Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy

EMDR Therapy in San Diego

Experience the nurturing environment of Monima Wellness Center, the foremost provider of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy in San Diego. At Monima, your path to well-being is our primary concern. We deliver specialized EMDR therapy that assists individuals in processing and transcending their traumatic experiences.

Our approach is rooted in evidence-based practices and customized to address the distinctive needs of each woman. With a team of certified professionals, a commitment to compassionate care, and a peaceful setting designed for comfort, we provide the resources and support necessary for effective healing.

What is EMDR?

EMDR, or eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, is a form of psychotherapy that is distinct from traditional talk therapy. It focuses on eye movements or other forms of bilateral stimulation to help the brain reprocess traumatic memories. These rhythmic movements are key to the therapy’s effectiveness, as they are believed to engage the brain’s natural adaptive information processing mechanisms, much like during REM sleep—when the brain organizes and processes experiences.

Structured in an eight-phase model, EMDR targets the full spectrum of traumatic memory, from its roots to how it affects the present and the individual’s future response. The process works to lessen the emotional intensity of memories and transform the negative beliefs that have been linked to them. 

Eight Phases of EMDR

1. History Taking and Treatment Planning

Understanding the client’s past experiences and setting a roadmap for treatment

2. Preparation

Establishing a relationship and explaining the EMDR process to the client.

3. Assessment

Identifying the traumatic event and associated negative beliefs.

4. Desensitization

Processing the memory with bilateral stimulation until it no longer evokes distress.

5. Installation

Reinforcing positive beliefs to replace the negative ones associated with the traumatic memory.

6. Body Scan

Checking for and addressing any residual physical sensations connected to the trauma.

7. Closure

Ensuring the client returns to a state of equilibrium at the end of the session.

8. Reevaluation

Review the client’s progress to inform the next steps in therapy.

Validated by extensive research and clinically effective for a range of mental health issues beyond trauma and PTSD, EMDR at Monima Wellness Center is a transformative approach aimed at enabling clients to develop healthier coping skills and a more adaptive outlook on life.

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The Science Behind EMDR

EMDR therapy is grounded in the adaptive information processing (AIP) model, which posits that psychological health depends on the adaptive processing of life experiences. Distress occurs when an experience is so overwhelming it becomes frozen in time, with the original pictorial, auditory, kinesthetic, and emotional responses intact. This prevents the natural healing process and can lead to negative beliefs and emotional responses when the memory is triggered. EMDR therapy’s aim is to jumpstart the frozen or blocked information processing system. The bilateral stimulation—be it through eye movements, taps, or tones—used in EMDR is believed to stimulate the same psychological state that occurs during REM sleep, a time when the mind is thought to organize and integrate memories naturally.

By recreating this state, EMDR allows for the “unfreezing” of the memory processing system, enabling the brain to metabolize the stuck memories, reducing their power and the distress they cause. This reprocessing can change how the traumatic memories are stored in the brain, thus reducing and often eliminating the problematic symptoms. The outcome is akin to what happens during dream sleep, but it occurs while the individual is awake and conscious, which allows for the traumatic memory to be transformed into a narrative that no longer disrupts the individual’s present life. This process not only alleviates symptoms but also fosters an environment for positive beliefs to emerge, enhancing overall emotional health.

EMDR therapy is founded on the principle that emotional well-being is intrinsically linked with the brain’s information processing systems. Our certified therapists at Monima Wellness utilize EMDR to help reprocess traumatic memories, allowing for a reduction in their lingering effects.

Benefits of EMDR at Monima Wellness in San Diego

Opting for EMDR therapy brings numerous advantages, particularly in the hands of the skilled practitioners at Monima Wellness. This therapeutic approach is personalized, considering each individual’s distinctive experiences and healing paths. Clients who engage in EMDR therapy often report significant improvements in how they handle life’s stresses, with a marked decrease in anxiety levels. Reducing emotional distress typically leads to enhanced personal equilibrium and well-being. It can help manage symptoms and foster a more profound sense of resilience that clients carry into their daily lives.

EMDR therapy at Monima Wellness is tailored to empower clients, helping them to reconnect with their strengths and capabilities. The therapy aims to provide more than temporary relief, striving instead to facilitate a transformational change in clients’ lives. As such, many find that following their EMDR sessions, they experience an increased sense of control and optimism. The treatment goes beyond coping strategies to promote a comprehensive, positive reorientation of one’s mental state, contributing to an improved quality of life and a renewed ability to engage with the world in a more positive and adaptive manner.

