Providing psychotherapy for adults, with an emphasis on healing and recovery from trauma with the use of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), among other evidence-based therapies
With more than 15 years of clinical social work/psychotherapy experience and over 20 years in social work, I specialize in treating adults and older adults with a focus on recovery from trauma, both single incident and complex/developmental trauma. I am an EMDRIA-trained and EMDRIA-certified EMDR therapist with additional training in Attachment-Focused EMDR, the Flash Technique, Resourcing Installments, and DeTUR EMDR technique for the treatment of substance use disorders and behavioral addictions.
My approach: I provide individual and couples psychotherapy via teletherapy/videotherapy to clients residing within the state of California. I provide a comprehensive assessment to start the therapeutic process. A treatment plan is then customized to each client's needs and therapy goals, and typically consists of 6 - 12 sessions, with additional sessions as needed. Treatment is comprised of a customized combination of evidence-based talk therapy with a primary focus and use of EMDR, a somatic brain-based therapy. As a therapist, I am warm, supportive, empathetic, and provide a safe, non-judgemental space for healing and recovery.
In addition to my experience providing in-person therapy, I now have more than two years experience providing safe, accessible psychotherapy/EMDR via telehealth. At this time I am only seeing clients remotely via telehealth.
Specialties and Areas of Treatment:
Motor vehicle accidents
Permanent brain change
Fee Schedule and Payment Policy
Fee of $150 per individual or $200 per couple for each 50 minute session. All payments are to be made at the time of service. Insurance is not currently accepted. For those with PPO insurance, I can provide a superbill for reimbursement purposes.
To avoid a cancellation fee, all cancellations must be made at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled session time. Cancellations made after 24 hours and no shows are subject to the full fee for the session.
"Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an extensively researched, effective psychotherapy method proven to help people recover from trauma and other distressing life experiences, including PTSD, anxiety, depression, and panic disorders.
EMDR therapy does not require talking in detail about the distressing issue or completing homework between sessions. EMDR therapy, rather than focusing on changing the emotions, thoughts, or behaviors resulting from the distressing issue, allows the brain to resume its natural healing process.
EMDR therapy is designed to resolve unprocessed traumatic memories in the brain. For many clients, EMDR therapy can be completed in fewer session than other psychotherapies."
"EMDR is a psychotherapy technique designed to relieve the distress associated with disturbing memories. Short for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, it involves recalling a specific troublesome experience while following a side-to-side visual stimulus delivered by the therapist. The resulting lateral eye movements are thought to help reduce the emotional charge of the memory so that the experience can be safely discussed, digested, and stripped of the power to trigger anxiety and avoidance."
"EMDR has been empirically demonstrated to be as efficacious as other specific PTSD treatments, such as trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy."
-- McGuire, Lee and Drummond. Psychol Res Behav Manag. 2014; 7: 273–283.
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