I provide individual counseling for adults and specialize in women's issues and trauma. I work with a wide range of issues providing services that span from therapy for trauma, depression and grief counseling to career changes and stress. In a comfortable and supportive atmosphere, I offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each of my clients individual needs to help attain the personal growth they’re striving for. I use multiple therapeutic approaches based on client needs that could range from traditional talk therapy to yoga and meditation based strategies. I am a Certified EMDR therapist and trained in IFS and ACT.
What is ACT?
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, known as ACT is a type of cognitive therapy and is a unique empirically based psychological intervention that uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies, together with commitment and behavior change strategies, to increase psychological flexibility. reference: https://contextualscience.org/act or read "The Happiness Trap" by Dr. Russ Harris
What is IFS or Parts Work?
"IFS® [Internal Family Systems] is a transformative tool that conceives every human being as a system of protective and wounded inner parts lead by a core Self. We believe the mind is naturally multiple and that is a good thing. Just like members of a family, inner parts are forced from their valuable states into extreme roles within us. Self is in everyone. It can’t be damaged. It knows how to heal.
IFS® is frequently used as an evidence-based psychotherapy, helping people heal by accessing and healing their protective and wounded inner parts. IFS® creates inner and outer connectedness by helping people first access their Self and, from that core, come to understand and heal their parts.
But IFS® is much more than a non-pathologizing evidence-based psychotherapy to be used in a clinical setting. It is also a way of understanding personal and intimate relationships and stepping into life with the 8 Cs: confidence, calm, compassion, courage, creativity, clarity, curiosity, and connectedness. Professionals from many different backgrounds such as, but not limited to, legal mediation, school administration, life coaches and religious leaders may utilize IFS® to inform and guide their work. Our growing list of educational programs aims to serve not only therapists but the wider public and other professions.
The mission of IFS Institute is to bring more Self leadership to the world.
Watch this helpful video about IFS: IFS Explained
What is EMDR?
"EMDR [Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing] is a structured therapy that encourages the patient to focus briefly on the trauma memory while simultaneously experiencing bilateral stimulation (typically eye movements but can be other forms of BLS), which is associated with a reduction in the vividness and emotion associated with the trauma memories. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an extensively researched, effective psychotherapy method proven to help people recover from trauma and PTSD symptoms. Ongoing research supports positive clinical outcomes showing EMDR therapy as a helpful treatment for disorders such as anxiety, depression, OCD, chronic pain, addictions, and other distressing life experiences (Maxfield, 2019). EMDR therapy has even been superior to Prozac in trauma treatment (Van der Kolk et al., 2007). Shapiro and Forrest (2016) share that more than 7 million people have been treated successfully by 110,000 therapists in 130 countries since 2016." Via the EMDRIA website.
For more information about EMDR therapy go here: About EMDR Therapy
Treatment specialization includes:
- Mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder
- Grief and loss Counseling
- Work and Career issues
- Stress Management
- Long-term addiction recovery and co-occuring
- Women's Issues
- Coping Skills
- Dual Diagnosis
- Relationship Issues
- Self Esteem
If I feel your issues are outside the scope of my practice or if it is not a good fit for you or me I will do my best to make an appropriate referral. Please note my practice is part-time and my availability is limited. If I cannot accommodate you I will make an appropriate referral.