Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy

Karina Santillo, Clinical Director

At Oak Forest Recovery we believe that in order for our clients to sustain long term sobriety and recovery they must address the underlying issues that led them to abuse substances and alcohol. Often times unprocessed trauma can be the culprit. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Therapy is used to address these traumas so that the client can experience significant relief from symptoms of depression, anxiety, PTSD, addiction and panic disorders. EMDR is extensively researched and proven to be an effective psychotherapy to help people recover from trauma and other distressing life experiences.

EMDR employs a body-based technique called bilateral simulation during which a therapist will guide a client through through eye movements, tones, or taps in order to move a memory that has been incorrectly stored to a more functional part of the brain. The American Psychiatric Association, the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs/Dept. of DefenseThe Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, and the World Health Organization among many other national and international organizations recognize EMDR therapy as an effective treatment.