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  A Path to Change Counseling

Michael Gilman, LMHC

Certified EMDR Therapist & Addictions Professional

Specializing in Complex Trauma, PTSD, Substance Use, Addictive Behaviors, and Performance Enhancement.

Office in Orlando (Dr. Phillips), and Clermont (Four Corners) and serving all of Florida through a secure, Telehealth online connection.

My commitment to your mental health

Individual experiences create memories that accumulate over our lifetime. After a traumatic experience, memories can cause negative emotions and uncomfortable body sensations.

I’ll guide you back to emotional peace and equip you to forge healthy paths on your life journey.

Dysfunctional memories, negative emotions, and difficult body sensations can make everyday life difficult.  I am here to help you process trauma and move forward.

– Michael Gilman, LMHC

 Hello, I’m Michael Gilman, LMHC, CAP

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Certified Addictions Professional, Certified EMDR Therapist.


I provide individual therapy for those ages eighteen and older experiencing complex trauma, post traumatic stress disorder, drug and alcohol addiction, and pornography and other addictive behaviors.

I have extensive experience working with first responders and veterans and also specialize working with athletes, musicians, and actors experiencing a need to improve their performance. My primary treatment practice is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR).

My personal mantra has always been, “we are human, and do not have a manual to navigate through life.” I offer a safe place that is objective and judgment free to assist you on your journey.

Michael Gilman, LMHC

Restore Emotional Balance with EMDR Therapy

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A single trauma can drive a destructive path of fear.

When our brains process traumatic events we are often left with unhealthy feelings, thoughts, and behaviors that can surface months, or years, after the event.

A common misconception is that anyone can naturally overcome difficult emotions with the passage of time. When it comes to trauma, the brain often needs help moving emotions through the natural recovery process.

EMDR therapy allows us to get help processing these dysfunctional memories. A certified EMDR Therapist can help change how we think and feel about past events. We will find the root cause of your troubles and process new beliefs that will no longer trigger negative feelings.


We start with a target memory by bringing it into the conscious mind. 


Once the event is in focus, we work on desensitizing negative thoughts surrounding the memory.


Finally, reprocessing installs the behaviors and feelings you desire.

What to Expect in an EMDR Session

Not A Lot of Talking

If you are not comfortable talking about your feelings or details of the past, EMDR is a great way to process emotional pain without sharing too much. I’ll help find your target memories, but the work is done in your head, by you, and your thoughts.

It Might Get Uncomfortable

During Desensitization you will be asked to focus on a disturbing memory.  I will guide you through bilateral eye movements at the same time.  Reprocessing disturbing memories in this manner will result in a new and healthier recall of the event.

Proven Relief

Research proves that EMDR provides relief and assists in reaching a healthier emotional state faster than other psychotherapies. With each session as the memory becomes more distant, you will notice a positive change.

Before EMDR

  • Unresolved Trauma
  • Anxiety & Depression
  • Low Self-esteem
  • Isolation & Detachment
  • Complex trauma & PTSD

After EMDR

  • Improved Physical Health
  • Improved Relationships
  • Self-esteem & Confidence
  • Improved Memory & Focus
  • Performance Enhancement
  • Acceptance & Closure
  • Ability to Move Forward

Let go of the past & move forward with a new outlook for the future.

All Are Welcome

It is my priority to be empathetic to your worldview.

EMDR is a safe and effective treatment for all ages, genders, sexual orientations, and races.

More Joy In Addiction Recovery

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Addiction masks pain from trauma.

Addictive behaviors like drug and alcohol addiction, gambling, sex addiction, pornography use, excessive use of the internet, compulsive shopping, eating, excessive video game use, and other risky behaviors are ways people attempt to mask the pain from the trauma that has occurred.

People do not suddenly decide to engage in addictive behaviors. Physical and emotional pain affects the brain as it seeks a way to feel better.

EMDR can reprocess the dysfunctional memories, and once re-processed in a healthy way, the negative behavior may stop. 

Certified Addiction Professional

My primary expertise is addiction counseling. EMDR helps my clients get past addiction and gives them a better chance at a successful recovery.

“I’m thankful for my struggle because without it I wouldn’t have stumbled across my strength”

– Alex Elle