EMDR Therapy
in Los Angeles

Clinically Reviewed by: Monica L. Martocci

Trauma can manifest itself in many different ways, especially through emotional and physical reactions when recalling events from the past. Oftentimes, individuals are unaware that what they are feeling is related to a past traumatic event.

Trauma can affect us in ways such as exhaustion, anxiety, paranoia, panic attacks, digestive issues, or mood swings. 

Research shows that one effective way to treat trauma is through Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing or EMDR therapy in Los Angeles. This process can help you rewire the connection between thoughts and emotions, allowing you to reprocess a traumatic event so you no longer have the same reaction. 

What is EMDR Therapy?

Developed in 1989 by Francine Shapiro, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a form of psychotherapy intended to alleviate distress from traumatic memories. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) often occurs after individuals have been through military combat, severe accidents, or physical/sexual assault.

Unlike other forms of treatment, EMDR uses a patient’s rhythmic eye movement to dull the power of emotionally charged traumatic events.


EMDR therapy, according to a number of clinical studies, is an effective form of therapy. EMDR  offers many benefits for the individual going through treatment.  It can help overcome addiction, manage anxiety without medication, and recover from traumatic experiences. 

EMDR treatment works to reprogram the way you think, replacing negative thoughts and associations with more positive feelings. As a result, the trauma therapy might have more lasting effects. This effective treatment is non-invasive and easy to complete. EMDR therapy may also help with the ability to form better interpersonal relationships while overcoming past traumas.

How Does EMDR Therapy Work?

EMDR works by assisting our brain in reprocessing thoughts that we associate with the traumatic event that we experienced. This involves bilateral stimulation, such as rapid eye movement, tapping, or acoustic sounds.  

Work One-on-One with a Trauma Therapist

At No Matter What, our EMDR therapist will work with you to address which traumatic memories are getting triggered in the present. Together, you’ll isolate and tackle these.

Bridge the Gap Memories and Processing

The first step into overcoming traumatic memories is to work on reprocessing them. Traumatic memories are connected to other memories, so our therapist will work with you to reprocess and find your way back to the traumatic event in a safe space.

Engage Your Memories with Bi-Lateral Stimulation

Bi-lateral stimulation, or BLS for short, is a process that can take a couple different forms, such as pulsars, audio tones, tapping, or guided eye movements. Our therapist will guide you through this step, with the goal being to connect both sides of your brain and change your trauma triggers.

Recover from Your Trauma Triggers

After engaging in BLS, our trauma therapist will help you recover from any lingering triggers that might cause you to reassociate that traumatic memory with other memories again. We’ll help you recover from each traumatic event influencing your present.

EMDR Therapy & Substance Abuse Treatment

EMDR therapy can be an effective treatment option for individuals in substance abuse treatment. Substance abuse, like drugs and alcohol, often stems from underlying trauma, and EMDR therapy can help individuals reprocess traumatic memories and reduce their negative impact on their emotional and physical well-being. By addressing the root cause of addiction, individuals can develop healthier coping mechanisms and reduce the risk of relapse.

Our EMDR Therapy Program at No Matter What Recovery

At No Matter What Recovery, our licensed and trained therapists offer EMDR therapy as part of our individualized treatment plans in all our levels of care. Our program focuses on addressing the root cause of addiction and mental health concerns, including underlying trauma.

We’ll work with you during the admissions process to determine which level of care will suit you best and if trauma is an objective that we’d like to work on together. At No Matter What Recovery, we always want to make sure that we’re addressing trauma and providing trauma-informed care, as we find it’s the cause of many substance abuse problems.

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

Our highest level of care for trauma recovery would be our partial hospitalization program, also known as PHP treatment. Our PHP program involves a patient coming in to our treatment center for 8 or more hours per day, ever day of the week. Outside of residential treatment, it is the highest level of care a person can seek for trauma.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

A step down from our PHP, our intensive outpatient program is our intermediate level of care. Our IOP is meant for patients who need care several days out of the week, but don’t need it every single day. During the times that a patient attends our facility, we’ll work both one-on-one and as a group to overcome their traumatic experiences.

Outpatient Treatment Program

Our outpatient program is our lowest level of care, typically involving a patient only coming in once or twice per week for several hours at a time. During their time with us, a typical patient in our OT will perform individualized trauma-informed care. We’ll also be sure to involve the patient in group activities, such as group therapy and retreats.

Trauma Care with an LGBTQI+ Focus

No Matter What Recovery specializes in providing outpatient treatment to the LGBTQI+ community in the greater Los Angeles area. We pride ourselves on putting the health of individuals who identify as LGBTQI+ (and allies) first and foremost.

We know members of our community struggle with unique situations and past traumas, such as discrimination and marginalization, that can often lead to problems with substance abuse and mental health. We’ve been there before and so we want to help and give back to our community. Our EMDR therapy takes into account a person’s unique background, sexual orientation, and gender identity and ultimately seeks to reduce the negative impact of traumatic memories.

Contact Us for EMDR Therapy in Los Angeles

EMDR therapy might seem a little daunting at first.  Rest assured, this evidence-based trauma treatment can be beneficial for PTSD and traumatic experiences. 

When you work with No Matter What Recovery, you’re receiving treatment tailored to your specific needs.  When it comes to our clients, we understand that no two experiences are the same. For that reason, we take an individualized approach to create treatment plans for every person. Whatever your circumstances, our EMDR therapists and mental health and addiction treatment professionals are here for you.  

Don’t let your trauma be in control any longer. If you or a loved one are struggling with trauma, you can learn more about EMDR therapy in Los Angeles for trauma and PTSD, by contacting us at  (323) 515-1396.

This page has been clinically reviewed by:
 Monica L. Martocci, LMFT
Monica L. Martocci, LMFT

Monica received an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University, a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Colorado, and is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

 Monica L. Martocci, LMFT
Monica L. Martocci, LMFT

Monica received an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University, a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Colorado, and is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist