I am an EMDR trained therapist. EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It was first used in the 1980’s to treat symptoms of trauma in combat soldiers, but is now an evidence-based treatment for many different mental health concerns, from depression and anxiety, to addictions and even chronic pain. My certification in EMDR is through the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA), and I plan to continue with advanced training and certification in the future.
My undergraduate degrees are in Human Development and Family Studies. This trained me well in systems theories of counseling. I have experience working with families as a "family based therapist." This is a specific, and intensive therapy where a 2-person therapeutic team travels, working with families in their communities. This is typically a last attempt before a child would be taken from the home. I have extensive training in "ecosystemic structural family therapy."
Feminist therapy is used more widely than most people know. A big part of feminist therapy is empowerment, helping the client feel they are capable of creating a better life. I also am very much person-centered in my approach and strive to be culturally aware. I was trained in feminist theory while working in the world of domestic violence and sexual assault.
I have training and experience working with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault with a nonprofit organization. I have also worked as a facilitator for a group of men who had been violent against their female partners. Working with offenders was not easy, and although it was great experience, I prefer to work with victims, helping them heal and recover.
Anxiety is said to be the most diagnosed mental illness in the United States. I have worked with many clients on managing anxiety symptoms. Sometimes this requires healing from past traumas, tragedies, and hardships that seem to wire our bodies for stress, activating our "fight or flight" system, or sympathetic nervous system. This then prevents our "rest and digest" system, or parasympathetic nervous system, from operating correctly.
Psychological trauma occurs when our level of stress exceeds our ability to cope with that stress. Our subconscious minds develop patterns to help us survive, but these patterns are no longer helpful as we attempt to thrive, often leaving us feeling stuck in our current struggles. I am an EMDR trained therapist and most of my training in the past 2 years is surrounding treatment of PTSD, complex-PTSD, developmental PTSD, and other types of psychological trauma.