EMDR Specialist

A Place To Turn, Inc

Mental Health Practice located in Westlake Village, CA

Eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR) is an effective approach that can help you overcome trauma of the past, so your future looks brighter. At A Place to Turn, Inc., Cheri McDonald, PhD, LMFT, and the team offer EMDR sessions on-site to help you reprocess past traumas, so they no longer affect how you feel, think, or act. To find out how you can benefit from EMDR therapy, call the office in Westlake Village, California, today or book a consultation online.


What is EMDR?

Eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR) is an interactive psychotherapy technique that can effectively treat the consequences of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

PTSD is a mental condition that can develop after enduring physical trauma or witnessing a tragic event. The disorder can lead to sudden flashbacks of the trauma or event, chronic anxiety, and depression.

The goal of EMDR is to help you access traumatic memories and life experiences in a safe space to reduce your psychological reaction.

What can I expect during an EMDR session?

During your initial EMDR session, Dr. Cheri and the team discuss what happens during your appointment. They make sure you’re comfortable before moving forward.

As part of your therapy, Dr. Cheri stimulates your senses to help you overcome psychological stress and trauma. She guides you through traumatic memories, so you can focus on a specific event that affects you negatively.

Dr. Cheri then asks you to begin a set of side-to-side eye movements while you focus on the trauma. She may also use a series of sounds or taps. These eye movements and the stimulation of your senses helps your brain reprocess the trauma.

Throughout your sessions, you can expect to discuss what you were thinking and feeling. As you work through your session, your beliefs and mental images about the traumatic event can begin changing. Progressing through EMDR sessions can help the trauma feel less disturbing to you over time.

How many EMDR sessions will I need?

To help you achieve the best outcome for your treatments, Dr. Cheri and the team may recommend a series of eight sessions that last 60-90 minutes.

The team monitors your progress with EMDR and can adjust your treatment accordingly. They may recommend psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and other treatments in addition to your EMDR sessions. 

They also provide comprehensive, compassionate support as you address the distressing memories of past trauma. They focus on your needs throughout your treatment, so you can feel more confident in yourself and your future.

To find out if you’re a candidate for EMDR, call A Place to Turn, Inc. today to schedule a consultation, or book an appointment online.