Mental Health Services

DVCC provides free trauma-focused therapeutic services for individuals who have been impacted by interpersonal violence and abuse.  The mental health team is comprised of certified trauma-informed professionals who provide both individual and group therapeutic services. Through individual counseling, children and adults are educated about the effects of abuse and post-trauma symptoms while learning about ways to heal, coping skills, and emotional regulation. The team primarily uses cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), TF-CBT, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and EMDR to help clients develop new skills and process trauma.  

Please call 701-852-2258 for further information.

EMDR Therapy (or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy) is an integrative therapy that helps people heal from traumatic events as well as, life disturbing experiences. Discovered by Dr. Francine Shapiro, EMDR Therapy has gotten worldwide attention for helping millions of people heal from PTSD (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder) caused by traumatic events, such as; rape, sexual abuse, auto accidents, and combat. EMDR Therapy can also help people who feel distress in their lives to heal and feel more whole after events that have been disturbing such as; divorce, life transitions, grief, anxiety, and much more.

When people are experiencing distress in their lives and can’t find a way to fix it on their own they end up coming in for EMDR Therapy. Sometimes events happen in a person’s life and he/she struggles to find a way to integrate that incident. That event can become an unprocessed memory and get stored in the brain creating symptoms that are uncomfortable. Physical sensations, emotions, thoughts, and images associated with the event can get locked into the brain, and without treatment, may lead to distressing symptoms and behaviors.

EMDR Therapy is designed to help a person identify and process these stuck pieces so that the symptoms can decrease and one can feel more alive and less distressed. EMDR Therapy helps facilitate the activation of the brain’s inherent system to process and integrate the information that got stored or stuck. EMDR Therapy will not erase the memory; rather you will be able to remember the story without all the emotional charge that was distressing before the treatment.