Domestic Violence & Veterans in San Diego CA
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Mental Health and Wellness

Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)

Traumatic experiences can be devastating, both in the moment that they happen and in the aftermath. Sometimes, extreme trauma can be so distressing that the brain cannot process what has happened, which inhibits both normal mental processes and emotional functioning. As a result, some may become perpetually hypervigilant or anxious, even long after the experience occurred.  Some people may even develop or intensify mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression, dissociative disorders and post traumatic stress disorder.

Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is a therapeutic modality that strives to help people who have gone through trauma to heal from those experiences, and thus better manage any resulting mental health disorders. Our EMDR in San Diego helps veterans face and process trauma in a safe, secure way, helping them to identify damaging thought processes. Through this identification, veterans can learn to react to painful memories and emotions in safe, healthy ways.

Wide Application

Although EMDR was originally developed to treat trauma, it has since been used to help treat other mental health disorders, including anxiety disorders and substance abuse. EMDR’s focus on disrupting maladaptive thought patterns and behaviors has been found to be effective in treating all of these mental health disorders, helping veterans to address difficult emotions, develop healthy habits, leading to an increased sense of stability and wholeness.

Therapy in Practice

Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing begins with veterans remembering a traumatic experience. As this happens, trained clinicians will guide veterans through the memory while simultaneously directing their eye movements, which stimulate the brain. Intermittently, the clinician will ask the veteran to talk about how they are currently feeling, both physically and emotionally. Over the course of the therapy, the clinician will help the veteran gradually focus on more productive memories. This mixture of dialogue, memories and eye movements helps veterans 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 veterans’ 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 veterans 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.

Solara’s Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing for Veterans

The goal of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is to help people who have experienced trauma heal from those experiences and to prevent the emergence of mental health disorders as a result. Understanding each veteran’s specific diagnosis is crucial for the treatment, that’s why at Solara Mental Health San Diego our staff of professionals is ready to assist each patient accordingly through a personalized treatment plan.

Solara Mental Health is VA contracted as a community care provider. Once authorized, housing, transportation, and accommodations will be provided.

What Our Clients Say


The Solara program is truly amazing. I’ve never had more clarity or more good energy in my entire life. The attention the physicians and the therapists gave me was outstanding. I feel like they truly understood and addressed my issues, which had consumed my life for years. Thank you all.

R.M. – Father

If not for Solara Mental Health, I am almost positive that our daughter would not be as advanced in her treatment, and would not have the almost miraculous confident and positive outlook that she has.

Watson Family

Solara’s program was such a positive experience for our mom (and for us)! She had become almost impossible to deal with. Your entire staff was phenomenally supportive and kind and patient with her. We feel like we’ve got our mom back, now.


I have never felt better than I do now, since completing your program. The truly caring and supportive staff and the intensive program changed my life. What a neat place to stay for treatment - I love Pacific Beach! I have learned skills and behavior to move forward with my life thanks to you.


The Solara Treatment Program was a life-changing experience for me. To be able to heal in such a beautiful, peaceful environment, with such a terrific treatment team, was so amazingly positive. I have found my true self, again. I thank you and my family thanks you for helping me become the person I was meant to be.

Michelle Family

I want to thank you and the entire staff and support system at Solara for taking such good care of my sister. On behalf of my entire family, we want you all to understand that your patience and kindness stretches further than you can see… Thank you, again and again, from the bottom of my heart.


Even though I’m not religious, I realized when I got sober that for the first time in my life I wanted to explore my spiritual side. I benefited hugely from the individual spiritual sessions that I had with Chris. I’m really grateful for that aspect of the whole treatment experience.


The program has given me the tools I needed to really gain stability. For the first time in years - maybe for as long as I can remember, actually, I’m learning how to cope and manage my stressors and triggers. I now believe that I can find some relief and happiness.

M.P. – Father

Your program provided our daughter with the most masterful therapist we have ever encountered (and we have used many).  She has had an unbelievable ability to see the long-term trajectory of our daughter’s treatment and to approach her treatment in stages that fit where my daughter’s development was.  We can’t say enough positive about her.


We are so grateful to you for the treatment and care you provided our daughter. She is doing unbelievably well now thanks to your program. We will gladly tell anyone we encounter that needs treatment about the wonderful work you do at Solara.


Solara was truly a life-changing experience for me and for our children, because of what you did for my wife! The treatment team was phenomenally supportive and perfect for helping her with her anxiety and depression. We are all now moving forward to put our lives back together and it started with you all in Pacific Beach. Thank you for what you do.


The therapists and counselors and really whole team were extremely beneficial to me and my understanding of my issues. The treatment plan they developed was exactly what I needed