The darkest nights
produce the brightest stars.

Integrated Psychotherapy for children and adults 

My experience has demonstrated that Play Therapy is the most effective and powerful way to help children express feelings and needs. I use Play Therapy in combination with other modalities such as sand tray therapy, cognitive skill building and mindfulness with children of all ages. This type of therapy involves the use of toys as tools for self-expression and change. 

I use an integration of developmental and attachment theories to guide my work with children, adolescents and adults. What this means is that sometimes a person’s optimal development is overwhelmed by traumatic experiences and the limited self-beliefs that occur in trauma. In getting to the roots of some of the dysfunctional patterns in a person's life they are given an opportunity to let go of them and create life from a more intentional place. 

Adaptive Internal Relational (AIR) Network Therapy

Is a framework for therapy designed for treating complex trauma and dissociative patterns. This is a competency based approach grounded in clinical study by experts in treating survivors of early childhood trauma (also called Developmental Trauma). It emphasizes a neurological understanding of trauma and dissociation. Clients who live with complex neuro-dissociative states have  different relational and therapeutic needs from those who have trauma histories without more complex types of dissociation. For more information on AIR visit http://www.mwtraumacenter.com/adaptive-internal-relational-model-overv.

EMDR Therapy with children and adults

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing) is a well-researched form of psychotherapy that is used to help transform the effects of trauma. Trauma is any experience that overwhelms a person's ability to cope.  Examples of trauma include an accident, family change, or abuse. This therapy can be used with children and adults.  I have been using EMDR since 2009.   

EMDR is a psychotherapy treatment developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro to help people heal from trauma. EMDR therapy integrates elements of many traditional psychological orientations and is based on the premise that the body's usual manner of processing through experiences is blocked during trauma. Therefore, traumatic memories are stored differently than other kinds of memories. Traumatic memories get locked in the brain with the original picture, sounds, thoughts, feelings and body sensations. Whenever a reminder of the traumatic event comes up, those pictures, thoughts, feelings, and sensations can continue to be triggered.

According to Dr. Shapiro, many emotional problems and disorders are manifestations of these unprocessed trauma memories that are stored in the brain.

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I am EMDR certified and provide comprehensive EMDR services to persons of all ages. I have special training in working with pre-verbal and developmental trauma, in addition to adaptations for use of EMDR with children. My areas of expertise are developmental re-parenting of the self, integration of spiritual and energy based resources, and providing a compassionate grounding space to review and release emotionally charged memories.

If you are a Black, Indigenious, or Person of Color, I respect your need for culturally specific mental health services to address racialized trauma. I would be happy to assist you in finding referrals that meet your needs.

 

EMDR Consultation for Professionals 

I am an EMDRIA approved consultant. I provide consultation for certification in EMDR in both individual and group formats. My consultation is useful for deepening your understanding and practice of basic EMDR skills, with a specialty area in working with children and adolescents. EMDR therapy works on helping the brain reprocess these traumatic memories, and as a result, alleviating the emotional and behavioral symptoms. EMDR therapy has a wide body of research supporting it, especially for the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. EMDR can be an effective treatment for children, adolescents and adults.

For more information on EMDR, visit EMDR Institute , or EMDR International Association.

Healing Through Energy work

In addition to traditional academic training in clinical work, I have also been a student of alternative and complementary approaches. I have been trained in understanding the chakra  (energy systems) of the body. This multi-dimensional framework allows me greater access to tools and perspectives for healing. This work has allowed me access to a field of deep acceptance, neutrality and compassion. It is my belief that these are the anchors of healing.

“Let difficulty transform you. And it will.
In my experience, we just need help in learning how not to run away.”

~Pema Chodron

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Other important notes about insurance and services

Rates for services: $160/ individual and family therapy ; $125/professional consultation 

I do not offer marriage therapy/couples counseling

I am an in-network provider with Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Preferred One. 

I am not in-network with Medica/UBH, Health Partners, Ucare, or Medical Assistance. I cannot accept PMAP's as payments, such as Blue Plus (BCBS/Medicaid plan).

I am not a Medicare provider. 

I can answer basic questions about my insurance contracts prior to us meeting, but it is suggested that you contact your plan to see if I am covered if you have questions about it.

If you would like to contact me to find out if therapy could be helpful for you or to schedule an appointment, please contact me here.