I have never done therapy. How does it work? How do I get started?
During our first session, I’ll gather information about any symptoms that you may be experiencing, learning more about your goals, along with some questions about your background that I feel is relevant. Because there is no size fits all, I like to tailor my treatment to your needs and I am more than happy to spend a couple of sessions getting you comfortable in the space.
What is your therapy style?
While I use different approaches in my clinical work, the most important thing is the therapeutic relationship (the relationship between you and me). Research shows that the number 1 factor in determining treatment success is rapport, which is the empathy and understanding between therapist and client. I model compassion, empathy, and non judgement as part of the transformative work.
My clients often share that I make them feel like they aren’t alone in their experiences and help them dig deep as part of their healing. You get to choose how we spend our session and talk about whatever comes to mind because I believe the brain reveals what it wants to heal. If it is important to you, then it is important to me.
If you feel stuck, I am more than happy to prompt and guide you by asking questions and pointing out patterns that I see in the therapy space.
What is EMDR?
EMDR stands for “Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing,” and it is an evidence based therapy to help people heal from distressing symptoms related to trauma.
When life events take place, our brains take the information, store it, create memories and perceptions. These perceptions can manifest as negative beliefs about the self and ongoing emotional discomfort. This is similar to a cluttered desk with old loose papers that can make it difficult to do work.
EMDR is a way to “jumpstart” the brain or put away those loose papers in their proper place by pulling in that old fragmented material to the surface, processing it, and putting it away in its proper place.
EMDR feels a little different than traditional talk therapy because you are accessing a lot all at once and you are experiencing sensations in the body as you process through the material. This is traditionally done through lateral eye movement but this same process can be achieved through butterfly tapping, swaying, and other creative techniques that I use.
EMDR can feel intense because you are lighting up that old trauma and processing through it fairly quickly, but clients often find more rapid resolution to their presenting symptoms and are able to form new and positive beliefs about themselves.
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What is your fee?
Free Initial 15 min phone consult
$185 for regular 45-50 min weekly sessions
$250 for 75 min weekly EMDR sessions