... sooner or later she had to give up the hope for a better past.
— Irvin D. Yalom, Staring at the Sun: Overcoming the Terror of Death

I am a trauma specialist working with a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues providing services that span from therapy for depression and grief counseling to parental coaching, family counseling and beyond.  I integrate complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. I utilize therapeutic approaches including attachment theory, family-systems theory, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. With compassion and understanding, I work with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.  Whether you have lost hope, have recently been betrayed or are dealing with deep wounds from your childhood, my engaging and integrated style of therapy will help guide you on the journey to more freedom and healing. I have worked in a wide variety of settings which has allowed me to cultivate my clinical skills and versatility in the following areas.

Treatment specialization includes:

Could EMDR Help Me?

EMDR is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences.  Repeated studies show that by using EMDR people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference.

Traumas come in two forms, refered to as "Small-t's" and "Big-T's." Big-T's are the type of life-threatening traumas you are most likely to think of when you see the word trauma, such as:

  • Natural Disasters
  • Violent Sexual Assault
  • Physical, Sexual or Emotional Abuse
  • Combat-Trauma
  • Armed-Robbery
  • Assault & Battery
  • Car Accidents (car insurance will often pay for your therapy!)
  • Home Invasion
  • Domestic Violence

These single events can result in symptoms described as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), including difficulty sleeping, intrusive thoughts of the incident, an avoidance of anything that reminds you of the trauma, irritability, changes in personality, feelings of sadness and hopelessness, an exaggerated startle response, and even thoughts of suicide. EMDR is designed to address these "Big T" traumas quickly and efficiently. Twenty positive controlled outcome studies have been done on EMDR.  Some of the studies show that 84%-90% of single-trauma victims no longer have post-traumatic stress disorder after only three 90-minute sessions.  Another study, funded by the HMO Kaiser Permanente, found that 100% of the single-trauma victims and 77% of multiple trauma victims no longer were diagnosed with PTSD after only six 50-minute sessions.

Then there are the "Small-t" traumas. These are the traumas of life. And the truth is, you can't get through without experiencing small traumas throughout the way. Sometimes these small traumas build up over time and create a difficulty in our day to day functioning. When unresolved, small traumas from childhood can end up driving our present-day choices, rather than allowing us to make healthy, adaptive adult-driven choices. Research has shown that a lifetime of small-t trauma is more likely to result in symptoms of complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder than single-incident "Big-T" traumas. Examples of small-t traumas are so wide-ranging that providing a list is difficult, because trauma is defined by the way a persona experiences an event, not by the event itself. Some examples of small-t traumas or symptoms indicating EMDR could be helpful as part of your integrated treatment approach could include:

  • Family of Origin Dysfunction
  • Parental Alcohol or Drug Abuse
  • Eating Disorders
  • Feelings of Abandonment
  • Unresolved Childhood Disturbances & Distress
  • Attachment Issues
  • Divorce
  • Panic Attacks
  • Difficulty in Intimate Relationships
  • Medical Illness & Anxiety