To be trusted is a greater compliment then to be loved.
— George MacDonald
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Counseling is process that is unique to the needs of each individual.  One of the first steps in counseling is to determine what it is that you would like to get out of the experience. Communicating about this, and allowing it to develop and grow as the process of counseling unfolds helps to set a good foundation. I  emphasize and respect the client being the expert in their own life and work with clients in a collaborative way.

Because there is no 'one size fits all' approach to counseling, there are many orientations to counseling that can serve to be useful in the context of helping relationships. Each has it's own way of understanding us as human beings and attempts to help provide a framework to work together in the context of the therapeutic relationship. 

I have a special interest and specialized training in the treatment of traumatic experiences and their aftereffects. 

EMDR 

EMDR, or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is an integrative form of therapy that is recognized as an effective form of trauma treatment in numerous practice guidelines worldwide.  In the US, this includes organizations such as the American Psychiatric Association and Department of Defense.  More than twenty randomized studies support the effectiveness of the therapy in the treatment of PTSD.  Further, more than twenty randomized studies have demonstrated positive effects of the eye movements. EMDR is a comprehensive, integrative psychotherapy approach. It contains elements of many effective psychotherapies in structured protocols that are designed to maximize treatment effects. These include psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, interpersonal, experiential, and body-centered therapies.

EMDR psychotherapy is an information processing therapy, meaning it has to do with how we store, and re-live memory through thought. It uses an eight phase approach to address the experiential contributors of a wide range of pathologies. It attends to the past experiences that have set the groundwork for pathology, the current situations that trigger dysfunctional emotions, beliefs and sensations, and the positive experience needed to enhance future adaptive behaviors and mental health. 

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Currently research is studying EMDR's effectiveness with a range of mental health conditions. Clinicians have reported success using EMDR in treatment of the following conditions:

  • Panic attacks
  • Complicated grief
  • Dissociative disorders
  • Disturbing memories
  • Phobias
  • Pain disorders
  • Performance anxiety
  • Stress reduction
  • Addictions
  • Sexual and/or Physical abuse
  • Body dysmorphic disorders
  • Personality Disorders

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