Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy
EMDR therapy 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 (EMDR International Association) 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 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 & Solution-Oriented 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 types of therapy that blend mindfulness, body awareness, and Solution-Focused therapy. Solution-Focused therapy concentrates on how you have successfully handled similar situations in the past, and always asks the question, "when is the problem not happening or when is it less upsetting?" This can be more empowering for people who forget how resourceful they are.
I try to individualize the treatment for what each client's needs. With children, I also do play therapy and art therapy which allows them to express their distress nonverbally. I have found these expressive approaches effective for adults as well, especially for people who are more feeling- than thinking-based.
Life & Wellness Coaching
Life coaching is the next step in getting the life you want and deserve. You want to achieve a new level of success and happiness in your life, but you're not sure how. You have all the basics covered: food; shelter; clothes; a job, etc. Yet something is missing in your life, a spark or a dream unfulfilled. Realizing your potential and finding a life of inspiration and meaning are yours for the asking; you just need a little help to manifest that dream. Maybe you want to get in shape and enjoy a fit, slender body but don't know how to get started. Perhaps you want to change careers or retire but you're afraid to take the leap, and just need someone to help you gather the courage to do so.
For online psychotherapy, I charge $130 per 50-minute session. At this time I am not accepting new insurance clients. I prefer to work online as much as possible.
In some cases, I can offer a sliding scale that starts at $110.
For individual life coaching, I charge $600 for four visits.