Individual therapy is a setting where I meet with a client one-on-one in a private setting. I create a safe space in which you can feel comfortable. From there, we can explore your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors in order to create new patterns. I work alongside you to co-create goals and achieve your desired change.
I have experience working with a diverse range of clients and issues, helping individuals, couples, and groups address stressors in their lives.
Family Therapy aims to reduce distress and conflict by improving the systems of interaction between family members. This can include every member of the family, or it can include only the individuals who are experiencing conflict with one another. In family sessions, myaim is to help families create and maintain healthy boundaries, improve communication, reduce conflict, increase empathy and understanding, and help family members understand patterns of behavior.
DBT is a form of therapy that teaches individuals practical tools to help them regulate and manage their emotions. It teaches a variety of skills to help them cope with and learn to change different patterns of behavior that they may engage in. It is used within a wide age range of individuals and covers a multitude of diagnoses. It has been found to be effective with those diagnosed with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, PTSD, and more. It is our personal belief that anyone can benefit from the skills taught in DBT.
The purpose of DBT therapy is to identify your ineffective behavioral patterns and learn new, effective ways to react to situations. This is accomplished through the teaching of four major areas: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness.
DBT requires a different level of commitment than other forms of therapy. For it to be most effective, individuals are asked to engage in weekly individual sessions (for at least a year), weekly skills group classes (for around six months), and have access to phone skills consultation (on an as needed basis).
DBT boasts a great deal of in-depth and robust research. It is protocol driven, and the research on it continues to evolve over time. The purpose of it is to help provide hope for the hopeless and help people create a “life worth living". For more information on DBT, click here. That’s the organization who created DBT and conducts most of the research on it. I find it can be a helpful resource for people who want to understand it more.
EMDR is a form of therapy that aims to reduce psychological distress related to traumatic events or negative self-beliefs. When people experience a distressing or traumatic event, their brain stores all of the details of the event in order to prevent that event from recurring. This can cause the individual to be in a state of hyperarousal, anticipating that the event will take place again. It may cause a person to go into a state of fight-or-flight, even if they are not in danger.
Everyone experiences trauma in some capacity. We experience what is called “little t” traumas and “big T” traumas. “Little t” traumas can be something such as loss of a significant relationship or bullying. “Big T” traumas can include sexual assault or a car accident. In both cases these events can linger with an individual, causing distress in their current situations.
The purpose of EMDR is to help reduce the emotional and physical response to a stimulus, thought, or memory. In practice, EMDR looks a little different for each person, but the premise is the same for everyone. In the beginning stages, we focus on your already-available resources. This could include characteristics and tools that you inherently possesses, we can discuss new coping skills. The timeline for this stage depends on you and the extent of your trauma.
While going through EMDR treatment, I’ll ask you to bring to mind distressing events and memories. This may cause flashbacks, dreams, or other memories to present themselves outside of our sessions. This is why we spend time in the beginning stages to make sure you have the appropriate resources to address potentially distressing thoughts.
As we work together with EMDR, you’ll become able to recall a certain event, read books about a similar event, etc. and not reach the same level of hyperarousal as you did previously. We can create some distance between you and the trauma.
• Bipolar Disorder
• Borderline Personality Disorder
• Coping Skills
• Family Conflict
• Life Transitions
• Marital and Premarital
• Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
• Relationship Issues
• Self Esteem
• Self-Harming/Suicidal Ideation
• Sexual Abuse
• Third Culture Kids/Missionary Kids
• Women’s Issues