My Approach to Helping
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist through Board of Behavioral Sciences. In addition, I am a Certified Life Coach by Expert Rating Certified Professionals. I hold a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from the American School of Professional Psychology. I specialize in Parenting, Substance Abuse, and EMDR.
I enjoy working with people from a variety of cultural backgrounds and respects non-binary gender-fluid people and their sexual orientations. I have a compassionate nature that allows for heightened understanding and respect for my clients. I provide therapeutic services for my clients so they can learn to cope, and then flourish. My enthusiasm for the work and for my clients is evident, and I am is eager to start working with you.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
Hengameh Khajavi is a trained EMDR therapist and can evaluate you and see if you are a good candidate for EMDR. Please call for a 15-minute consultation or any questions that you may have.
What is EMDR Therapy?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches.
WHAT KIND OF PROBLEMS CAN EMDR TREAT?
Scientific research has established EMDR as effective for post traumatic stress. However, clinicians also have reported success using EMDR in the treatment of the following conditions:
Panic Attacks, Complicated Grief,
Dissociative Disorders, Disturbing Memories
Phobias, Pain Disorders, Performance Anxiety,
Stress Reduction, Addictions
Sexual and/or Physical Abuse,
Body Dysmorphic Disorders, Personality Disorders
EMDR FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HOW WAS EMDR DEVELOPED?
In 1987, psychologist Dr. Francine Shapiro made the chance observation that eye movements can reduce the intensity of disturbing thoughts, under certain conditions.
Dr. Shapiro studied this effect scientifically and, in 1989, she reported success using EMDR to treat victims of trauma in the Journal of Traumatic Stress.
Since then, EMDR has developed and evolved through the contributions of therapists and researchers all over the world. Today, EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches.
HOW DOES EMDR WORK?
No one knows how any form of psychotherapy works neurobiologically or in the brain. However, we do know that when a person is very upset, their brain cannot process information as it does ordinarily. One moment becomes "frozen in time," and remembering a trauma may feel as bad as going through it the first time because the images, sounds, smells, and feelings haven't changed. Such memories have a lasting negative effect that interferes with the way a person sees the world and the way they relate to other people.
EMDR seems to have a direct effect on the way that the brain processes information. Normal information processing is resumed, so following a successful EMDR session, a person no longer relives the images, sounds, and feelings when the event is brought to mind. You still remember what happened, but it is less upsetting. Many types of therapy have similar goals. However, EMDR appears to be similar to what occurs naturally during dreaming or REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. Therefore, EMDR can be thought of as a physiologically based therapy that helps a person see disturbing material in a new and less distressing way.
WHAT IS THE ACTUAL EMDR THERAPY SESSION LIKE?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches. To date, EMDR therapy has helped millions of people of all ages relieve many types of psychological stress. Below is a Brief Description of EMDR Therapy.