Uncover Your "Good Enough" Self
I work with individuals usually on a weekly basis, where we address relationship issues, depression, anxiety, compulsive and repetitive behaviors (drinking, eating, obsessive thinking, etc.), building self-esteem, multicultural issues including inter-generational oppression and immigrant issues, healing from rape and sexual assault, complex trauma, as well as various other traumas.
Find Common Ground with Each Other Again
“If only he/she would change!” is a common plea I hear when people first come in for couple’s counseling. My work explores the specific dynamics you’ve created together, how you can better communicate with one another, and work with you both to determine whether the relationship will become more vibrant and healthy, or whether you need help separating. I work with both opposite-sex and single-sex couples of diverse backgrounds.
Evidence-Based Treatment for Trauma
EMDR is an evidence-based treatment and stands for Eye-Movement Desensitization Reprocessing. When a trauma occurs it seems to get locked in the nervous system with the original picture, sounds, thoughts and feelings. EMDR uses eye movements or other bilateral stimulation to unlock the nervous system and allow the mind and body to process the experience. It is important to remember that it is your own brain that does the healing and that you are the one in control.
EMDR has been extensively researched as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as well as to treat the psychological effects of smaller traumas that manifest in symptoms of depression, anxiety, phobias, low self-esteem, creativity blocks, and relationship difficulties.
I have trained with Dr. Laurel Parnell of the Parnell Institute in the practice of EMDR and AF-EMDR (Attachment-Focused EMDR), which combines the latest in attachment theory and research into the use of EMDR.