My Approach to Helping
So often, we know we need to make a change, but either don't know where to start or just can't seem to do what needs to be done. Don't continue living with depression, anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, a bad job or a bad relationship. Change is always possible! Therapy can help uncover and resolve underlying blocks and problematic patterns, help you identify practical solutions, develop important life skills and bring you to a place where you are experiencing life as more joyful, self-expressive and fulfilling.
I have over 20 years experience offering compassionate, goal-oriented therapy for adults and teens struggling with trauma/abuse histories, depression, anxiety, relationship concerns and life transitions such as divorce, a new relationship or career change. I specialize in Lifespan Integration and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), two powerful yet gentle technique that can quickly and effectively resolve past issues that are causing current life problems. They can help to build a positive core sense of self, better ability to deal with emotions, and resolve old traumas to the point where you no longer have frequent, painful memories, emotional flooding, emotional numbness, depression, anxiety or related low self esteem.
I generally use Lifespan Integration in combination with current life issues problem solving, communication skills training, mindfulness development, and relaxation skills training. My work with adolescents uses respect, humor, and insight development to help young people resolve depression, improve self esteem, become more responsible and effective, develop healthier relationships with family and friends and take the first steps in defining their identity and life path.
I have been in practice for 17 years, and have worked with children, adolescents, families and couples. Although my current practice is more focused on individual work with adults and teens, this past experience helps me to be a better, more understanding support for people struggling with partner and parenting issues. While I have particular expertise in helping people resolve old trauma, the focus of our work together is not really the past, it's making the life you want happen, here and now.
More Info About My Practice
I offer a free 30 minute in person or phone session to see if we are a good fit. I am on some insurance panels, and offer credit and debit payment options, as well as accepting personal checks.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
I have a lot of experience working with trauma survivors, and use two very gentle, rapid, effective trauma resolution techniques, Lifespan Integration and EMDR. Both are designed to allow for resolution of trauma related issues without forcing the client to endlessly talk about and have to relive the trauma. Trauma such as a history of physical or sexual abuse, emotional/verbal abuse, domestic violence or things like being in a car accident or a natural disaster like an earthquake can all cause symptoms such as frequent, upsetting memories, nightmares, depression, anxiety, sleep problems and related relationship issues. When a person goes through something traumatic, that incident and related feelings are stored in the brain differently that other, less stressful things that occur. Fortunately, both Lifespan Integration and EMDR appear to very briefly access the trauma and reprocess it in the brain in such a way that symptoms lessen and in many cases disappear entirely. Some traumas can be resolved in as little as one to three sessions.