Aion Trauma Center

Treatment Modalities

Treatment modalities selected are tailored to each client’s individual needs and trauma history, and might include one or combination of the following. Each treatment approach is always carried out in a compassionate and safe relationship framework with Rick.

Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy

EMDR is one of the cutting-edge treatments for trauma based on neuroscience research. Oftentimes people with PTSD have a difficult time processing what happened to them. This is because trauma lives largely in the “feeling” part of our brain that we can’t consciously access, and not the “thinking” part of our brain that we can control. EMDR helps with this. EMDR is a psychotherapy treatment that helps people process memories, emotions, and feelings related to trauma, in addition to the physical symptoms that occur. It utilizes eye movement or sound to help people deal with their traumatic memories.

During this treatment, your therapist will ask you to pay close attention to a back and forth movement or sound. As you are doing so, you’ll be asked to call to mind the upsetting memory. You and your therapist will address this memory and related physical sensations using EMDR protocols which activates the mind’s natural healing system. This is always done with great care and compassion, and at a pace that clients can control.


This is a relatively new form of trauma therapy developed by world-renowned psychotherapist, David Grand, Ph.D.  It uses the same neuroscience as EMDR, and is designed to help people access, process, and overcome trauma, negative emotions, and pain.

This treatment utilizes “dual attunement” to help people access their deeper emotions and target the physical effects of trauma. While talking with your therapist, you’ll be asked to follow a pointer with your eyes. This process will help locate “Brainspots”, or points in physical space that we fix our gaze on that corresponds to where trauma is stored in the brain. You and your therapist will process through these Brainspots in a safe and comfortable manner.

This type of treatment is especially effective for those who are experiencing the psychological effects of trauma such as:

Psychotherapy/Talk Therapy

Talk therapy is one of the most commonly used treatment modalities.  It’s aimed at treating the emotional and mental health consequences of trauma. Everyone deals with trauma differently, so talk therapy will look differently depending on the person.

As the name suggests, you will be strategically talking with your psychotherapist about the event itself as well as other consequences that resulted from the traumatic event. It will help you:

Process what happened

Help you realize that you are more than your trauma

Regain a sense of meaning in your life