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Therapeutic Services & Specialized Treatment

Individual

Individual Counseling

  • Individual sessions are a collaborative and safe space to heal from mood and relationship struggles along with difficult life experiences, anxiety and depressive issues that have kept you stuck, quarter-life or midlife crisis issues, compulsive behaviors, procrastination and dissatisfaction, life transitions, trauma and more. 
  • A valuable investment to help you discover new and sustaining ways to respond differently to pain and discomfort while improving your relationships with yourself and others.

Family

Family Counseling

  • Trained in viewing distress/trauma from a systems perspective. Through this lens, clients can develop a deeper understanding of their unique family of origin; boundaries; the function of anxiety, related emotions and much more. 
  • When a family member is struggling, the rest of the family often struggles, too. Family therapy, when appropriate and possible, can offer some of the best recovery and results. 


Counseling specialties offered:


  • Family Conflict
  • Marital Conflict/Issues
  • Military Family Issues
  • First Responders
  • Blended Families
  • Divorce
  • Life Transitions (e.g., marriages, empty-nesters, etc.) 

Couples/Marriage

Couple/Marriage Counseling

  • Whether you are engaged, considering marriage, newly married, or in a long-term relationship, one of the most important relationships in life can be one of the most challenging.
  • Couple’s therapy can provide an opportunity to learn more about patterns in the relationship, support relational wellness, and develop a deeper understanding of the role of emotion and boundaries in order to strengthen your relationship.
  • Relationships can be damaged in many ways; violations of trust such as affairs, addictions, or abuse, while other times trust gradually erodes as couples stop turning to each other, or as negative patterns of sarcasm, criticism, fault-finding, and defensiveness creep into the relationship. 
  • When feelings of trust and safety have been replaced by suspicion and fear, you may find yourself cut off from the happiness and togetherness you once had. I can help you escape hurtful patterns so you can understand one another, get to the heart of the matter, and move forward.

Specialized Trauma Treatment Approaches

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

An evidenced based, mind-body therapeutic approach, which views memory networks as the basis of health and also the basis of what is causing distress in the present. When the brain cannot naturally heal on its own, the past keeps playing out in the present. 


These experiences interfere with the lens on your relationships and the world. EMDR Therapy, in conjunction with other systemic approaches, helps the brain and the body decrease the reactivity to difficult memories so they have less negative impact on your present life. 


EMDR focuses on healing the effects of traumatic and distressing life events such as abuse, neglect, loss, shaming, and is a helpful treatment for a broad range of difficult experiences.  


  

“Recent research has demonstrated that certain kinds of everyday life experiences can cause symptoms of PTSD. “Many people feel that something is holding them back in life, causing them to think, feel, and behave in ways that don’t serve them.” 

Francine Shapiro, Originator of EMDR

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)

An evidenced based treatment protocol that has been found effective for the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other corollary symptoms following traumatic events.  It focuses on how the traumatic event is construed and coped with by a person who is trying to regain a sense of mastery and control in his or her life.


Typically conducted as a 12 session protocol with a recommended follow-up session around 30 days after the end of treatment, it helps to consider the overall therapy in terms of phases of treatment. The first phase consists of assessing the appropriateness of the individual for CPT (PTSD diagnosis, treatment priorities, etc.) The early phase of treatment focuses on psychoeducation – consistent with the theoretical orientation of cognitive-behavioral theory, the client and therapist operate as a team and the client is fully apprised of all facets of his/her recovery.


In CPT, cognitive therapy techniques are utilized to focus on faulty thought related to traumatic events.  It is theorized that individuals who develop PTSD following an exposure to a traumatic event experience significant disruptions in preexisting beliefs.  These disrupted beliefs are manifested in inaccurate self-statements that interrupt or “stall” the normal recovery process.

Internal Family Systems (IFS)

An evidenced based, powerful psychotherapeutic approach, which is      non-pathologizing, respectful, and systemic based in healing trauma,      anxiety and the whole spectrum of mental health struggles.


“As clients embody more Self, their inner dialogues change spontaneously. They stop berating themselves and instead, get to know, rather than try to eliminate, the extreme inner voices or emotions that have plagued them. They show characteristics of insight, self-understanding and acceptance, stability and personal growth…” Richard Schwartz, Founder of IFS

Prolonged Exposure (PE)

An evidenced based trauma-focused psychotherapy that teaches you to gradually approach trauma-related memories, feelings, and situations that you have been avoiding since your trauma. By confronting these challenges, you can decrease your PTSD symptoms. 


People with PTSD often try to avoid anything that reminds them of the trauma. This can help you feel better in the moment, but not in the long term. Avoiding these feelings and situations actually keeps you from recovering from PTSD. 


PE works by helping you face your fears. By talking about the details of the trauma and by confronting safe situations that you have been avoiding, you can decrease your symptoms of PTSD and regain more control of your life. 

Trauma

Trauma and associated stress, anxiety, and depression increase the vulnerability to physical health, mood, and relationship struggles along with a decrease in work and academic performance.

  

  • When the brain’s natural ability to process difficult life experiences has been disrupted, past events get frozen in different parts of our internal system – act out in the present, making life challenging.


  • Many feel shame for struggling, which often compounds their pain and suffering. I strongly believe a life should never be defined by the falls, failures, trauma, and heartbreak; there is so much more to your story.


  • Owning and integrating all parts of your story is an essential part of healing. Because the brain sees vulnerability as dangerous, staying silent about your struggles often seems safer than asking for help; staying silent will keep you stuck.


  • Through compassionate care, specialized training and customized approaches, I can help you understand the power of the brain and the body in the healing process along with the destructive power of shame, fear, and blame while developing the resources to recover and regain your life.