EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing) Therapy:
EMDR therapy is a cutting-edge technique that is an alternative to traditional talk therapy. EMDR therapy is a highly effective treatment for healing a wide range of challenges, including depression, trauma, grief and loss, anxiety, low self esteem, and sexual, emotional or physical assault, EMDR therapy enables clients to heal and reduce the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of distressing life experiences. I've witnessed dramatic results in my clients who have engaged in EMDR therapy. I have been providing EMDR therapy since 2016 and achieved my full EMDR certification in 2020. I'm excited to provide this unique & effective therapy to my clients! Go to my "Resources" page for more information about EMDR therapy.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is an innovative therapy that is based on the traditional Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Instead of the CBT method of striving to change the unhealthy thought patterns, ACT changes your relationship with your thoughts, feelings, bodily reactions, and memories. ACT teaches you to get perspective on your thoughts so you are not caught up and hooked by them. You will learn to observe and accept them in a nonjudgmental way through acceptance and mindfulness practices. Although pain is an inevitable part of life, ongoing suffering does not have to be. Often suffering occurs when we are caught up in negative thought patterns, avoiding experiences, and engaging in unhelpful actions. I work with clients to clarify what is most important in their lives and we identify specific actions that will help them meet their goals. ACT has been proven as an effective treatment for many issues, including depression, anxiety, pain management, loss, and OCD. Want to learn more about ACT? Go to my "Resources" page for articles and additional information.
Strengths Perspective/ Solutions-Focused Therapy:
I feel fortunate that I was introduced to the Strengths Perspective and Solutions-Focused Therapy very early in my career (during my first semester of graduate school at the University of Kansas!). Both the Strengths Perspective and Solutions-Focused Therapy focus on the client's strengths, abilities, and potential rather than their problems and pathologies. These perspectives have helped to shape my work with clients during the past 20 years. I firmly believe that every person has their unique set of strengths and skills. They are the experts on themselves, their past experiences, and where they want to go in their life. I want to journey with my clients. I can provide supportive coaching, a fresh perspective, feedback, and teach helpful skills, but I always start where the client is coming from. If I get the pleasure to meet with you, I want to hear your hopes and goals for therapy. I also want to explore the life areas that are going well for you. I want us to identify your strengths, so we may use them to help build your other life areas where you want to see growth.