectively.

                Phase 6 and Beyond – Closing and Re-Evaluating

                The session ends once our therapist has assessed their client on whether or not the targeted memory has been sufficiently processed. The therapist will give their client instructions and techniques they can use at home in order to cope with what they have just relived. They will be able to use these techniques until the next EMDR session takes place.

                For the next session, the therapist will need to evaluate their client’s state-of-mind as it stands at that moment. This is to determine whether progress has been maintained, or if any new memories or triggers have surfaced since the last session. If they have, the new target memories will be used for the new session.

                This whole process is repeated until the traumatic event is no longer vivid, and no longer creates any stress within the client.

                Will EMDR Hurt Me?

                Contact our Dixon, IL office today if you still have doubts on whether there are dangers associated with rapid eye movement therapy. It is considered a safe form of treatment with far fewer side effects than medication.

                That being said, there are still some side effects that could be experienced from EMDR therapy:

                • Once the session is done, there can be a lingering heightened sense of awareness. This can cause temporary light-headedness and/or vivid and realistic dreams.
                • As the treatment takes several sessions, it can initially be very triggering and emotionally stressful for clients. This will lessen as the treatment continues and starts to take effect.

                Are There Facts to Back up EMDR?

                According to the American Psychiatric Association (APA), EMDR therapy has been shown to be very effective for trauma symptoms and symptoms of PTSD, both acute and chronic. It is particularly effective for individuals that have difficulty vocalizing their trauma, since the treatment involves visualization rather than talking. However, more studies need to be done in order to fully understand how EMDR therapy can affect us over a lengthy period of time.

                More information is available at our Dixon, IL office, but as you will see, there are a lot of benefits to be gained by going with EMDR for PTSD. Braden Counseling Center is always available for anyone that shows symptoms of suffering from PTSD.

                How Can I Contact Braden Counseling Center?

                If you would like to learn more about EMDR therapy, or any of the other therapies and counseling services that we offer at the Braden Counseling Center, then please contact us today.

                At the Braden Counseling Center, our experienced staff is looking forward to working with you. We hope to help you move past the traumas that you have faced in your life and start you on a path toward happiness and fulfillment.

                Hanover Park IL EMDR Therapy

                After suffering a traumatic event, the after-effects can be profound. The person who was involved has a chance to relive their traumatic experience through vivid recollection and imagery, making them feel like they are going through the event over and over again in great detail. The result of this trauma is classified as PTSD, or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

                EMDR therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a new way that many people are looking to fight the symptoms associated with PTSD. At Braden Counseling Center’s Hanover Park, IL location, EMDR therapy is available to those who are in need.

                There are several ways that we can treat trauma at Braden Counseling Center. However, we are proud to provide EMDR therapy for anxiety and PTSD at our Hanover Park, IL branch, as well as at our other locations.

                What is EMDR Therapy Exactly?

                Rapid eye movement therapy is a very structured process. The first thing we will do is to get the individual to focus briefly on their traumatic memories. While they are focusing on those memories, they also experience rapid eye movements known as “bilateral stimulation.” This technique gradually reduces the traumatic memory, and its vividness, until the recollection begins to diminish. The problematic symptoms associated with the memory should also fade.

