Individual Counseling

Trauma Can Obstruct Your Path.

Has a recent or past traumatic event left you struggling?

You want to feel calm, connected and capable, but you don’t know how to get there. You feel trapped – like you just can’t get out of this bad dream. You feel blah – like you have no get-up-and-go. You have lost your inner wisdom and are on edge too often, affecting those around you. You snap at people and then feel guilty. You don’t feel like yourself lately and are spacey and forgetful. You feel like things that used to help you like hobbies or exercise are not really working and that scares you.

You feel incapable of handling life.

Your life feels fragmented – there’s your work self, partner self, parent self, friend self but they can’t connect. You may feel afraid to reflect or talk about painful things from the past because you fear they will overwhelm you and be too much. Besides, the past should stay in the past! You feel ashamed that it’s been long enough – you should be over it already – but those feelings just won’t go away. It’s hard to admit this to anyone, even those you love and trust. There’s nothing wrong with needing help. You’re human.

There is nothing wrong with you.

You just need help working through something that was really intense. This kind of help will enable you to feel like the past is in the past so you can feel like yourself again. You can learn to weather life’s ups and downs and harness your abilities. You can feel like you’re connecting and relating with the important people in your life. You can feel like you’re okay and not crazy. The answers to your distress lie within you, not outside of you. By accessing your inner wisdom, you can feel calm. You can feel connected and capable again.

You are ready for help.

You are a successful and driven professional who often feels like an imposter. You have secrets you feel you need to keep, or perhaps you experienced a terrifying event like a car accident, natural disaster, sexual assault, robbery, or traumatic loss. It’s taking a lot of energy to keep a lid on these feelings. You want and know you need help. You long to feel more freedom to be your true self and want to feel more capable in all areas of your life. There is no shame in seeking help, and you are motivated to get it.

Has a recent or past traumatic event left you struggling?

You want to feel calm, connected and capable, but you don’t know how to get there. You feel trapped – like you just can’t get out of this bad dream. You feel blah – like you have no get-up-and-go. You have lost your inner wisdom and are on edge too often, affecting those around you. You snap at people and then feel guilty. You don’t feel like yourself lately and are spacey and forgetful. You feel like things that used to help you like hobbies or exercise are not really working and that scares you.

You feel incapable of handling life.

Your life feels fragmented – there’s your work self, partner self, parent self, friend self but they can’t connect. You may feel afraid to reflect or talk about painful things from the past because you fear they will overwhelm you and be too much. Besides, the past should stay in the past! You feel ashamed that it’s been long enough – you should be over it already – but those feelings just won’t go away. It’s hard to admit this to anyone, even those you love and trust. There’s nothing wrong with needing help. You’re human.

There is nothing wrong with you.

You just need help working through something that was really intense. This kind of help will enable you to feel like the past is in the past so you can feel like yourself again. You can learn to weather life’s ups and downs and harness your abilities. You can feel like you’re connecting and relating with the important people in your life. You can feel like you’re okay and not crazy. The answers to your distress lie within you, not outside of you. By accessing your inner wisdom, you can feel calm. You can feel connected and capable again.

You are ready for help.

You are a successful and driven professional who often feels like an imposter. You have secrets you feel you need to keep, or perhaps you experienced a terrifying event like a car accident, natural disaster, sexual assault, robbery, or traumatic loss. It’s taking a lot of energy to keep a lid on these feelings. You want and know you need help. You long to feel more freedom to be your true self and want to feel more capable in all areas of your life. There is no shame in seeking help, and you are motivated to get it.

EMDR and Somatic Therapy

You can learn the tools and resources to feel calm, connected and capable. It’s already inside of you, and I will teach you how to unlock it. Although we will be talking a lot, I don’t just provide traditional talk therapy. A very effective tool that I use combines two therapeutic techniques – EMDR and somatic therapy.

EMDR is a proven technique that helps facilitate trauma healing. It’s a technique that systematically helps us focus on specific trauma targets that feel charged and cause discomfort for you. I combine this method with somatic therapy, or body centered therapy, because I have found that it enhances the standard method of EMDR. In other words, you may have noticed that your distress and dis- ease impacts not only the your thoughts but your body as well. EMDR and somatic therapy help bring a sense of calm and resolution to your whole system – both body and mind.

We will work collaboratively with one another to design experiences that will generate a sense of calmness, connection and capacity in your whole being. Much like the body knows what to do when you get a cut, the psyche is no different. For the cut to heal, one needs to clean the wound and let it takes its time to heal. The psyche has that capacity as well – it just needs to be provided with the conditions to heal. EMDR combined with somatic therapy provide those optimal conditions.

4 Phases of Somatic EMDR Work

  • Collaborative Treatment Planning – In other words, what are you wanting help with? We work collaboratively to get clarity around this question.
  • Resourcing/Preparation – Now that we’ve defined what we’re working on, we lay the necessary groundwork by establishing resources for you. Think of resources as sources of strength and wisdom that function as your guides.
  • Processing – We go into the traumatic experience in a very targeted and systematic way and draw upon your already established resources to help guide you through this process. Each processing session elicits new learning and taps into your inner wisdom.
  • Installation/Anchoring – After each processing session, we will “install” or “anchor” in the new learning and wisdom that was cultivated and revealed. In follow-up sessions, we will check to see if this new learning is being retained.

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