EMDR Therapy
for Trauma

Helping you overcome the effects of trauma and negative experiences in a way that makes you feel safe, secure, and supported.

Serving Tustin, Irvine, Orange and across California.




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When Your World Doesn’t Feel Safe

The burden of past experiences can make you feel stuck. When your mind can’t move beyond these moments or memories, EMDR therapy can help your brain process your experiences differently.

EMDR Therapy can help you

find solid ground.

If you are struggling with:

We are here to help you get relief from the emotions and memories that are holding you back.

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What is EMDR Therapy?

EMDR therapy is a structured treatment that helps your mind reprocess and reduce the impact of distressing memories and physiological responses to past traumatic experiences.

During EMDR, we take you through guided eye movements and other forms of bilateral stimulation (e.g., tapping or tones) while you recall the traumatic event or negative thoughts for which you are seeking support. These bilateral eye movements help your brain process how your nervous system reacts to distressing memories, leading to a more cohesive and less distressing recall of traumatic events, helping you regain a sense of control.

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Who is EMDR Therapy for?

EMDR therapy can help people who suffer from PTSD manage symptoms like flashbacks, nightmares, and severe anxiety stemming from traumatic events.

Whether it’s physical, emotional, or sexual abuse, EMDR can help people process these painful experiences.

EMDR is effective for people who are exposed to traumatic events in their line of duty, such as military personnel, police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical staff.

People who have been through life-threatening or highly traumatic events like car accidents, earthquakes, or floods can find relief from EMDR.

For those whose mental health conditions are significantly impacted by past trauma, EMDR can offer relief by addressing the root cause.

EMDR is used to treat adults who experienced traumatic events in their childhood, which may be affecting their current life.

It’s also suitable for individuals who might not have PTSD but are struggling with distressing memories and their impact.

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What are the benefits of EMDR Therapy?

Recover from Trauma

Trauma often resides not just in the mind but also in the body and nervous system. Unlike ordinary memories processed by the cognitive (thinking) part of the brain, traumatic memories can get trapped in the body’s physical and emotional responses. EMDR therapy addresses this disconnect by helping to bridge the gap between the mind and the body’s stored trauma, allowing them to be integrated more healthily, so you can be more present and engaged in your life without the constant shadow of past trauma.

Shift Your Memory

Traumatic memories can stick with us in a way that regular memories don’t, making us feel and react in ways we don’t expect, because they’re stored differently in our brain and body. EMDR therapy helps by changing how these memories affect us, shifting them so they aren’t as distressing. Over time, treatment works to rewire the memory pathways in your brain, leading to sharper cognitive function, and even more restful sleep!

Improve Your Self-Esteem

Trauma can leave you with feelings of low self-worth or negative beliefs, influencing how you see yourself in day-to-day life. Working through the EMDR process helps you view your past experiences differently, leading to a newfound sense of confidence. EMDR doesn’t just help you move past trauma; by replacing limiting beliefs with more positive ones, it helps rebuild the way you see and value yourself, empowering you to live with a renewed sense of self-assurance and positivity.

Can Produce Faster Results

EMDR therapy works directly on the memories that are keeping you stuck, helping to change the way your mind processes them more effectively. In talk therapy, it can take a long time to talk through and understand past events, but EMDR gets to the heart of the problem faster, with many people noticing that they start feeling better after just a few sessions.

A More Peaceful Option Than Talk Therapy

If the thought of opening up to a therapist makes you nervous, EMDR therapy may be a good option because it focuses more on healing and less on verbalizing distressing details and memories. It offers a unique approach that many find to be a calmer, more serene alternative to traditional talk therapy because it engages the brain in a way that can gently unravel and reprocess traumatic memories, providing relief without the stress of trying to find the right words. EMDR respects your healing process, allowing it to unfold in a way that feels comfortable to you.
Susie Ibrahim Licensed Marriage Family Therapist and Founder of Nurturing Connections Counseling California

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Why Choose NCC?


Navigating personal struggles or looking to bridge gaps within your family or partnership? Nurturing Connections Counseling provides space to explore, understand, and heal from challenges you’re facing.

We offer therapy that is:

Therapy is as individual as the people it serves.

It has the power to transform lives by restoring the joy and connection you need.


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How EMDR Therapy Works

EMDR therapy is an 8-step process. Working through it can bring up lots of emotions, and we will work through each stage at a pace that is comfortable for you, helping you feel safe and supported every step of the way.


We start by understanding your experiences and identifying the target memories for processing.


We will help you develop a variety of grounding strategies to cope with emotional distress during and in between sessions.


We identify the specific memory to focus on during the session.


We use techniques such as bilateral eye movements, tapping, and audio tones to help process memories and alleviate physiological symptoms.


Continuing with the series of techniques, we work on replacing any distress with a desired positive belief.


We'll check for any residual bodily sensations linked with the traumatic memory and process any lingering distress.


After each session, we use the strategies determined in the preparation stage to help you feel calm and grounded.


At the beginning of each session, we take the time to assess your progress and determine the other memories, if any, to focus on.

You’re in the right place.

Questions About EMDR Therapy

Have another question?

EMDR therapy helps by changing how your brain deals with traumatic memories by using eye movements or other techniques to lessen their emotional impact and reduce feelings of fear, anxiety, or sadness linked to trauma. It’s especially helpful for those with PTSD, helping them recall traumatic events without reliving the intense emotions.
In a typical EMDR session, you’ll focus on a specific traumatic memory while following your therapist’s guided hand movements with your eyes. This process is combined with recalling parts of the memory – adjusting how you feel about it and reducing the memory’s impact. EMDR follows a structured process but is adapted to your comfort level.
While EMDR does involve focusing on traumatic memories, it doesn’t require detailed discussion as in traditional talk therapy. You’ll be asked to recall these memories, but extensive discussion isn’t always necessary. The focus is more on shifting memories from a painful “raw” experience to a more manageable, processed state where they no longer have the same intense emotional power over you.
Therapy, including EMDR, can significantly reduce the effects of trauma, but it may not completely eliminate them. It can help you manage symptoms, change how you react to memories, and make traumatic memories more manageable and less disruptive to your daily life.
Progress in EMDR therapy can vary, though it has been shown to produce quicker results than talk therapy alone. Some people notice changes within a few sessions, while others may take longer. We will walk through it together one step at a time, at a pace that feels comfortable to you.
While EMDR therapy is a safe process, it can be emotionally intense and tiring. Strong emotions or vivid dreams after sessions are considered normal reactions as part of the healing process. We will always work at your pace and comfort level, so don’t hesitate to let us know if you need to slow down or adjust the process at any time.

Have another question?

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Positive Outcomes of EMDR Therapy

You’re not healing to be able to handle the trauma,

You’re healing to be able to handle joy.

We could all use a hand

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