With You Every Step of the Way
First, I want to congratulate you on taking this crucial first step. Seeking therapy can be a daunting endeavor. I am here to accompany you on your path. While working with me, I want you to connect with your inner strength and resilience. You are a unique individual, and as such, you are the expert of your life. I want you to set your own goals, so we may build a treatment plan that suits your needs. I consider it an honor to walk beside you and provide you with tools to lighten your journey. I want to empower you as much as possible and allow you to take charge of your recovery. You may be asked to complete out-of-session assignments since practice will help bring about the desired changes. I provide individual counseling for adults and primarily treat anxiety, depression, insomnia, low self-esteem, single traumatic events, and PTSD.
If your emotional distress is due to disturbing past life experiences, then Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a good option. Unprocessed memories from the past may get triggered in the present; EMDR allows the brain to process these experiences and get you unstuck from unhealthy patterns in a relatively short amount of time. EMDR is a physiologically based therapy that will help you see disturbing material in a new and less distressing way. There is no need to go into detail about your trauma or distressing memories.
As a long-time sufferer of insomnia, I can relate to sleepless nights and the fear of not being able to function the next day. If you feel “wired but tired” and poor sleep has become an issue on its own, know that there is a short-term (6 to 8 sessions) evidenced-based treatment called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) which the American College of Physicians recommends as first-line treatment for adults with chronic insomnia.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) may be your preference if you are dealing with depression, anxiety, and/or low self-esteem. This modality was developed in the 1960s and is widely used for the treatment of mood disorders. This therapy is directed toward modifying the dysfunctional thoughts and behaviors which influence your mood. We will work on adding mindfulness practices and self-regulation techniques to further support your recovery.
If you are diagnosed with PTSD, another option is Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). CPT is a short-term (12 sessions on average) therapy aimed at teaching you how to think critically about what you have been saying to yourself regarding why the traumatic events happened. This type of trauma-focused cognitive therapy may force the frontal lobe online, which inhibits the amygdala and extreme emotional responses