APPROACH

I am a Humanistic Existential Therapist which basically means that I focus on positive growth versus pathology. I believe that people have everything that they need within them already to heal. I use empathy and unconditional positive regard to illuminate clients good behaviors. All people have self awareness and the ability to choose how they act. I also utilize Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and EMDR as additional tools throughout the therapeutic process. 

Our relationship will always be about you feeling safe, seen and heard. We will figure out you goals and needs and make a plan for you to attain them. During therapy I will really listen to you and at times mirror back what I see and hear.  I will help you gain a better understanding of your life and explore what actions you might take if need be. We will look at your core values to help you live an authentic life with integrity. 

Therapy is meant to end when the client has healed. All people grow at their own pace and some clients prefer to have long term therapy. It is my goal to help you move on when you are ready. We will discuss termination and I will weave in closure at the end of our journey together. That being said, I will always be available to you in the future.

 

 

THEORETICAL ORIENTATION

HUMANISTIC EXISTENTIAL THERAPY

The focus is on positive growth versus pathology. The belief is   that people have everything that they need within them already to heal.  empathy and unconditional positive regard to illuminate clients good behaviors. All people have self awareness and the ability to choose how they act.

The humanistic therapist views human nature as basically good, with a potential to maintain healthy, meaningful relationships and to make choices that are in the best interest of oneself and others. Therapy involves guiding clients to free themselves from assumptions and positions that might be blocking them from living fuller lives. The goal in this type of therapy is to assist people in being their true self, to self actualize.

The Existential therapist guides/accompanies clients to find philosophical meaning while they face anxiety. This is done by exploring the importance of choosing to think and act authentically and responsibly. This type of therapist believes the fundamental problems clients face are rooted in anxiety over isolation, loneliness, despair, and, eventually, death. The existential therapist assumes that all people have the capacity for self awareness, each person has a unique identity that only can be known through relationships with others, people must continually recreate themselves because life's meaning always changes and anxiety is part of the human condition.

 

EMDR THERAPY

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a therapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences.  EMDR therapy allows the mind to heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma.  The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health.       When a person is traumatized their system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound is never fully processed and the mid brain continues to stay activated.  Once the block is removed, healing resumes and the brain is able to process, moving the information up to the prefrontal cortex.  Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR therapy training sessions, clinicians help clients activate their natural healing processes. Healing can occur in as few as three sessions.

EMDR therapy is an eight-phase treatment. After the clinician has determined which memory to target first, she asks the client to hold different aspects of that event or thought in their mind while the therapist provides bilateral stimulation.  As this happens, clients begin to process the memory and disturbing feelings.   The goal of EMDR therapy is that client's feel empowered by the very experiences that once held them back.  Clients still have the memory of experiences but no longer feel triggered by the memory or have the same negative beliefs or somatic distress attached to the memory.