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Why Choose Monima Wellness for EMDR San Diego?

At Monima Wellness, our commitment to personalized care is central to our philosophy, recognizing that each client brings a unique story and set of needs to the therapy room. This individualized care is woven into the fabric of our treatment plans, ensuring that every aspect of your journey with us is geared toward meaningful and lasting healing. 

Experienced and Compassionate Therapists

Our team is comprised of professionals who are not just well-versed in the technicalities of EMDR but are also sensitive to the emotional nuances of each person’s experience. They engage with a deep sense of understanding and a commitment to provide unwavering support as you navigate the complexities of recovery.

A Tailored EMDR Experience

We see each session as a step on your unique path to wellness and tailor every aspect of our EMDR therapy to align with your personal healing goals and timelines. Your EMDR experience with us is not a one-size-fits-all solution but a customized journey carefully mapped to meet you where you are.

State-of-the-Art Facilities

Monima Wellness offers a setting that reflects our dedication to your comfort and well-being, featuring facilities designed to foster a sense of calm and focus, essential for the work of EMDR. Every detail of our space has been thoughtfully curated to enhance your sense of safety and facilitate healing.

A Holistic Approach to Your Wellbeing

Beyond the EMDR sessions, we incorporate complementary therapeutic practices, supporting the broader spectrum of your health and well-being. Our holistic perspective ensures that the healing process addresses not just the mind but also the body and spirit, integrating the benefits of EMDR into all areas of your life.

Choosing EMDR at Monima Wellness means experiencing a personalized therapy approach that acknowledges your unique healing journey. Our clients often report improvements in their ability to manage stress, reduced anxiety levels, and an overall sense of peace and well-being. 

Ready to begin your journey?

If you or someone you know is experiencing distress due to traumatic memories, contact Monima Wellness today to take the next step toward healing. 

What to Expect During an EMDR Session at Monima Wellness

When you come to Monima Wellness for an EMDR session, we take the time to ensure you understand each facet of the process, breaking down how EMDR will work for you. As part of our outpatient services, including intensive outpatient (IOP) and partial hospitalization programs (PHP), our structured sessions are designed to fit into your life, supporting your journey without requiring an inpatient stay.

Preparing for Your Session

Ahead of your first EMDR session, our team equips you with comprehensive preparatory materials, allowing for a smooth transition into therapy at our outpatient facility. This preparation is key to integrating therapy into your daily life, ensuring you can continue your routine while embarking on a path to wellness.

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During Your Session

In the comfort of our outpatient setting, we employ bilateral stimulation, a hallmark of EMDR, to facilitate your brain’s intrinsic healing process within a session structure that complements the intensity and support level of our IOP and PHP frameworks. The tranquil environment is meticulously designed to maintain a balance between clinical efficacy and personal comfort, respecting the outpatient nature of your care.

Follow-Up Care and Support

Our comprehensive approach extends beyond the therapy session itself, providing robust follow-up support as a standard component of your care. This follow-up is tailored to meet the intensity of the IOP and PHP models, ensuring continuity of care and support that aligns with your treatment plan.

Start EMDR at Monima Wellness Center in San Diego, CA

At Monima Wellness Center, we believe in your strength and ability to heal. EMDR therapy is a powerful tool on this journey, and we are honored to support you every step of the way. For more details on our services or to speak with one of our therapists, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at 858-500-1542. We are here to answer any questions you may have.

Remember, healing is a journey, not a destination. Let Monima Wellness be your partner on this path to recovery. 

Contact Us

Take the first step toward healing from trauma. Contact Monima Wellness Center today to start your journey.


Monima Wellness Center’s EMDR therapy stands out due to our integrative model that combines the therapy with our intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization services, ensuring a continuum of care that addresses the complexities of each individual’s circumstances.

Our therapists will thoroughly assess your history and current needs to ensure that EMDR therapy aligns with your therapeutic goals and can be effectively integrated into your treatment plan.

The length of EMDR sessions at Monima Wellness varies, and the duration can be adjusted to fit into the structured schedules of our outpatient and partial hospitalization programs, offering flexibility to meet your needs.

Absolutely, our therapists specialize in creating a personalized care plan that often includes EMDR as a complementary approach alongside other evidence-based therapies, enhancing the holistic impact on your mental health and wellness.

To begin your EMDR journey with us, simply reach out through a phone call at 858-500-1542 or by filling out this form on our website. We’re here to guide you with the utmost care from your first interaction with our center.