Trauma Therapy

Trauma Therapy

Trauma is a distressing event in which a person feels severely threatens emotionally, psychologically, or physically.  Most people will experience a traumatic event at some point in their lives.  Many people recover from trauma with time and with accessing support.  However, for others, the effects of trauma are lasting, causing a person to live with deep emotional pain, fear, confusion or post traumatic stress far after the trauma has occurred.  Support and assistance from mental health providers is fundamental to healing from trauma.  The most common types of therapy used and recognized for their effectiveness in trauma treatment are cognitive behavioral therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy.  In some cases psychotropic medications are used to help manage symptoms of trauma and PTSD. Our providers can recommend which form or treatment is best for your unique situation.

What is EMDR therapy?

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences.  Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal.  EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma.  When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound.  If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain.  Once the block is removed, healing resumes.  EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes.  The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health.  If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering.  Once the block is removed, healing resumes.  Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR training sessions, clinicians help clients activate their natural healing processes.


For more information, please visit the following links, provided by EMDRIA:   

Read description of EMDR for clients ⇒

Read EMDRIA’s Clinical Definition of EMDR ⇒

Information about EMDR Research ⇒


EMDR Frequently Asked Questions: 


Additional information about EMDR therapy is available to the public in the “What is EMDR Therapy?” brochure and to mental health professionals in “EMDR: Information for Professionals” brochure. Copies may be purchased in the EMDR International Association Store.

Get in touch

For more information on Trauma Therapy or to schedule an appointment with a provider trained in EMDR or another treatment modality, please contact us at:

Phone: (763) 575-8086

Fax: Any information you would normally fax can be scanned to our email at or to your provider directly.


WORDS From clients

  • “Darci is a wonderful therapist with an excellent skill set that is evident in the relationships she builds with her clients.  She takes the time to get to know her clients individual needs and builds appropriate treatment plans to best help them meet their goals. She is understanding and non-judgmental which helps create a safe environment for change.  Overall, I can't recommend Darci enough ”

    Ashley Stavig
    Ashley StavigLicense Mental Health Counselor
  • “Tonie and Darci are upbeat, friendly and supportive.  They work with their clients with care and understanding.  They offer resources to all those needing assistance and are willing to help in any way possible!”

    Kelly Salzl
    Kelly SalzlLMFT - Changes Counseling
  • "Dr. VanStelten practices with a combination of professionalism and knowledge.  Her practice style facilitates an open and comfortable dialogue with her clients."

    Kristen, RN
  • "Jodi is incredibly knowledgeable, and works with each of her clients to determine exactly how to provide collaborative guidance to a vast array of unique needs. Her expertise is greatly matched by her genuine kindness, which ensures that her clients have the perfect environment where they can make the desired changes in their lives, to bring lasting healing."

    Sarah, Therapist
  • "Darla is a warm, knowledgeable therapist.  She connects beautifully with young people and their families, allowing them to quickly engage in the therapeutic work.  Her skill, coupled with her genuine good nature, is a healing combination.""

    Lisa Wald, MSW, LICSW


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