A Word About Trauma
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders defines trauma as an event involving exposure to actual or threatened death, serious injury, or sexual violation. The exposed individual must directly experience the event or witness it firsthand, learn that it occurred to a close family member or friend, or experience repeated exposure to details of the event. In contrast, the European psychoanalytic tradition views trauma with a wider scope. Sigmund Freud, Jacques Lacan, and their followers see trauma as a subjective event. Furthermore, they believe that it cannot be processed rationally. Because it has nowhere to fit rationally, the event will recur emotionally, often in response to triggers. Consequentially, from this emotional turmoil springs a host of mental health issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder, addiction, and eating disorders. Solving trauma requires a varied approach that attends to a client’s emotional states and this is where EMDR comes in.
What Is EMDR?
EMDR therapy, or eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy, helps people suffering from trauma. Essentially, it alleviates the mental and emotional distress that comes from trauma. Specifically, a trained therapist uses eye movement to access and release traumatic memories and feelings. As the EMDR Institute website states, “During EMDR therapy the client attends to emotionally disturbing material in brief sequential doses while simultaneously focusing on an external stimulus. Therapist directed lateral eye movements are the most commonly used external stimulus but a variety of other stimuli including hand-tapping and audio stimulation are often used”. This opens the door to a “re-mapping” of the client’s trauma-related thoughts and emotions. Finally, positive thoughts and images replace anxiety and fear. Together, the client and therapist work to heal the mind-body divide and brings things back into balance.
Build a Foundation for Hope
Ocean Recovery understands how difficult and complex it can be to work through traumatic experiences. Our program specifically addresses the many consequences that result from trauma. These include substance abuse, disordered eating, impulsivity, and mood disturbances. Trauma causes a person to subconsciously put up walls that prevent the healing process. Our holistic approach to treatment breaks down those walls. We offer EMDR as well as individual and group counseling, addiction education, nutrition therapy, yoga, and more at our Newport Beach, California facility. If you or someone you love is struggling from trauma-related mental health issues like substance abuse or eating disorders, please consider giving Ocean Recovery a call. Our specialists are standing by to help walk you through the admissions process. Call today and start building a foundation for success.