Many individuals who choose to work with me have underlying issues of trauma or PTSD that fuel their issues with substance abuse, depression, anxiety, codependency, eating disorders, or intimacy disorders. I strive to provide comprehensive treatment for survivors of childhood and/or adult trauma, both as a distinct diagnosis and as a co-occurring disorder. I utilize EMDR therapy and Internal Family Systems as my primary modalities for trauma treatment.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Therapy and was discovered by Dr. Francine Shapiro in 1987. It is an evidence-based practice for PTSD and over 20 controlled studies (and growing!) have demonstrated it to be effective with a number of conditions. I have a unique way of integrating EMDR with my clients that struggle with panic, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, performance anxiety, grief and loss, and addictions (to name a few).
Since my training began in 2016, I’ve been immersed in learning and practicing with EMDR. I have a passion for EMDR because of the remarkable progress I’ve witnessed clients making in sometimes a surprisingly short amount of time! I continue to feel awed by the power of it to transform lives and am deeply grateful for the privilege of being part of this wonderful therapeutic method that helps clients find wisdom, compassion, empowerment, and a sense of wholeness.
So how does it work? You might think of EMDR as an “emotional laxative.” Hear me out. If you’ve ever had a eaten something and your body is unable to digest it, you know the experience of discomfort and pain in your gut. Similarly, when our life experiences get “stuck” we also experience discomfort and pain. EMDR is believed to work with the brain’s natural capacities to heal, or digest these experiences, so that we can function in an adaptive manner again.