There are many different mental health treatment options out there. What treatment options are right for someone can depend on a variety of factors, including their diagnoses, history, and preferences. With so many different treatment options, some of them slip through the cracks of public knowledge. One of the lesser-known but incredibly effective options is eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR).
All About EMDR
Traumatic events in the past can still impact people long after they occur. Everyone responds to trauma differently and it can be difficult to know what areas of someone’s life will be impacted by such events. For those who have experienced trauma and are seeking relief, consider EMDR.
EMDR helps individuals address past events and change the way they think about them. This form of therapy will not change the past, but it can help individuals reframe it so that memories aren’t as triggering or distressing as they currently are.
EMDR relies on bilateral stimulation facilitated by a therapist. This type of therapy is done through multiple sessions. It’s important that a good therapeutic relationship has been established so that there’s a basis of trust and understanding. As a treatment option created specifically with trauma in mind, EMDR has proven very effective in helping people recover from traumatic experiences.
At Avalon Malibu, we utilize EMDR in a variety of ways. Because everyone has a unique mental health journey, some individuals are better candidates for EMDR than others. By taking advantage of the benefits of EMDR, individuals can reflect on the past in a productive, less triggering way. This can impact multiple areas of their life and help them identify things to work on.
One of the most common applications of this technique is in addiction treatment. Substance abuse often comes about as an attempt to cope with trauma. EMDR can help individuals work through events that may have led them to substance use. By working through negative events, individuals can manage their addiction and recover from trauma as they heal their damaged neural pathways.
EMDR is a treatment option that’s not very well known, but it is highly effective and beneficial. If you’re interested in exploring your options and figuring out if EMDR could be right for you, give us a call at (844) 857-5992. We’d love to tell you more about the services we provide and help you figure out what path is right for you. It’s never too late to start working through trauma and taking care of your mental health, so reach out to us today.