I specialize in working with folks feeling unhappy, not like their normal selves, and who want to manage their emotions more effectively.
Counselor in Tacoma, WA
Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) is a specialized psychotherapeutic technique that is evidence-based and highly effective. It focuses on your present concern by addressing past emotionally-charged experiences that influence your current beliefs. For example, do you ever feel worthless even though you know you are a worthwhile person? EMDR processing helps you break through emotional blocks that keep you from living your best life.
Internal Family Systems (IFS) is an approach to therapy that looks at the different parts within the mind. Dr. Richard Schwartz developed this framework in response to clients' descriptions of experiencing various parts of themselves. He noticed that when extreme parts of self felt safe and listened to then they were less disruptive and the person experienced less stress. Mental parts take on roles, and each part is trying to in their own way to take care of the person.
The pandemic has taken a toll on relationships. It's hard to be without our normal supports, and it's hard to be around the same people constantly. Many of us need support to deal with what relationships or lack of relationships mean during the course of the pandemic.
I use EMDR reprocessing therapy to help people heal. EMDR is highly effective for treating a range of things from trauma to self esteem issues by getting to the emotional core of what's going on. EMDR lets us change things on a deep level when talking just isn't enough. Talk therapy often needs additional tools like EMDR to be fully effective.
Anxiety is the most common mental health symptom in the United States. First I teach my clients how to soothe anxiety with effective tools and strategies. Next I guide them through finding the wisdom and function of anxiety. Why does it arise? What is it telling us? When we learn how to befriend the feelings instead of pushing them away then we gain confidence and expand our world.