                Bartlett IL EMDR Therapy

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                  I would rate as excellent the counselor with whom I've been working. She listens and offers very good suggestions for consideration and action.
                  Harry Leffler
                  Harry Leffler
                  01:18 11 Apr 24
                  My counselor Christine K. is very helpful, easy to talk to, makes me feel comfortable, gives great feedback!!!
                  stacie dishman
                  stacie dishman
                  16:30 20 Feb 24
                  Dwayne at Braden counseling goes above and beyond to help his clients. He is very professional and his priorities are all about his clients. I honestly, have to say that Dwayne is an amazing person, and I truly value our working relationships.
                  Todd Friedewald
                  Todd Friedewald
                  00:31 12 Feb 24
                  David was incredibly great. Most people would feel very closed out and possibly shy as a client. However, David made me feel very comfortable and was very helpful and detailed in conversation while being very professional. I left very satisfied and looking forward to his services!!! Thank you David keep being great !!!
                  Natalie Hernandez
                  Natalie Hernandez
                  13:44 06 Feb 24
                  Highly recommend!
                  Joseph Dolcimascolo
                  Joseph Dolcimascolo
                  02:12 31 Jan 24
                  Braden counseling is outstanding in the work they do Paul has changed my life and helped me so much in understand myself better and transforming me into a better person all around I recommend this center and Paul to anyone keep up the hard work and dedication!
                  Antonio Diaz
                  Antonio Diaz
                  02:14 24 Jan 24
                  I appreciate the open dialogue allowing attendees to share their thoughts, which enriches the learning experience, but also to have the focused guidance of a counselor to ensure the point of topic.
                  Joe Freehill
                  Joe Freehill
                  15:18 23 Jan 24
                  Dwayne is awesome and a pleasure to work with! I will request him every time! Thank you, Dwayne!
                  Jen Rupp
                  Jen Rupp
                  20:06 15 Dec 23
                  Dwayne Johnson is very professional and understanding.. Great counselor.. very satisfying
                  Eva Thompson
                  Eva Thompson
                  01:25 30 Nov 23
                  I called so many other counseling office first, either no one answer the call or no confirmed days for class, with Braden, right away, walk me through the process, fees and needed information, able to set up appointment next day to do the testing and schedule me the class right way. very helpful, not like some other place asked me to fill out so many medical forms although just 10 hours DUI Risk Education.I am really happy with them, they are also not charge as much as other company.
                  Lan Hankes
                  Lan Hankes
                  22:56 03 Oct 23
                  Everyone was very professional and kind!
                  Cody Neuschwanger
                  Cody Neuschwanger
                  16:49 18 Sep 23
                  Worked with Dwayne Thomas at the North Aurora location and couldn't be more satisfied with the respect and understanding he operated with. Really knows how to connect and convey the right message.
                  Bret Van Gampler
                  Bret Van Gampler
                  23:30 05 Sep 23
                  Very friendly and did a great job.
                  Matthew Quirk
                  Matthew Quirk
                  21:41 18 Aug 23
                  I see Amanda Cimaglia and she is by far the most compassionate, respecting and caring counselor I've had. With all the craziness I'm going through she really keeps me grounded. Always listens to me and never ever rushes me but gives me time for her positive feedback.I've always had trouble trusting someone with my issues because I'd find out that the counselor did not go according to her perfession but listen to others to get something out of me. I never had once had that once with Amanda Cimaglia and she let's me work through things I need to at my own pace. And for that I thank her 😊 . She has my mental health at her best interest. Wish there was more counselors out there like her so others can have a safe spot to speak without judgment like I do.From the very bottom of my heart, thank you Amanada Cimaglia and Braden Counseling for having her on board. I'm sure all your staff and team members are just as compassionate ❤️
                  Maggie Opiola
                  Maggie Opiola
                  19:52 26 Jun 23
                  David Jones is an outstanding counselor. I feel very fortunate to have him as our Lead on Saturday Morning group sessions.
                  John Boehm
                  John Boehm
                  06:31 24 May 23
                  Staff was amazing. Everything was explained and all questions answered.
                  Wanda Sutton
                  Wanda Sutton
                  23:21 21 Apr 23
                  understanding compassionate reflextive knowledged tool based
                  happy holiday
                  happy holiday
                  20:10 09 Dec 22
                  Braden Counseling is a clinic we frequently refer to because of the clinical quality and comprehensive services. All interactions we have had with Braden have been very positive and helpful; excellent coordination of care.
                  Maggie Miilano
                  Maggie Miilano
                  16:57 02 Dec 22
                  Braden counseling is very good at what they do. They do great things. I’ve been through there system more then once, I recommend them all day every day. Take your pick. I’d say choose one these guys. Very friendly, never mess up and very interactive. If you need anything they are there. I have met a lot of the staff and they all are true and gifted. Thank you Braden counseling for your great works!
                  Cody Bell
                  Cody Bell
                  23:02 21 Sep 22
