My Approach to Helping
As isolating as emotional distress (depression, anxiety, anger, low self-esteem) can feel, it's actually one of the most human experiences in the world. Every human goes through emotional distress. We experience emotional distress because of a disconnect between the Limbic System (where emotional memories, sensory perception, hormones, and the like are stored) and the Prefrontal Cortex (the center of reason, language, planning, etc.) The unfortunate cause of this blip, in all people, is that the Limbic System doesn't use logic, language, or reason to communicate. This is why you may know that airplanes are safe, but feel absolutely paralyzed when trying to board one. Your Prefrontal Cortex knows you shouldn't be afraid, but your Limbic System sure doesn't!
In order to achieve sustainable relief of emotional distress, both the Limbic System and Prefrontal Cortex must be activated and used. This is why many people spend years in talk therapy with few results. You can't talk to your Limbic System.
More Info About My Practice
My practice is here as a resource to those who are suffering from a variety of types of emotional distress. I aim to help people understand neuropsychological processes (thereby helping them understand that they aren't abnormal or broken,) regularly research treatment developments, and provide the most up to date and effective treatment in an approachable environment. With new developments in bilateral stimulation (EMDR) and Mindfulness-based treatments, there's no need to make progress at the speed of molasses. You can begin to release distress in as little as two treatments.
My Therapy Focus
Emotional distress comes from traumatic memories, which result in beliefs about ourselves and the world around us. Beliefs, which are just the brain's effort to make sense of the world and prevent further trauma, can cause depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, relationship issues, etc. The work I do with clients has 3 goals: 1) to help clients sort through traumatic events (whether they be instances of severe abuse or a degrading comment by an elementary school teacher;) 2) to connect the web of memories, beliefs and events to current distress; 3) to desensitize those traumatic memories and reprocess the unwanted beliefs to more empowering client created beliefs.