EMDR and Trauma Therapy

Most people will experience trauma in their lifetime. While most people can recover from trauma, some discover that the effects of trauma are long-lasting. 

Avoidance Symptoms

  • Avoiding specific locations, sights, situations, and sounds that serve as reminders of the event
  • Anxiety, depression, numbness, or guilt

Re-experiencing Symptoms

Intrusive thoughts, nightmares, or flashbacks

Hyperarousal Symptoms

  • Anger, irritability, and hypervigilance
  • Aggressive, reckless behavior, including self-harm
  • Sleep disturbances

Research has proven psychotherapy to be the most effective form of trauma treatment. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) are used in treating trauma.

What is EMDR Therapy?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for treating trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from different treatment approaches.

How does EMDR work?

EMDR therapy is integrative psychotherapy and uses bilateral stimulation to repeatedly activate opposite sides of the brain. Therapists often use eye movements to facilitate bilateral stimulation. These eye movements mimic the period of sleep referred to as rapid eye movement or REM sleep, and this portion of sleep is frequently considered the time when the mind processes the recent events in the person’s life.

EMDR seems to help the brain reprocess the trapped memories so that normal information processing is resumed. For a more detailed explanation, please visit EMDR Institute, Inc.

What does EMDR help?

EMDR had been originally established as helpful for PTSD, although it’s been proven useful for treatment in the following conditions:

Panic Attacks

Complicated Grief

Dissociative Orders

Disturbing Memories


Pain Disorders

Performance Anxiety


Stress Reduction

Sexual and/or Physical Abuse

Body Dysmorphic Disorders

Personality Disorders

Contact me today if you are looking for a Trauma therapy expert for hire in California or Trauma counseling specialist in Los Angeles for a consultation to see if EMDR might help you release feelings that no longer serve you since I might help you with EMDR therapy services in San Francisco, USA. 

I Provide EMDR therapy services in San Francisco, Los Angeles or any where in California via RemoteEMDR app. 

Need Help Finding the Office?