Individual therapy sessions at Holdfast Recovery are provided by Christian clinicians, that are trained in the treatment of trauma including: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Our clients receive Trauma Informed Treatment with a Cognitive Behavioral Approach, as we understand that there is a high co-occurrence between substance use and trauma. Research has shown that 95% of adults that struggle with substance use disorders, also report a history of trauma and/or trauma-related distress, Atkins, 2014. The treatment at Holdfast Recovery is individualized to meet each client where they are at.


1. Atkins, C. (2014). Co-occurring disorders: Integrated assessment and treatment of substance use and mental disorders. Eau Claire, WI: PESI Publishing and Media.

Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Therapy, EMDR
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) plays a central role in our treatment of addiction. Here at Holdfast Recovery we understand the revolving door that is often associated with Substance Use Disorders, SUD, as most treatment modalities do not address the underlying problems that lead to SUD in the first place, and far too often lead to relapse.

EMDR Therapy originated in the late 1980’s by Francine Shapiro, http://psycnet.apa.org/record/1989-40656-001. EMDR Therapy is an evidenced-based treatment for traumatic or distressing memories. EMDR Therapy is an information processing therapy, that uses the brain’s natural healing process, as God has gifted every body with a remarkable ability to heal itself under the right condition.

EMDR Therapy uses an eight-phase approach. The first two phases are about stabilization and building internal resources, which is needed in the preparation of phases three through eight, the trauma reprocessing. Far too often people mistakenly believe that events are somehow unimportant if they don’t meet a certain standard or level of distress. Many events can be traumatic or distressing because of the personal significance to the individual, as well as their personality and temperament. Because EMDR Therapy focuses on personal experience, it downplays what a therapist or others think of an event, and instead deals directly with how the experience affected the client. EMDR Therapy comprehensively identifies and addresses experiences that have overwhelmed the brain’s natural resilience or coping ability, which generate traumatic symptoms or coping strategies such as: flashbacks, depression, anxiety, panic, insomnia, isolating behaviors, and self-medication with drugs and alcohol. EMDR is used to assist clients as they reprocess traumatic or distressing memories until they are no longer psychologically troublesome. Our clinicians assist clients as they attend to past experiences that have set the groundwork for their addiction, and dysfunctional emotions, beliefs, and sensations, with the positive experience needed to enhance future adaptive behaviors and mental health.