I offer individual therapy for adults as well as children over the age of 6, with particular focus on ages 13 and up. I strongly believe that an effective therapy process is one in which the therapist works with the client's goals, interests, and personality to come up with an individualized plan that is the best fit for that client. Each session that you and I have will be tailor-made for where you are right now, and where you would like to go.
Areas of Specialization
My areas of specialization are below. These are areas in which I have in-depth training and experience. If you do not see your area of concern listed below, please don't hesitate to contact me and I will let you know whether I think my services might be a good match for your needs:
* Eating Disorders
* Professional issues (especially in the academic realm)
* Minority issues (related to race/ethnicity/gender/sexual orientation)
* Grief and loss
* Separation and divorce
* Serious illness (especially heart issues)
Therapy Modalities and Approaches
I am trained in and offer a variety of therapy approaches, some of which are described below. In addition to talk therapy, I may propose some or all of these modalities to you if they seem appropriate, and I am also receptive to your suggestion to incorporate any of them if you would so desire.
1- EMDR Therapy
Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy is a highly effective modality that helps individuals deal with traumas of any nature in a remarkably effective and profound way. It has been placed by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense in the "A" category as “strongly recommended” for the treatment of trauma. While the word "trauma" is often thought of in relation to events such as witnessing death, or experiencing assault, in fact, any event that affects our lives significantly can be viewed as traumatic. You can read and watch more about EMDR Therapy here: http://www.emdrhap.org/content/what-is-emdr/
In addition to the basic training in EMDR Therapy offered by the EMDR International Association, I have also been trained in EMDR protocols for children & adolescents, addictions, and pre-verbal memories.
2- Yoga Therapy
Yoga is a 5,000-year-old practice that includes breath control and specific bodily postures. A March 2015 study by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease and Prevention found that 21 million adults and 1.7 million children in the United States practice yoga for health and relaxation. Numerous studies have demonstrated that yoga can help reduce stress and anxiety, alleviate symptoms of depression, and enhance mood and overall sense of well-being. Incorporating breathing techniques and/ or particular movements from yoga may be something that would help you to access and shift feelings and patterns that no longer serve you. No previous experience with yoga is required, nor do you have to have a particular body type to reap the therapeutic benefits of yoga.
I am a certified yoga therapist (C-IAYT), hold a professional-level (advanced/ 500-hour) certification in yoga from the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox, MA (e-RYT 500), and conduct trainings on using yoga to help with emotional health (see "For Groups" for more on this).
3- Expressive Arts Therapy
Expressive Arts Therapy is a way of connecting with your inner wisdom, engaging in a journey of self-discovery, understanding emotions, and potentially experiencing emotional healing, all through artistic expression and the creative process. Just as the words in our conversations act as symbols (how many times have you found yourself searching for the perfect word to express exactly what you mean?), we can also express our thoughts and feelings in a variety of other ways, among them visual symbols. No artistic experience is required: the emphasis is on the process rather than the product.
I hold a certification in Expressive Arts Therapy from Sky Mountain Institute in Escondido, CA.