What is EMDR Treatment?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a comprehensive psychotherapy method developed as a means to treat the symptoms that result after a traumatic experience. It has been found to be beneficial for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), panic disorders, and anxiety disorders. EMDR reduces the long-term effects of stress-inducing memories by creating a new method of coping with the situation.
How it Helps With Addiction
Substance addiction can be brought on by many reasons. For many individuals, a traumatic experience may lead them towards substance use as a means to cope with the underlying issue. EMDR treatment provides individuals with a more positive means of coping with their feelings and experience that could otherwise trigger relapse and impede sobriety.
How it Works
When a person experiences trauma, these memories are stored on the right side of the brain. However, traditional talk therapy only stimulates the left side of the brain, preventing the individual from progressing past the memory. EMDR utilizes both the left and the right sides of the brain. This treatment method focuses on evaluating the original memory and assessing the emotions associated with the memory of the traumatic event. By tapping of an object, the following of movement in the therapist’s fingers, or an auditory tone, the process reallocates the memory to both the right and left sides of the brain so that the negative emotion is no longer stored strictly on the right side.
Why The Center?
At The Center, we always strive to offer the latest in treatment and guidance. We provide access to the foremost leader in EMDR treatment in southern California, Dr. Christine McIlwain. We offer many cutting edge treatment options to better treat your needs. These options, including EMDR, allow us to create a customized treatment plan to optimize results.