I offer a complimentary, 10-20 minute phone consultation prior to you scheduling an initial session in order to help me understand your goals for therapy and to answer any questions you have.
After intake documents have been completed, we will meet for 50-60 minutes over a secure video where I will spend time getting to know you and your reasons for starting therapy. I will provide an assessment of your mental health and make treatment recommendations. This visit is a great opportunity for you to ask additional questions to make sure this treatment relationship is a good fit.
Telehealth is a great way to attain care that is accessible, affordable, and reliable. Telehealth is offered on a secure video platform, and the results from this form of counseling are similar to in-person visits. Please keep in mind that not all clients will be clinically appropriate for this level of care, and I will evaluate and recommend a higher level of care if clinically indicated.
Regular mindfulness practice is believed to help reduce suffering, increase self-compassion, and increase gratitude, grow more acceptance, and make adaptive changes in our lives. Mindfulness-based interventions are generally aimed at relieving symptoms of stress, anxiety, addiction, other mental health concerns, and even physical pain. I find that mindfulness of thought is a powerful concept, which is a practice that can help us notice our thoughts and increase awareness of our inner experiences without judgement.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is an extensively researched, effective psychotherapy method proven to help people recover from trauma and other distressing life experiences. EMDR therapy shows that the mind can heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma. When you break a bone, for example, your body responds with pain. Once the injury is properly treated, the body will work to properly heal. EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes. If our adaptive information system is blocked or imbalanced by a disturbing event, the emotional wound can become blocked and cause intense suffering. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR therapy training sessions, I help clients activate their natural healing processes. To read more about EMDR, please check out https://www.emdria.org/about-emdr-therapy/.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a modified type of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). DBT aims to teach people how to live in the moment, develop healthy ways to cope with stress, regulate their emotions, and improve their relationships with others. The four main sections of DBT are mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, and emotion regulation. I co-facilitated a DBT-based treatment group for a number of years while working in community mental health.