As a trauma therapist, I provide trauma therapy utilizing a variety of techniques developed to treat clients who experience symptoms of trauma. I am trained in EMDR therapy, which stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. EMDR therapy was developed specifically to work with clients for whom traditional talk therapy was not effective, and I have had so many clients find healing through it who had tried traditional talk therapy in the past with no success.
In addition to EMDR therapy, I am also trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, or DBT. DBT was created to help stabilize clients in crisis, and give them tools to help them respond more skillfully in their daily lives. DBT is firmly rooted in the practice of mindfulness, which is the practice of developing the ability to remain present and grounded while noticing whatever thoughts and emotions arise without judgment.
Another technique that I am trained in is the practice of Psychodrama. Psychodrama is one of the earliest forms of group therapy, and utilizes dramatic techniques to concretize complex abstract concepts. Psychodrama is based on the idea that therapy should be done in action, and recent research on effective treatments of trauma have found that integrating movement into therapy is highly effective with individuals who have experienced trauma. I have found psychodrama to be a powerful tool in helping individuals connect with their emotions, and find new ways of expressing those emotions.
Beyond simply working with trauma, I provide relationship counseling using Emotionally-Focused Therapy. This unique approach to working with couples focuses on developing and strengthening the attachment between partners, and teaching them how to communicate openly and vulnerably with each other to deepen the intimacy and sense of connection within the relationship.
I also provide counseling specifically to the LGBTQ+ community around issues of gender, sexuality, transitioning, and identity. In addition to my own experience as a queer-identified person, I have extensive training in the issues facing the community, and continue to be actively involved in developing more affirming practices for clinicians to use when working with LGBTQ+ clients.