Mental Health Counselor / Therapist in New Haven, CT
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Donald F. deGraffenried, LCSW
Effective Trauma Treatment with EMDR
Trauma Treatment Associates
389 Whitney Avenue   
Consultation Center - Front entrance   
New HavenCT 06511
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Practice Information
My practice specializes in treatment trauma, both individual and complex, with Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). EMDR is an evidence/research model that is successful in the treatment of recent and past traumatic events.

EMDR is especially helpful to clients who have experienced trauma given it is not an exposure treatment model and does not required extensive talking about the traumatic incidents.

The first two sessions are used to develop a psychosocial history and to identify the specific events to be desensitized with EMDR. Prior to treatment of traumatic events, clients create and practice realization tools to help with the success of the therapy.

Traumatic incidents are scaled on the Subjective Units of Disturbance Scale ( 0 to 10) with 10 being the most severe. The goal in treatment is to bring the level of distress for the trauma to 0 or neutral.

In addition, I specialize in working with Homicide Survivors, an individual who has had a member of their family murdered. I use the EMDR and the Recent Event Protocol to focus on and desensitize the event for the victim.
 Using the EMDR Recent Event Protocol with Homicide Survivors -
 Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW)
 Certified EMDR Therapist (EMDRIA)
 EMDR Approved Consultant (EMDRIA)
 EMDR Part 1 and 2 (EMDRIA)
 Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
 Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
License Info
# 005398 Connecticut LCSW
deGraffenried graduated from the UCONN School of Social Work in West Hartford in 1980. He has a post graduate certification in hypnotherapy. In addition he has advanced training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing and trains clinicians in this innovative method throughout the United States.
Donald F. deGraffenried, LCSW maintains a private practice specializing in treating complex trauma, with EMDR, in New Haven, Connecticut.

deGraffenried is an EMDRIA Approved Consultant and an Approved Facilitator for the EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Program and the EMDR Institute. deGraffenried was invited to present papers at the EMDR International Association Annual Conferences in 2002 (San Diego), 2005 (Seattle), 2007 (Dallas), 2008 (Phoenix), 2009 (Atlanta) and 2010 (Minneapolis).
In 2006 he was elected to serve a three year term on the Board of Directors for the EMDR International Association.

In 2007 he and several other EMDR practitioners founded the EMDR Special Interest Group (SIG) “Pubic Practice and Diversity” whose mission is to actively support the development of EMDR in non-profit community agencies and support practitioners from ethnically and culturally diverse backgrounds.

He is the author of four articles on home-based family interventions with multi problem families. In April of 2007 his article “EMDR and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) Recipients: A Case Study of Trauma Treatment in The Home” was published by the EMDR International Association Newsletter. This article describes the home based use of EMDR with a victim of domestic violence, using a strength based, solution oriented and brief treatment model.

In 2006 deGraffenried was a part of a team from the EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Program that was sent to provide a pro bono training in EMDR to New Orleans area clinicians who are working with victims of Katrina. In addition, he provides trainings in EMDR to public practice, non-profit agencies throughout the United States which has included Camp Lejeune (marine base) in North Carolina. He is a passionate advocate for the development of EMDR within community mental health settings.

He is the auhtor of "EMDR Therapy with Victims of Violence", published by Springer in April of 2018. He specializes in working with the vicitms of violent crimes and survivors of homicide.
Payments Accepted
Check & Cash
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Practice Areas/Issues Treated
 Anger Management
 Anxiety and Panic
 Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
 Body Image Issues
 Caregiver Issues
 Chronic Illness
 Grief and Loss
 Life Transitions
 Marriage & Family Therapy
 Marriage Counseling
 Men's Issues
 Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
 Online / Teletherapy
 Pre and Postpartum Mental Health
 Relationship Issues
 Self-Esteem Issues
 Seniors and Elder Care Issues
 Stress Management
 Trauma and PTSD
 Work and Career Issues
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