Hi, I'm Laura. I'm passionate about seeing those struggling with trauma and burnout find their hope and identity again.
Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver, CO
Think about it like this. Your brain is like a file cabinet, and all your memories are files. What you had for lunch last Tuesday, a day you played with your friends at age 7, etc. A traumatic memory is like a file that gets crumpled up and shoved into the cabinet, and it's going to make a mess. Through bi-lateral stimulation and structured conversation, EMDR helps smooth that file out, so it can go back into the cabinet correctly. Memories are still there, but no longer run your life.
The "brief" in SFBT simply means that any session could be our last, and that's true. People move, get busy, start new jobs with new schedules, and change insurances every day. So I want to make sure that you get something real and practical out of every single session, and that it helps change your life a little bit between now and our next session.
So often our minds run wild with thoughts, feelings, and assumptions that end up causing more harm than good. I can help you break those down and decide how you want to engage in your daily life with intention.
One of my specialties is working with other therapists and healthcare professionals through burnout and compassion fatigue. I've been there, and I get it. I have a variety of resources for burnout, including an online course and my individual coaching program that is more focused on burnout and time-limited. We can talk about what might be the best option for you.
I shared a bit of my story with Christianity above, but in general I love to explore spirituality with clients. I integrate EMDR into this work for spiritual/religious trauma as well.
I practice EMDR therapy with clients who have PTSD or PTSD-like symptoms. Through EMDR, we are able to go deeper than your intelligent adult brain, into the body and emotions that make trauma so hard to deal with for so long. I am trauma-informed in all of the work I do.
I work with anxiety in a phased approach. 1. I'll teach you how to calm your system in the moment. 2. We start working backward to find the root of the anxiety. 3. We probably have to deal with the trauma that started it all (I know....sorry). 4. Practice integrating what you've learned and your coping skills to help manage anxiety in the future.