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Counseling/Therapy Services

In my work with clients, I have found that trauma explains most issues… are you feeling down, suffering emotionally, depressed or anxious? Have you endured a series of unsuccessful relationships, personally and at work?  Perhaps you’re in the midst of a life transition due to relocation, a new job or new circumstance; divorce, broken or new relationship, loss, children leaving the home or retirement.  My Specialty is assisting clients facing life transitions or clients with a history of abuse or even recent trauma that effects their lives in a negative and unproductive way.

Most often, our current relationships, functioning and behavior are determined by our past relationships, functioning and behavior. I am trained in EMDR, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing; a technique used to help clients move through  and resolve issues.  In my work, I provide a warm, safe environment to engage with clients in the therapeutic process, it’s the relationship that makes the therapy effective. You don’t have to suffer alone anymore, together we can create an alliance and work on facing life with a new outlook.

What is EMDR?

One of the therapeutic techniques I use and have found great success with is called, EMDR; Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.  EMDR is a therapeutic technique developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro in 1987. EMDR uses what is called, “bi-lateral brain stimulation,”  which is simply a series of eye movements, sounds or tapping in order to process memories, trauma and information stored by the brain that is negatively impacting current relationships, functioning and behavior.  Some memories are very old from childhood and other memories could be more recent or the result of some type of trauma.  Everyone experiences childhood differently and what may be traumatic for one child may not even be remembered by another.  And some experiences are more recent and processed differently by the adult mind.  EMDR is completely non-invasive and works at the client’s pace; your comfort level is the most important factor in counseling.

EMDR helps you focus on your experiences and your perceptions, exploring feelings and memories that have set the groundwork for your current difficulties including current situations that trigger uncomfortable emotions, beliefs and sensations.  Sometimes old memories from childhood impact our current relationships and we’re not even aware of when it’s happening.  With this type of approach, we will explore past experiences and focus on positive experiences you can take with you into your life with a new way of understanding and relating to your friends, peers, co-workers and loved ones.