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    I provide individual counseling sessions with adults of any age.

    In my work, I combine psychotherapy, biopsychology, holistic practice, and behavioral change to help people heal problems stored in different areas of the mind, brain, and body.

    Focus and Skills

    Areas of Focus

    I work with clients on issues of:

    • complicated trauma, pts/d, anxiety, and dysregulation
    • chronic pain, medical trauma, injury and disease, and bio-psychological issues like insomnia, fibromyalgia, and migraine.
    • attachment disruption, abuse, neglect, and personality disorder
    • life transition, transformation, aspirational goals, and habit change.

    Specialized skills and multiple modalities:

    • Talk therapy
    • EMDR trained
    • Somatic Experiencing, Advanced level practioner
    • Attachment Theory
    • Evolutionary Biology
    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
    • Mindfulness
    • Breathwork, certification
    • Meditation, certification
    • Additional Specialized Training
    • Chronic Pain training
    • Migraine treatment
    • Project Management Professional

    Working Up and Down the Mind, Brain, and Body

    There are different parts and systems of the mind, brain, and body, all with differing functions. Its necessary to use treatment modalities specific to each area to access and then heal the life experience stored in each region

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    Counseling Components

    Psychotherapy  is a general term that means the interaction between a trained professional and a client using a wide range of non-medical tools for the purpose of improving one’s experience of life. During psychotherapy, you learn about your feelings, thoughts, relationships, and behaviors. Psychotherapy helps you experience life more fully and respond to challenging situations with healthy coping skills.

    Biopsychology studies the interaction between our physiology and our thoughts, feelings, behavior, and self-understanding. Within this field, neuro-psychology uses the structure and function of the brain and nervous system to understand specific psychological, emotional, physical, and behavioral processes.

    Holistic Practice  refers to a diverse field of alternative medicine in which the “whole person” is taken into consideration, not just the symptom or malady. In this view, the body, mind, spirit and emotions are considered intimately interconnected as a system and are treated as a whole in the quest for optimal health and wellness. Specifically, I use breath, meditation, visioning, and sound with clients to improve life functioning.

    Behavioral Change is the process of noticing personal habits and attitudes, comparing the current habit to the behavior you actually value and wants to achieve, and then adjusting thoughts and actions to help make a change. We combine a lot of different information and tools to do this work. We use cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, intention setting, organization, as well as the study of habit change to assess and adapt cues, craving, response, and reward. We discuss the dopamine feedback system. We use principles of neuroplasticity to build and prune neural networks.

    Definitions of Modalities

    Talk therapy – The purpose of talk therapy is to help people identify issues in oneself or one’s life. Together we identify and understand your thoughts, emotions, and physical experience inside yourself and out in the world. We talk with one another, listen to each other, be together, and use our relationship to hopefully create a safe place for you to exist and explore.

    EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) – EMDR is a research-based psychotherapy treatment designed to alleviate the effects of traumatic memories, process through unresolved emotion, and bring troubling experiences into resolution. It uses the existing processing system of the brain, focus on specific experience, combined with bilateral stimulation, which stimulates communication between the left and right hemisphere of the brain. For more information, please visit www.emdr.com, the official website of the EMDR institute.

    Somatic Experiencing – Somatic Experiencing is a body-based treatment used to locate and release defensive responses of fight/flight/freeze that have become stuck in the body. S/E is a non-invasive process of noticing and experiencing based on the physiological and psychological understanding of how trauma is held in the body. For more information, please visit www.traumahealing.org, the official website of the Somatic Experiencing Institute.

    Attachment theory – the study of how people attach or connect in relationship based on interactions with early care givers. Typically, people have repeated patterns of attachment based on early learning which affects how we relate to others and ourselves in early years and then further into adult life. The need to attach is hard-wired in mammals as part of our survival mechanism.

    Evolutionary Biology – https://www.nature.com/subjects/evolutionary-biology

    Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) – https://www.apa.org/ptsd-guideline/patients-and-families/cognitive-behavioral

    Mindfulness https://www.mindful.org/what-is-mindfulness

    Breathwork – There are many types of breathwork. In general, breathwork is the process of using your breath in a variety of techniques to either calm, invigorate, release, or clear the body and integrate with the mind.

    Meditation – There are many types of meditation each with different functions. In general, meditation is a way of going inward with the intention to tune in and pay attention to thoughts, emotions, or energy in the body in order to become conscious of what is happening in you and how you relate to the world around you.

    Additional Specialized Training

    Chronic Pain – Ongoing study of the treatment of chronic pain with specific attention to associative neural networks (neurobiology), ACT (Acceptance and Commitment therapy, the work and study of Dr. Michael Moscowitz, M.D., and research studies on integrated medicine.

    Migraine Treatment – trained with Steven Marcus, who completed a successful clinical test using an integrated approach to interrupt migraine without medical intervention. http://www.emdrwest.com/Articles/emdr-migrainesStudy.pdf

    Project Management Professional – certified Project Manager through the Project Management Institute, PMI, https://www.pmi.org, PMP license #1494916