What is EMDR?
According to EMDRIA (2011) "EMDR is an evidence-based psychotherapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In addition, successful outcomes are well-documented in the literature for EMDR treatment of other psychiatric disorders, mental health problems, and somatic symptoms. The model on which EMDR is based, Adaptive Information Processing (AIP), posits that much of psychopathology is due to the maladaptive encoding of and/or incomplete processing of traumatic or disturbing adverse life experiences. This impairs the client’s ability to integrate these experiences in an adaptive manner. The eight-phase, three-pronged process of EMDR facilitates the resumption of normal information processing and integration. This treatment approach, which targets past experience, current triggers, and future potential challenges, results in the alleviation of presenting symptoms, a decrease or elimination of distress from the disturbing memory, improved view of the self, relief from bodily disturbance, and resolution of present and future anticipated triggers."
As a marriage and family therapist (LMFT) I have been formerly trained in couples thereapy at the gradute level as well as in internship and residency. LMFT's are unique in that we are required to have (typically) half or more of our experience in residency working with couples and families. I am a trained facilitator for Prepare and Enrich use Gottman methods, and Emotional Focused Therapy (EFT). Couples therapy makes up 40-60% of my caseload during any given week. For Couples Therapy I require a no secrets contract to be signed by everyone involved so that we are transparent with eachother. I do not willingly provide notes for court, custody, or divorce. I do not take court ordered couples therapy cases. I often request that both spouses or partners are seeing individual therapists as well. I do not provide couples therapy when domestic violence is present in the relationship..
As a licenced Marriage and Family therapist I have been formerly trained in Family Therapy at the graduate level as well as in internship and residency. LMFT's are unique in that we are required to have (typically) half or more of our experience in residency working with couples and families. As an LMFT I typically view situations and patterns as systemic and relational. I believe that no problem or sollution happens in isolation from relationships. For family therapy I require a no secrets contract to be signed by everyone involved so that we are transparent with eachother. I do not willingly provide notes for court, custody, or divorce. I do not take court ordered family therapy cases.
Occassionaly I will offer group therapy for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia, Mindfullness, Hypnotherapy, and so on. When these groups are availabile I will post them to this page.