what is EMDR

What is EMDR and how is it going to be useful to me?

A growing body of evidence is showing that many psychological conditions, including depression, often start with a stressful or traumatic experience.  We are finding that EMDR Therapy with a Certified EMDR therapist can help significantly with symptoms of PTSD, phobias, depression, anxiety, panic, early and complex adverse experiences in childhood, and much more.  It also has a strong track record for performance enhancement in a wide variety of fields — school, work, business, sales, sports, the arts, and that Most Popular Fear of All Time: public speaking.

What is EMDR and Low Energy Neurofeedback System?

EMDR is a treatment, a therapy, that brings desired results in just a few sessions –with very little talking, without the use of drugs, without the use of “homework” between sessions– a treatment that is mainly used to cure PTSD or stress disorder –that array of negative feelings of body and mind that plagues and ruins the lives of many soldiers, rape victims, molested children, catastrophe’s survivors and other people who’ve suffered an important shock or trauma in their lives. This PSTD is somehow well known nowadays but for the longest time it was overlooked and for the longest time it was treated without much success or not at all. And still today many people don’t know of its existence or fail to recognize it in themselves or in their loved ones and are thus unable to seek help for it, let alone take advantage of a cure so incredibly simple and effective as EMDR.

Francine Shapiro happened to notice that when she was disturbed by something she would start feeling better if she moved her eyes. That’s how it all started. She created since then a whole, complex technique that has been adopted by many responsive therapists that, understanding the importance of her discovery and having in mind only the well-being of their patients, have added it to their practice even though by doing it they were acting against the orthodoxy of their own discipline. Although the uses of EMDR to address negative feelings and beliefs are well known, its use in the treatment of addictions and compulsions is far less known and studied and relatively new. Although there are ways of targeting irrational positive effect via EMDR until more recently, there seems not to have been an explanation of why someone might keep going back to the same behavior, over and over, even when the person knows that it is hurting them or others in their life. EMDR is approved as an effective treatment for PTSD by the respected American Psychological Association, American Psychiatric Association, the Veteran’s Administration and almost all insurance companies. Learn more about transformational Trauma Therapies.

There are multiple things that LENS Neurofeedback can target and help improve. It is important to note that LENS Neurofeedback is not a specific treatment for anyone disorder but is an adjunct to mainstream medicine and not meant to replace it.

DeTUR™ : An Urge Reduction Protocol in Dealing with Addictions and Dysfunctional Behavior utilized in many military programs.

This protocol has been used effectively by EMDR therapists over the years in dealing with a wide range of addictions and behaviors, including substances, eating, gambling, sex, etc.. This presentation will consist of, didactic, visuals, demonstrations of the various phases with case examples from the author and other therapists. and case examples. Also addressed will be some of the many different pitfalls in dealing with this population and methods to deal with the problems.


DeTUR (Desensitization of Triggers and Urge Reprocessing) is an urge reduction protocol used as the nucleus of an overall methodology in the treatment of a wide range of chemical addictions and dysfunctional behaviors. This method was developed and refined by the author by the author through actual client interaction and feedback from other EMDR trained therapists using the same protocol. It was initially introduced as a “stop smoking” protocol at the 1st EMDR conference in 1992.

This eclectic addiction treatment method is trauma based, combining client internal resources with external support including the 12 step model and other known and proven treatment methods as cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused, Erickson, thought field therapy, Satire, neuro-linguistic programming, etc.. The basis or foundation is the accelerated information processing using bi-lateral processing as outlined in EMDR to uncover and process the base trauma(s) or core issues as the underlying cause behind the addiction.

