Trauma Clinic for Adults

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Addressing the Need

Thrive recognizes the need for trauma specific treatment knowing that a majority of those we support have lived trauma experiences that negatively influences day-to-day functioning and overall mental health. There are limited resources available for receiving trauma specific treatment such as EMDR and the goal is to make trauma treatment more accessible for our communities.

The purpose of this program is to address the neurophysiological responses to traumatic experiences by offering a menu of evidence-based time-limited trauma interventions by qualified staff.  Learning to live with the experience, understanding both we can’t eradicate it and we don’t have to accept it. For adults 18+

Commitment: 12-weeks (about 3 months), beginning June 1st


Overview of Clinical Therapy Treatment

Individual Sessions (participation in one of the following two options):

  1. Brainspotting – 50-minute individual weekly treatment. Day/time to be determined based on client and Thrive therapist overlapping availability
  2. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) – 50-minute individual weekly treatment. Day/time to be determined based on client and Thrive therapist overlapping availability

Group Sessions (participation required for all three groups):

  1. Gestalt Group Therapy on Mondays from 3 pm – 5 pm
  2. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) G-TEP on Wednesdays from 5 pm – 6:30 pm
  3. STAIR Skills Based Group Therapy on Fridays from 3 pm – 4:30 pm

Who is Covered:
Most insurance is accepted, including Medicaid and Medicare. Please call Thrive Access Department at 708-383-7500 x 204 for insurance questions.

Who to Contact, pre-screening required
To learn more and for pre-screening, contact Angie Pill, LCSW at 708-383-7500 x 310 or email


Description of Therapies

Brainspotting: Studies have shown that Brainspotting is effective in treating anxiety, stress, and trauma by locating points in the client’s visual field that help to access unprocessed trauma. Brainspotting is a powerful, focused treatment method that works by identifying, processing, and releasing core neurophysiological sources of emotional/body pain, trauma, dissociation and a variety of other challenging symptoms. Brainspotting is a simultaneous form of diagnosis and treatment, enhanced with Biolateral sound, which is deep, direct, and powerful yet focused and containing.

EMDR: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a structured therapy in which a client briefly focuses on the trauma memory with simultaneously experiencing bilateral stimulation (BLS) from the therapist. EMDR has been shown to be an effective tool for decreasing the vividness and emotions of intense trauma by allowing the brain to resume its natural healing process through BLS. The purpose is to target and resolve unprocessed traumatic memories in the brain. It has been extensively researched as an effective tool proven to help people recovery from trauma and symptoms related to PTSD. There is continued research that supports positive results from utilizing EMDR with other mental health disorders, such as: anxiety, depression, OCD, chronic pain, addictions, and other distressing life experiences.

Gestalt Group: An experiential group where we deal with trauma in the here and now. Participants are guided through therapeutic role play featuring “parts” that we are involved in, affected by or responsive to past trauma.

EMDR G-TEP Group: The work that we will do here can help you feel calmer and stronger and regain your balance. What we will be doing can help your natural system digest the things that are still disturbing you from this difficult time/episode so that you can regain your balance. Just notice whatever you notice…images, thoughts, feelings, body sensations from the memories of your difficult experiences…while you are sitting here safely…with your feet on the ground…and gradually you can begin feeling calmer, safer and more in control here and now.

STAIR Group: Skills Training in Affective and Interpersonal Regulation (STAIR), is a skill-based group designed for adults with a history of trauma who are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), experiencing difficulties with emotion management and interpersonal relationships. Traumatic experiences overwhelm the emotional system, creating both emotional chaos and numbing, undermining our ability to think and act effectively, and disturbing our sense of self and our relationships. The skills training and practice introduced in this program are designed to help you leave behind old patterns and develop new interpersonal behaviors and emotion management skills more consistent with your current life goals.


Thrive Qualified Staff

  1. Jennifer Enache, LSW, EMDR Therapist
  2. Desi Mendez, LPC, Brainspotting trained Therapist
  3. Angie Pill, LCSW, CADC, EMDR Certified Therapist