EMDR Therapy, Hypnosis and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy

EMDR was developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro to help people who have survived traumatic events to recover more quickly and thoroughly than with regular psychotherapy. The EMDR International Association describes EMDR as a physiologically based therapy that helps a person see disturbing material in a new and less distressing way. When we are very upset, our brains do not function normally, so that disturbing events can become frozen in time. When we remember that event, it can feel as bad as the first time it happened because the images and sensory information attached to the memory have not changed. It has become trapped in a state-dependent way in our brains, without integration with the parts of our brains that can put the event in perspective and give words to the event. This incomplete processing of the memory can affect how we relate to the world and can limit our ability to enjoy life.

EMDR Therapy can work for traumatic events, anxiety disorders, stress reduction, complicated grief, panic disorder, and phobias. I received my basic training from Dr. Phil Manfield (inventor of the Flash Technique) at John F. Kennedy University.  Since then I have had continuing education in the treatment of panic, pre-verbal trauma, physical problems, and children, among other specialized treatment. I am a certified EMDR therapist by EMDRIA (an international organization for EMDR) and use it regularly in practice. Many clients have been very satisfied with the freedom they've gained from disturbing memories. Good news: it can also be used online! 

Clinical Hypnosis

Clinical hypnosis can be a very effective approach to healing from anxiety, depression, physical discomfort, and unwanted habits. It is a way of bypassing the conscious mind and the resistances and limitations that places on your healing. Instead, we can access the subconscious mind and all the resources and possibilities it possesses. I have noticed success in removing tension, increasing motivation, easing anxiety, and reducing compulsive behavior patterns. It can also be a way to reduce physical pain and access motivation in people with depression.

I have trained at the Milton Erickson Foundation in Phoenix, Arizona with two great instructors who have direct instruction from Dr. Erickson himself. Drs. Brent Geary and Jeffrey Zeig, both excellent teachers, have helped me learn how to use this amazing healing modality. I have also done consultation with the Milton H. Erickson Institute of the East Bay and Steven Lankton, LCSW. This has helped me develop potent ways to help you achieve what you want from life. Let us discover how we can tap into your healing resources by using this powerful tool!


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) can help people recognize the thoughts and feelings that lead to troublesome behavior (like losing your temper with your boss or isolating from other people). Sometimes people get convinced that the way they are seeing the world is totally realistic and logical, based on how they feel. Yet that is a cognitive distortion called emotional reasoning, and it leads to lots of problems in their lives. When a person can identify their cognitive distortions, and replacing them with more realistic and kinder ways of thinking, there is a freedom to think, feel and act better. Once this becomes a stronger habit than the old, negative patterns, it becomes easier to feel happier and stay that way. It is truly a recipe for emotional freedom. 


I also use elements of other schools of therapy that blend mindfulness, body awareness, and solution-focused therapy. I try to individualize the treatment for what each client needs. With children, I also do play therapy and art therapy which allows them to express their distress in a nonverbal way. I have found these additional approaches effective, especially for  people who are more feeling- than thinking-based.



For in-person and online psychotherapy, I charge $130 per 50-minute session. For individual life coaching, I charge $600 for four visits. Group life coaching is a bit less, depending on the length of the program. Please call for more details.