Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing begins with clients remembering a traumatic experience. As this happens, trained clinicians will guide clients through the memory while simultaneously directing their eye movements, which stimulate the brain. Intermittently, the clinician will ask the client to talk about how they are currently feeling, both physically and emotionally. Over the course of the therapy, the clinician will help the client gradually focus on more productive memories. This mixture of dialogue, memories and eye movements helps clients to gradually desensitize themselves to overwhelmingly painful feelings brought on by trauma, safely process their experiences, recognize triggers, and manage both physical and emotional symptoms in a way that promotes lasting healing.
Our mental health treatment program integrates EMDR into clients’ individualized treatment plans on a case-by-case basis, using the therapy if and when it will be most effective. Working in conjunction with other therapeutic modalities, EMDR can enhance quality treatment, helping clients gain the necessary skills to build a secure, rich, and healthy life.
For more information about eye movement desensitization reprocessing, or about other treatments offered at Solara Mental Health, please contact us.