Since I began treating patients in 2016, my approach to therapy has always focused on teaching and empowering my patients. I believe that you are the expert on you, and I may know a few things that might help you get to know yourself even better! I take a supportive and validating approach to help you gain the knowledge and skills necessary to take control of your mental health and become an expert in the healing process.
EMDR is regarded as one of the most well studied and proven effective evidence based treatment modalities to address trauma, PTSD, depression, anxiety and more. EMDR is based on the Adaptive Information Processing Model, which states that our brains are naturally hardwired for healing from traumatic events, just like how we heal from cuts and bruises! However, with the brain being a complex system, there are many reasons that the natural healing process can be blocked. The distress from significant or disturbing experiences in our lives can stick around instead of being instinctively and intuitively healed.
EMDR is a therapeutic approach that not only teaches and empowers us to take control of our self regulation, but allows us to go a step further and reignite the brain's natural healing process so that we can address the source of our symptoms and internal dysregulation. We achieve this through the use of dual attention stimuli (often eye movements but there are lots of other cool tricks!) that aim to keep us, one foot in the present and one foot in the past, so we can allow our brain to re-process unhealed experiences from the safety of the here and now.
Accelerated Resolution Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that incorporates a number of well known therapy methods in a way that accelerates the process of healing and also taps into the brain's natural desire and ability to heal itself. You, as the patient are in complete control of your experience. In ART, we utilize calming bilateral eye movements and a technique called voluntary image/memory replacement so that your fears, worries or traumatic experiences no longer carry with them that emotional pain or create the physical and mental "road blocks" that they once did.
ART can effectively treat trauma and is also effective in treating anxiety, stress, addictions, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), performance anxiety, family issues, grief, and can even be effective in increasing ability to cope with chronic pain and medical issues. It is a great tool for building personal resilience and a sense of empowerment.
Have you had the experience of feeling like there is a part of you that wants to move forward, take the next step, set those boundaries, feel different, do it different...and then perhaps you've been met with feeling like there is a part of you that stops you, that feels scared, or nervous, or unmotivated? These inner conflicts can happen for anyone and especially for those who have experienced complex trauma. It can feel like a constant battle within yourself and you can end up feeling stuck and frusrtated. My work with my patients is focused on resolving these inner conflicts to find alignment within your whole self regarding your goals and your feelings. We work together to help you achieve an integrated sense of self and stop the constant internal battle.
Ever feel like you are your biggest critic? That is probably because it is true! But did you know that chronic guilt, shame, and self criticism are actually symptoms of adverse early childhood experiences? You may be relieved to know that we can treat this together and free you from your negative self talk! Through a Compassion Focused Therapy approach we teach your nervous system how to switch out of threat mode and into soothe, where you can learn to be compassionate not just to others, but to yourself. You can learn to love yourself through your successes and your mistakes, find safety and acceptance within your mind, and achieve a feeling of "balance" in your life.
Emotion Focused Therapy or EFT is an approach that I love to use with my couples to help them foster healthy communication and discover meaningful connection. Whether you have just recently felt that you and your partner were "missing" each other or it has been some time since you have felt close and connected, we can work together to rebuild the trust and safety you desire and deserve to have in your relationship.
When I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with my patients, we work together to uncover their destructive thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors so that we can shift their perspective to one that is healthy and helpful. My goal in using CBT is to help you feel more in control of your own thoughts and behaviors again. You deserve to be in the driver's seat.
I often combine a cognitive approach with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy or ACT. ACT focuses on reducing our avoidance of our uncomfortable emotions that are always bubbling under the surface of our negative thinking. Using ACT, we identify what is important and necessary for you to live a meaningful life and using targeted techniques, help you to feel less stuck and more empowered to move in the direction of your goals.
As someone who has both practiced and taught yoga for many years, I came to learn how important the connection between our bodies and our minds can be. I have integrated what I have learned about the body into my therapy approach through polyvagal theory, conscious breathing, mindfulness and grounding self-regulation practices, and other sensorimotor psychotherapeutic approaches. We are truly the sum of our parts, and I believe it is crucial to integrate the wellness of our bodies into the treatment of our mental health.