EMDR Treatment

Addict in recovery in an EMDR Therapy session

What is EMDR Treatment?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a comprehensive psychotherapy treatment used to treat trauma. Developed by Francine Shapiro in 1987, EMDR was originally developed to treat symptoms that arose as a result of traumatic memories. It has since been proven to help treat symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety disorders, and panic disorders.

How it Helps With Addiction

Many individuals with a substance addiction have experienced a form of trauma at some point in their lives. The emotions that arise from a traumatic experience or memory could potentially cause a trigger for relapse.

How it Works

Traumatic memories are stored in the right side of the brain. Traditional talk therapy stimulates the left side of the brain, and can keep the individual stuck in the memory. They simply relive the event, experiencing the same emotions they always have.

EMDR utilizes the left and right sides of the brain. The treatment focuses on accessing the memory, assessing the feelings and emotions associated with the memory, and using a form of physical sensation to capture the attention of the patient during the assessment of the memory. This physical sensation may include an auditory tone, tapping of an object, or following the movement of the therapist fingers. The treatment takes the negative emotion stored in the right side of the brain, and allocates it across both the left and right sides of the brain. This helps desensitize the negative symptoms the memory creates.

Why Sandy’s Place?

You will be under the care of one of Southern California’s most highly sought after EMDR specialist during your stay with us. EMDR Treatment is one of many cutting edge treatment options available in our customized treatment plans here at Sandy’s Place.

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