My Approach to Helping
I specialize in EMDR Therapy exclusively which I have practiced for over twenty years with more than four thousand clients in over forty countries. For the past three years I have worked virtually and now offer global accessibility so you are assured continuity regardless of travel, location or relocation. Virtual therapy offers many added benefits including saved time and expense in traveling to an office, complete safety in the COVID era, HIPAA compliant connection, and much higher privacy and confidentiality.
EMDR will typically resolve anxiety, phobias, issues such as low self-esteem or lack of confidene, PTSD, and related issues much faster and more permanently than traditional talk therapy.
I am happy to discuss your needs and answer questions with a free consultation.
More Info About My Practice
I am very happy to answer questions about EMDR or discuss your own situation if you are considering whether EMDR might be right for you.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified EMDR Therapist. I earned a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice at Shippensburg University where I graduated Magna Cum Laude and as the Distinguished Military Graduate. I served six years as a Commissioned Officer in the US Army and later spent eleven years in the private sector employed by behavioral health companies. I earned a Masters in Social Work from Temple University, entered private practice and discovered EMDR after training in Forensic Interviewing and Neurolinguistic Programming. As EMDR proved so rapidly and consistently effective, I evolved my practice to work in EMDR exclusively.
I later spent two years working as a therapist and administrator for an International Mission agency based in the UK. While living, traveling and working in fourteen countries on five continents, I confirmed that EMDR is an effective intervention across cultures because trauma, depression, anxiety and PTSD are human conditions and EMDR is a mind-body intervention which doesn't require extensive talking sessions. Through these experiences I learned this is why EMDR is often popular with younger adults and military Veterans who may not want to go into vivid detail describing unpleasant events from the past. EMDR facilitates rapid healing in the privacy of one's own mind which the therapist gently guides while respecting boundaries.
I am now employed full time as an executive for the US Department of Veterans Affairs serving as a Director in the Veterans Health Administration's Employee Education System. In 2018 I was selected by the US Department of Veterans Affairs to complete a Fellowship in Government at Harvard University and later became a Senior Executive Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. I am honored to serve our nation's Veterans as I am also a Veteran myself and use VA exclusively for my own healthcare. I continue my clinical practice in offering EMDR globally through the Internet, specializing in virtual EMDR and practicing now in over forty countries on six continents as well as all states and regions of the US.
My Therapy Focus
I have practiced EMDR since becoming fully certified in 2002 and have worked with well over 4,000 people on six different continents which has led me to the direct and streamlined approach I take with EMDR. I have found that people seeking EMDR want help and want resolution quickly, not prolonged over numerous sessions of talk therapy and rapport building. I start with a one hour initial assessment appointment in which I take your full psychosocial history and then provide a full explanation of EMDR, and a full demonstration of EMDR with each of the included protocols for you to choose from including eye movements, bilateral sound stimulation, or bilateral haptic (taptouch) signals. You are led through a practice relaxation technique and at that point you and I decide together if EMDR will be right for you. From there we schedule an actual EMDR session for 90 minutes although an actual session can range from 75 to 105 minutes. Following that EMDR appointment, we then have a 30 minute reassessment appointment to determine the outcome from the EMDR session and to identify if your issue is fully resolved or if more EMDR is warranted.
In 2018 after realizing many of the clients I work with online would benefit from EMDR, I researched the possibilities of facilitating EMDR somehow virtually and discovered other EMDR therapists who have made this breakthrough so I incorporated this into my own practice as well. Following the success of virtual EMDR beginning in 2018, it was an easy transition in 2020 in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, to transition my traditional office practice into an entirely virtual service which is now the only way I practice. Not being tied to an office also allows me entirely more flexibility for scheduling and I typically facilitate EMDR six days a week, serving clients on six continents (none from Antarctica yet!).
The majority of clients I work with end up averaging two EMDR sessions for complete resolution of whatever issue they may be wanting to resolve. There are a fair number of clients who reach complete resolution in just one session, but these tend to be clients with a very specific issue they are wanting EMDR to address. Then a smaller number of clients I see may need three, four, or five EMDR sessions, but in my experience this is less typical. In extraordinary cases, I have had a few clients request more than 20 sessions.
I tell clients to expect a clear indication within a week of the first EMDR session to know if the session was helpful or not. In my experience I have found little gray area or clients being unsure after the first session if EMDR worked for them. In this way you will know immediately and will not be wasting time and money in weeks or months of therapy wondering if you are getting better or not, which again is quite unlike my previous work in traditional talk therapy years ago. I work to your satisfaction and you receive high quality, experienced EMDR intervention.