Todd Harvey, MFT
|Professions: Psychotherapy, Counselling, Marriage & Family Therapy|
|License Status: I'm a licensed professional.|
|Primary Credential: Marriage and Family Therapist - 52288|
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I work with COUPLES, TRAUMA, and INDIVIDUALS:
I help couples restore their emotional bond. I help them start to pathologize the negative dance that they are in rather than each other. I then help them better articulate their underlying attachment needs and desires that are otherwise expressed through (acting out and withdrawing) behaviors. From an EFT (Emotion Focused Therapy) perspective, I focus on helping my people learn how to attune to each other emotionally. While my primary focus is on restoring the bond, I do use psychoeducation and help my couples learn communication, conflict management, and emotional attunement skills. Couples who love each other and drive each other crazy who are not in a domestic abuse situation have a significant change of transforming their relationship in five to six months.
I use EMDR to help my clients process their traumas. I believe that the body is designed to naturally process pain and traumas. When somebody has PTSD, it means that the trauma gets stuck in part of their brain because their particular trauma was so overwhelming to them. By doing bi-lateral stimulation (having the brain be stimulated on the left side and right side at the same time by talking with me about your experience while watching my hands move back and forth) it helps trick the brain into letting the healthier rational part of the brain to self-soothe the part of the brain where the trauma is stuck. Unlike Talk-Therapy, which is ineffective with trauma, EMDR produces rapid results. I am also trained in ways of using EMDR with extremely chronic PTSD from long-term abuse. I use Phil Manfield's Dyadic Resourcing methods and Jim Knipe's techniques in working with more complex cases.
I have been trained at The Psychotherapy Institute in Berkeley and work from a relational psychodynamic relational perspective. This means, in addition to helping my clients through painful life transitions, I attune to their experiences with me in the room in a way that gives them the lived experience that who they are is acceptable. Often relationship problems, anxiety, depression, etc. are mere symptoms that are normal responses to prior emotional neglect and abuse. Creating a healthy attachment experience with me allows my people to internalize a different sense of themselves, which helps them change the relational blue-prints in their brains to respond from a healthier place. My experience is this long-term individual work often takes from six months to two years to be trans-formative.
Email or Call Todd Harvey, MFT at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 15151
More Info About My Practice
I provide letters to my clients that confirms that we've had a therapy session. Many clients are able to provide these to their insurance companies to get reimbursed for Out of Network therapy.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
Trauma, couples, depression, anxiety
Services I Provide
- Individual Therapy & Counseling
- Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
- Family Therapy
- Online Counseling / Phone Therapy
Ages I Work With
Groups I Work With
Couples (I am influenced from an EFT - Emotion Focused Therapy - model).
Couples - Premarital, High Conflict, Couples that love each other but drive each other crazy.
Trauma (EMDR),(traumas, highly complex long term traumas, victims of assault, abuse, war, or accidents).
Individuals (Relational Psychodynamic Therapy). In addition to helping individuals with depression or anxiety transition through a life challenge, I help them understand and transform their internal blue-prints that set them up for their life challenges.
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