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From the Direct Services Team

At SARA we provide trauma therapy for survivors of sexual abuse and assault.  The therapeutic space is a collaborative one in which survivor and therapist work together to set goals to address the impacts of their trauma. As therapists, we use a variety of modalities to support survivors in this process.  One such evidenced based modality is Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Therapy or (EMDR).

 EMDR is a psychotherapy that works with the brain and body’s natural design for healing. When we get an injury, our bodies automatically begin to work toward mending the wound. Debris left in the wound can inflict more pain and interrupt the healing process. Once the blockage is cleared the natural process of healing can resume.

Similarly, when we experience trauma, it can overwhelm our system. Memories, emotions, and body sensations can get frozen in process and stuck in trauma time.  EMDR creates opportunity for information to be reprocessed. Dual attention is used in the form of tapping or eye movements to access the traumatic memory network while helping the survivor stay in the present. EMDR has a three-pronged protocol that includes the following: 1) traumatic events that have caused distress are processed, enhancing linkage to adaptive information 2) internal and external stressors/triggers are targeted and desensitized 3) future templates are incorporated, enhancing skill building to support adaptive functioning. Results of EMDR may include an increase to adaptive beliefs, new learning, and a reduction of both emotional and physiological distress.

The enclosed video shows more of the phases of EMDR.  However, please note that each individuals process is different.  With complex trauma the phases may be slowed down and less linear.

Intro To EMDR Therapy




Upcoming Events

Crisis Services Training
Sep 26 2021 - Sep 26 2021
10:00AM - 04:00PM
Greene IAP
Sep 27 2021 - Sep 27 2021
10:00AM - 12:30PM
Crisis Services Coordinator
Sep 27 2021 - Sep 27 2021
06:00PM - 09:00PM
Crisis Services Coordinator
Sep 29 2021 - Sep 29 2021
06:00PM - 09:00PM
Crisis Services Coordinator
Oct 04 2021 - Oct 04 2021
06:00PM - 09:00PM

About SARA

The mission of the Sexual Assault Resource Agency (SARA) is to eliminate sexual violence and its impact by providing education, advocacy and support to men, women and children. Our vision is a community free from sexual violence.

Communities Served

We are located in Charlottesville, Virginia and serve:

  • City of Charlottesville
  • Albemarle County
  • Louisa County
  • Nelson County
  • Fluvanna County
  • Greene County

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 Charlottesville, Virginia

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