Licensed Clinical Social Worker
With almost fifteen years of experience as a helping professional I’ve become skilled at serving others with a variety of needs by starting where they are at in their journey. My experience includes serving domestic violence victims as a victim advocate, walking hospice patients and their families down an incredibly difficult road, and counseling clients and their families during residential and partial hospitalization treatment stays.
Since moving to North Carolina from Florida five years ago I’ve been privileged to serve locally with mobile crisis, at the emergency department, and also to provide outpatient counseling in a community mental health setting.
Life can be hard at times for all of us. I believe at our core we genuinely want to be loved and love others in return. There are so many things that can get in the way of this seemingly simple goal. Sometimes it’s depression, anxiety, life transitions that can be expected or unexpected. I also believe where we come from shapes how we interact with the world.
Whatever it is that has brought you to a place where you desire counseling support, I’m a believer that there’s purpose in pain and it has something to teach you. Let’s figure it out together!
Services provided include psychotherapy to address trauma, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, life transitions, problem solving, forgiveness, communication and relational issues.
Modalities include CBT, Mindfulness, EMDR, and Brief solution focused therapy.
• Licensed clinical social worker (LCSW)
What is EMDR therapy?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a type of therapy that is gaining popularity for its ability to provide healing in a time limited and very effective way. The EMDR institute states on their website:
“More than 30 positive controlled outcome studies have been done on EMDR therapy. 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. In another study, 77% of combat veterans were free of PTSD in 12 sessions. There has been so much research on EMDR therapy that it is now recognized as an effective form of treatment for trauma and other disturbing experiences by organizations such as the American Psychiatric Association, the World Health Organization and the Department of Defense. Given the worldwide recognition as an effective treatment of trauma, you can easily see how EMDR therapy would be effective in treating the “everyday” memories that are the reason people have low self-esteem, feelings of powerlessness, and all the myriad problems that bring them in for therapy. Over 100,000 clinicians throughout the world use the therapy. Millions of people have been treated successfully over the past 25 years.”
Sometimes when we think of trauma we think of big traumas like things we see on the news or soldiers going to war. Many of us do have big traumas. Did you know that many other experiences can be processed as trauma by our brain without us knowing? Some of the areas in life that we feel we can’t overcome may be stored as trauma for us. We don’t go through life unscathed. Many of our experiences as a child shape us into adulthood in positive and negative ways. EMDR can help to assist us in responding differently and to change the way we view ourselves and our memories. As you can see, it’s very effective and widely researched.
Call for a free 15 minute consultation and see if EMDR will be a fit for you!