I offer psychotherapy and psychological assessments to adults, families, and couples. I have experience working with clients from different socioeconomic, ethnic, cultural, and sexual/gender orientation backgrounds. While my experience and training encompass a wide variety of clinical issues, some of the specialties I work within include:
- Abuse and Trauma
- Anxiety and Stress
- Major Mental Illness
- Grief and Loss
- Conflict and Anger Management
- Relational Issues
- Personal Growth and Development
- Chemical Dependency
- Sexual Addictions
- Personality Disorders
- Attachment work for adults
I utilize a variety of approaches based on the needs of the client including Cognitive-Behavioral, Individual Dialectical Behavior Therapy, EMDR, Mindfulness, Somatic Experiencing, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Brief Solution-Focused, Narrative, and Systems Theory. Adaptive Internal Relational Network model is used in the treatment of complex trauma.
As described by Trauma Specialist, Linda Curran, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a late-stage, trauma resolution method. Developed in the late 1980′s, EMDR currently has more scientific research as a treatment for trauma than any other non-pharmaceutical intervention. Based on empirical evidence as well as thousands of client and clinician testimonials, EMDR has proven an efficacious and rapid method of reprocessing traumatic material.
EMDR appears to assist in processing of traumatic information, resulting in enhanced integration – and a more adaptive perspective of the traumatic material. The utilization of EMDR has been shown to eliminate the need for some of the more difficult abreactive work (i.e.reliving the trauma), often associated with the psychoanalytic treatment of a variety of conditions, including generalized and specific anxieties, panic, PTSD symptoms (such as intrusive thoughts, nightmares, and flashbacks), dissociative disorders, mood disorders and other traumatic experiences. So, theoretically, EMDR is about integration- bilateral hemispheric (right/left brain) integration; triune brain (brain stem, limbic system and cerebral cortex) integration; and at least some type of mind/body integration, but practically, it’s about convincing the mind and body that the traumatic event is, indeed over. EMDR helps to put the past in the past, where it belongs, instead of staying stuck in it (feeling like it is happened all over again in the present-with the same thoughts, emotions and body sensations- that accompanied the event in the past).