                  Dr.Braden is an incredible, sweet and motivating leader! I’m so blessed to have found her center to successfully get me through 10 years of care. Everyone should know if I overcame my many obstacles they can too! Work hard and put up a fight!
                  Lisa Tegeler
                  Lisa Tegeler
                  00:19 29 Jul 22
                  As an attorney, finding the right treatment center for my clients is critical to their success. I have been referring my clients to Braden Counseling for years. They are always hard working, professional, and accomodating.
                  Brian Mirandola
                  Brian Mirandola
                  16:59 26 May 22
                  I love my therapist at Braden, I always feel listened to and I look forward to my visits. All of the staff I've interacted with has been super friendly and helpful, and the environment is very calming. Best therapy center I have been to.
                  Devon Buza
                  Devon Buza
                  15:25 25 Jun 21
                  Very professional and they were extremely nice, I'm happy with my choice of going threw Braden counseling center for my classes!
                  gage butts
                  gage butts
                  19:43 07 Feb 21
                  Amazing place
                  Ralph Burton
                  Ralph Burton
                  16:30 30 Jan 21
                  Braden Counseling’s staff is outstanding! The counselor conducted herself in a very friendly, courteous, and professional manner. I was treated with dignity and respect. I was put at ease and the evaluation went smoothly, and efficiently. I would definitely recommend Braden Counseling for all of your personal needs.😊
                  Gregory Link
                  Gregory Link
                  17:16 21 Jan 21
                  Excellent first visit with Dr. Braden.
                  Gary Duffett
                  Gary Duffett
                  21:18 19 Dec 20
                  My son liked his first visit and is open to going back again.
                  Veris Nicole
                  Veris Nicole
                  22:36 12 Oct 20
                  Very friendly and welcoming staff. Highly recommend
                  Jennifer Rosales
                  Jennifer Rosales
                  21:50 29 Jul 20
                  I could not be more satisfied with braden counseling with thier help. Very patient with clients in crisis and need of thier help.
                  randall nuckles
                  randall nuckles
                  15:12 09 Jul 20
                  I truly got the help I needed here and I appreciate all the staff member for making it a comfortable environment to feel free to talk about what's on your mind and making sure you get the proper help you need.
                  Majah’s Mayhem
                  Majah’s Mayhem
                  19:30 20 May 20
                  Love the staff .. came here for help and they definitely made a point to take care of all my paper work I needed .. would highly recommend them mostly Nikki shes a great help with anything .. always so cheerfull here 🙂
                  miguel tovar
                  miguel tovar
                  00:58 17 Dec 19
                  All staff very nice, respectful, caring, patientWould definitely recommend
                  Zack Newby
                  Zack Newby
                  01:23 18 Nov 19
                  One word....AMAZING !Very Comprehensive and Professional service. I would Highly Recommend to any one in need.
                  Joseph Perry
                  Joseph Perry
                  16:58 10 Jul 19
                  Dr. Jane Braden was absolutely wonderful and help me though my whole dui process, made it easy and help me understand.thank you some much DR. Branden for everything, your the best !!!😜
                  Sean Battersby
                  Sean Battersby
                  18:46 12 Mar 19
                  Friendly staff, very professional and results driven
                  Jeffrey Kerner
                  Jeffrey Kerner
                  13:53 01 Aug 17
                  Caring staff. Dr Braden was extremely compassionate and supportive during a difficult time. Recommend to anyone!
                  T Anderson
                  T Anderson
                  21:54 06 Apr 16
                  Braden Counseling center has the finest professionals around. I'd highly recommend their services should a need arise.
                  Ndisox
                  Ndisox
                  03:03 29 Mar 16
                  Braden Counseling is amazing! Very kind, very friendly staff. Treated me as though I'd been family. I'd recommend them to anyone!
                  Jessica jorgensen
                  Jessica jorgensen
                  22:34 24 Mar 16
                  They have amazing staff. They listen and help out so much I would recommend them to anyone .
                  Brad Jorgensen
                  Brad Jorgensen
                  22:33 24 Mar 16
                  The staff is very welcoming and friendly and professional when you walk through the door!! I had been dealing with some anxiety for some time.... I am so glad I went to Braden counseling my first visit there I felt a sense of being welcomed and actually listened to!! Needless to say when I walked out the door I felt a weight off my shoulders I haven't felt in sometime!! So thank you to your wonderful staff!! I would highly recommend Braden counseling to anyone who is looking for a great counselor to talk with and help with your mental health!!
                  Deborah Mccoy
                  Deborah Mccoy
                  19:00 24 Mar 16
                  I was an emotional wreck when I first went. I was nervous and probably not making a lot of sense. The staff seemed to understand and immediately put me at ease. By the time I left, life just didn’t seem so bad. Thank you Braden Center for being there.
                  Pam Pascolini
                  Pam Pascolini
                  15:57 24 Mar 16
                  The staff is friendly and courteous. I was amazed at how helpful they were. These people are top notch and very professional. I would highly recommend this office.
                  Tricia Hernandez
                  Tricia Hernandez
                  15:45 24 Mar 16