Though somewhat similar to the phases of EMDR, using history, assessment, diagnosis, and preparation of the client. DeTUR targets the triggers that bring up the uncomfortable feelings leading to the urges.  DeTUR phases also include client empowerment through resource accessing, installation of positive treatment goals, identification and desensitization of triggers, and techniques of relapse prevention. The purpose of the protocol is to uncover the core traumas and reprocess them through to completion. In achieving reprocessing the triggers no longer stimulate the need to use or act out and the new response becomes the positive treatment goal of coping and functioning successfully in life as determined by the client.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will learn the use of the DeTUR protocol through demonstrations, including:
  • Rapid techniques to aid clients in accessing their own inner resources.
  • Differences between positive goal (PG) and positive state (PS).
  • How to identify triggers
  • Methods to elicit positive goal.
  • How to anchoring the positive state into client’s philosophy.
  • How to segue from the DeTUR protocol to the EMDR model.
  • Techniques to aid client in handling relapse


Drew Edmund Psychiatric Center bring together high-level professionals  providing uniquely advanced and cutting-edge treatment approaches. We strive to find a healthy mixture of treatment options with the lowest level of medications needed for stability. We are one of the few honored facilities that have received a three year international CARF accreditation. Meeting this standard insures that our patients will receive the very best treatment and that our facilities go above and beyond industry standards in providing services.  Drew Edmund Psychiatric Center are internationally recognized sub-acute residential treatment centers in So. California. We offer serious treatment for mental health issues, addiction, trauma, mood and  anxiety disorders.  We are staffed with a diverse team of psychiatrists, psychologists, and therapists who work together to help each patient move forward within a caring community. We design individualized treatment plans and apply a holistic approach in a world-class healing environment with your goals in mind.

Drew Edmund Psychiatric Center is a Mental Health Treatment Center located in Southern California.  We providing residential treatment, partial hospitalization programming and intensive out-patient  treatment as well as long term care options.  These treatment options allow a full spectrum of step-down services, making it unnecessary to search elsewhere for on-going treatment.  We tailor each patient’s  treatment specific to their individual needs. We work hard to not “over-program” and not “over-medicate” our residents. A typical days’ schedule includes: Activities of daily living (showering, dental hygiene, clean clothing, etc), group therapy with diverse topics and modalities including:  CBT, DBT or ACT Tools,  Addictive Personalities Group, Process Groups, Expressive Art, yoga, meditation as well as numerous educational groups.  Patients meet with our psychiatrist and their individual therapist as scheduled.  Therapy is broken up during the day with activities such as fitness, swimming, competitive sports, sculpting, equine therapy and kayaking.  Patients are involved in meal planning and prep as well. If they are able, we encourage patients to continue perusing educational goals and employment options while in treatment . 

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Short term residential treatment for mental illness

Short term treatment typically lasts between one and three months. Patients best suited for short term treatment often come to Drew Edmund Psychiatric Centers from a hospital environment, another treatment center or an unsuccessful living environment seeking stabilization, reduction of problematic symptoms, and continuum of 24-hour care in a structured, nurturing home environment. Patients transitioning from a crisis situation may also be ideal candidates for short term care at Drew Edmund Psychiatrics Centers Inc.


Long term residential treatment for mental illness

Drew Edmund Psychiatric Centers also provide long term residential treatment for those patients in need of an extended continuum of care. With long term residential care, patients learn to further develop successful activities of daily living. These include daily activities such as personal hygiene practices, budgeting skills, job skills and career development, time management, appropriate socialization skills, interpersonal relationship development, emotional stabilization and the ability to form realistic, long-term goals. Residents who require additional time to stabilize on their medications may be in need of long term residential care. For those individuals who have completed our program but feel they need additional time and support, we offer a step-down program. This is a more independent model and involves the resident in self-care and maintenance as well as self-administration of medications.


Residents are welcome at Drew Edmund Psychiatric Centers for as long as is necessary to obtain the skills for successful living in an independent setting. It is one of our chief goals to prevent the need to return to a higher level of care in the future by providing each individual with the tools necessary to be successful. The amount of time this requires is unique to each individual. That is why Drew Edmund Psychiatric Centers does not require a specific length of stay. Requiring everyone to commit to a predetermined length of time in treatment would be financially beneficial for the treatment center but highly unbeneficial, financially for the resident. This is yet another way we are able to keep our fees affordable


Yes! Residential Treatment Drew Edmund Psychiatric Center takes most insurances.

In most cases your insurance will cover all of the costs of our program. Please provide our billing department with your insurance information as soon as possible for a pre-authorization and/or explanation of benefits. We will work with your insurance company to make sure you receive the maximum benefit while you are treating with us.