Getting Better Treatment Options
I believe in a holistic approach that focuses on a patient’s strengths. The mind, body, and spirit need to be addressed for a successful outcome. I work with my clients to recognize symptoms and develop an integrative model of therapy that will address the whole person and their specific needs. My areas of interest are trauma, PTSD, abuse, complex trauma, dissociation, mood disorders, bipolar disorder, Lyme and autoimmune, depression, anxiety, OCD, transitional issues, chronic illness, substance abuse and college and career counseling. I provide individual, family and group counseling and works with adults and adolescents. I am integrative and draw from many different modalities including, EMDR, somatic psychotherapy, Natural Processing, expressive therapy, family systems theory, attachment theory and cognitive behavioral theory.
A consistent theme I’ve heard from patients is that I excel at recognizing symptoms and developing a treatment plan. I am a trauma informed therapist and have completed advanced training with the Ferentz Institute with a certification in trauma. I am also a certified Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapist and a full member of EMDRIA. EMDR therapy uses bilateral stimulation, right/left eye movement, or tactile stimulation, which repeatedly activates the opposite sides of the brain, releasing emotional experiences that are “trapped” in the nervous system. This detoxes the neuro-physiological system, letting it free itself of blockages, and reconnect. EMDR is an integrative approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective in the treatment of trauma.
I have advanced training in integrating somatic psychotherapy with EMDR, called Natural Processing. It is a process-oriented somatic therapy that decreases or soothes the trauma that is remembered in the body where you “feel” triggered. Natural Processing can be appropriate for trauma, anxiety, illness, phobias, panic attacks, autoimmune, PTSD and many other emotional issues. It can be particularly helpful for Lyme and autoimmune patients because it is an emotional detox that helps the body restore and repair.
I am comfortable counseling from a faith-based perspective and incorporating prayer when it fits my client’s existing beliefs and needs.