No client is alike and no method works for everyone. Therefore, I integrate various modalities based on your unique needs and preferences. I may use one or more of the approaches listed below depending on your circumstances.
Accelerated Resolution Therapy
Accelerated Resolution Therapy is a similar approach to EMDR. This modality uses relaxing eye movements and a technique called Voluntary Memory/Image Replacement to change the way in which the negative images are stored in the brain as a result of trauma. This is a gentler and frequently quicker way of resolving depression, anxiety, phobias, panic attacks, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance abuse, sexual abuse, and many other conditions. Clients do not even have to talk about their traumas or difficult life experiences with the therapist to achieve recovery. Additional resources: www.acceleratedresolutiontherapy.com
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an evidence based treatment for trauma. Trauma is defined broadly from rejection, abandonment, and bulling to verbal, sexual, and physical abuse to trauma from illness or accident. In addition, EMDR can be helpful in treating anxiety, phobias, addictions, and grief & loss. EMDR is based on bi-lateral stimulation which taps into one’s natural healing processes. I am EMDR Certified Therapist. Additional resources: www.emdria.org or www.emdr.com
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy in which negative patterns of thought about the self and the world are challenged in order to alter unwanted behavior patterns or treat mood disorders such as depression and anxiety. CBT is “problem focused” (undertaken for specific problems) and “action oriented” (therapist tries to assist the client in selecting specific strategies to help address those problems). CBT also explores how thoughts influence feelings and actions.
Art Therapy is known to enhance the emotional and physical healing, promote self-awareness, improve self-esteem and assist with expression as well as containment of feelings. Most people report that they feel calmer and think clearer after engaging in some form of art or creative activity. No prior art experience is required or necessary. For more information visit: American Art Therapy Association
Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach
Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach (A-CRA), and evidence based treatment for adolescents that help clients to identify reinforcers for change and develop life skills such as goal-setting, problem-solving, communication, anger management, job-finding, drink-and-drug refusal, relapse prevention, and pro-social skills.
Thought Field Therapy
Thought Field Therapy (TFT) is based on taping certain meridian points on your body to alleviate negative emotions. This method is an excellent self-help tool for addressing stress, anxiety, fears, phobias, anger, urges, cravings for food and substances. TFT is easy to learn and practice, and it has no harmful side effects. After TFT most clients report feeling calmer, clearer, and more detached. I have been trained in Roger Callaghan’s technique. For more information visit: www.rogercallahan.com/
Alpha-Stim® SCS can be an alternative to medication in treating anxiety, depression, stress, and insomnia. A very low microcurrent waveform is applied by easy-to-use clip electrodes that attach to your earlobes. At present, there have been over 125 research studies on CES conducted with positive results. For more information visit: www.alpha-stim.com/the-alpha-stim-scs/