Why Therapy, Why Me?
Much like the way we endure pain and injury throughout our bodies, our brains are also susceptible to pain. I like to refer to mental illness and addiction as a sort of "brain pain". I implement effective psychotherapy methods to instill self-understanding and encourage people to adopt new attitudes and feelings towards life situations. It is imperative to keep in mind that therapy is NOT a magic pill or some quick fix! Therapy is a healing process that necessitates participation and commitment from all involved. Most importantly, therapy is hard work! By making changes to self-defeating behaviors, negative thinking patterns, and self-destructive actions, AND learning to cope with feelings of sadness, fear, and pain, you will begin to notice life-altering results.
I am a mental health counselor with experience in working with adolescents and adults. My specialty areas include helping people affected by trauma, anxiety, mood disorders, and addiction. Much of my current work involves working with young adults facing transitional periods in their lives and developing the interpersonal skills they need to navigate these times with confidence.
I am trained in Eye Movement Rapid Desensitization (EMDR) therapy, and use this work to treat individuals with trauma, substance use disorders, and anxiety disorders. I am a firm believer in meeting people where they are at... tailoring treatment by using creative and integrative treatment that will help you reclaim your life.
What is EMDR?
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal. EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma. When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound. If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes. The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health. If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR therapy training sessions, clinicians help clients activate their natural healing processes.