Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing empowers clients to safely confront and overcome past trauma.

Orange County EMDR for Trauma Treatment

The after effects of trauma can be debilitating, hindering a person’s ability to function in daily life. However, it’s possible to overcome symptoms. PACE Recovery’s team of therapists utilizes Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR), a nontraditional form of psychotherapy designed to eliminate negative emotions associated with memories of traumatic events.

Unlike most forms of talk therapy that focus on overcoming trauma, EMDR deals with the symptoms and emotions that stem from the trauma, and it doesn’t require the client to go into detail. The therapist structures a discussion surrounding the negative beliefs, thoughts and feelings resulting from trauma that the client is still experiencing, identifies which beliefs are still relevant, and helps the client replace those negative beliefs with more positive behaviors.

The therapist then uses a hand motion technique similar to hypnosis that guides the client’s eye movements from side to side as they recall the memory of a traumatic event, rewiring the brain’s connection between trauma and negative emotions and beliefs. It allows to client to fully process the negative emotions and reach an understanding that holding on to these beliefs is of no use.

What to Expect in EMDR Therapy

Eventually, the client will reach a point where they can discuss memories of a painful or traumatic event without experiencing the negative emotions that were once associated with it. EMDR therapy is an eight-part process:

Southern California’s Experts in Trauma & Addiction Recovery Since 2012

Treatment is just one part of the lifelong recovery journey, so it’s imperative that you know how to manage stress and deal with unpleasant emotions that can trigger a relapse. At PACE Recovery, our team of expert clinicians can help you or someone you care about safely reprocess trauma, overcome addiction and recreate the life you’ve always wanted. Contact an admissions counselor for more information about our programs.