EMDR Therapy in San Diego

Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy at MHC San Diego produces fast, positive results against some of the most debilitating mental health conditions. 

EMDR therapy helps clients rewire their thoughts that are based on a past traumatic experiences. Our program is especially effective at reducing the severe nature of the symptoms that develop because of PTSD.

Active participation of people that enroll in our program help manage stress factors and triggers before they grow into major mental health issues. Victims of violent crimes, as well as military veterans and law enforcement officers, etc report the relief from triggering events and stress to help keep symptoms to manageable levels.

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What is EMDR Therapy?

The psychological principle behind eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy is reducing the likelihood of a sound, smell, sight, or group of words triggering the negative emotions that are associated with a past traumatic event. Adequately credentialed mental health professionals use EMDR to change how a client stores memories in the brain.

Initially created to treat the most impactful trauma cases, EMDR also mitigates the symptoms produced by other types of mental health conditions that are linked to past traumatic events. EMDR therapy emerged as a viable type of psychotherapy for military veterans that returned home after combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

Most of the licensed and certified practitioners of EMDR consider the therapy to represent a nontraditional type of psychotherapy.

Renowned organizations such as the American Psychological Association and the National Alliance on Mental Illness endorse EMDR as an effective mental health strategy that treats the most serious mental health disorders.

EMDR therapy in San Diego

What is EMDR Therapy Used to Treat?

The original intent of implementing EMDR techniques was to help patients living with overwhelmingly severe traumatic memories was to control the negative thoughts that diminished the quality of their lives. EMDR has emerged as one of the most common types of psychotherapy used to treat victims of PTSD, which includes military veterans, law enforcement officers, and the victims of violent crime.

Refinements made in the implementation of EMDR therapy have expanded the treatment method to help clients cope with serious mental health issues such as depression, acute anxiety, and panic attacks. A review conducted in 2017 by the United States federal government suggests eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy might positively impact patients who suffer from sleep and eating disorders too. EMDR seems to represent a safe type of mental health tool to treat other types of conditions as well, but additional research is required to validate the initial findings.

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What to Expect with EMDR Therapy

EMDR therapy involves completing eight phases of treatment that require patients to participate in several sessions. Before you start the EMDR therapy process at MHC San Diego, your therapist will discuss each step with you in detail.

The Benefits of EMDR Therapy

EMDR therapy emerged as a viable type of psychotherapy for military veterans that returned home after combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.

As an extensively researched therapeutic technique used to mitigate psychological stress, eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR) helps patients recover from life-altering mental health conditions such as acute anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Getting Started with EMDR Therapy in San Diego

MHC San Diego EMDR therapists are trained to use EMDR to treat the symptoms that develop because of post-traumatic stress disorder and also specialize in treating other types of mental health conditions, such as eating and sleep disorders. The Mental Health Center of San Diego will connect you with an EMDR clinician who also specializes in the treatment of your specific mental health symptoms.

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