Welcome to my therapy service page. My goal is to create a compassionate, non-judgmental, creative and safe therapeutic environment using techniques best suited to the individual client’s needs, strengths and wishes. My primary focus is the treatment of trauma, including developmental/attachment trauma, child abuse/neglect, and exposure to violence. I have an integrative approach in which I use evidenced-based modalities as well as a client’s innate wisdom to promote healing and lasting change. It is my belief that each human being has a profound potential for learning, growth, healing and personal transformation across the life span.
Some of the evidenced-based therapies I frequently incorporate into my work with clients include:
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral therapy (TF-CBT)
TF-CBT focuses on children and their caretakers/families and consists of several core treatment components that are designed to be provided in a flexible and developmentally appropriate manner to address the unique needs of each child and family. It is a relatively short-term treatment that may work in as few as 12 treatment sessions. Of course, treatment may be provided for longer periods depending on the child and family’s needs. There are individual sessions for the child and for the parents, as well as joint parent-child sessions. Additional information can be found at http://tfcbt.musc.edu.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Response)
EMDR therapy is recognized as effective in the treatment of trauma by the American Psychiatric Association and the US Department of Defense. It is a comprehensive and integrated therapy approach that combines some of the elements and protocols of psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, interpersonal, experiential and body-centered therapies. One of the procedural elements is a “dual stimulation” using bilateral touch, sound, or eye movement. EMDR is an “information processing therapy” that addresses past experiences that have set the groundwork for current emotional difficulties. Clients generally experience the emergence of insight, changes in memories, or new associations. EMDR can be used with children and adults. In 2013 the World Health Organization practice guidelines stated that trauma-focused CBT and EMDR are recommended for children, adolescents, and adults with PTSD. EMDR techniques help people reduce vivid, unwanted, and repeated recollections of traumatic events or related emotional reactivity. Additional information is available at: http://emdria.org.
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (MCBT)
MCBT helps clients see their patterns of thinking and recognize when they are starting to think negative thoughts or are becoming depressed. This is an approach that is meant to enhance, not to compete with, other forms of therapy or antidepressant medication. The heart of MCBT is gentle, systematic training in “mindfulness”. Mindfulness can take many forms and is a means of bringing direct, open awareness to what you are doing or thinking in any given moment. A client learns to non-judgmentally “tune-in” to whatever is happening in the mind, body, and in the environment, moment to moment. For MCBT to be effective, a client should commit to practice mindfulness techniques (e.g. meditation, yoga, journaling, etc.) outside of therapy sessions.
Due to concerns about client privacy, I no longer accept health insurance. I make every effort to keep the cost of my services to a minimum. My current rate is $95 for a 50 minute sessions and $150 for a 90 minute session. If a child is in foster care, my fee is $60 per 50 minute session.