I view the therapeutic process as a collaboration. While you have come to seek consultation about the most challenging aspects of your life and relationships from a professional, as a professional, I know that the most profound changes come from a place of authenticity. And, only you hold the knowledge of your own authenticity. So, I also seek consultation from you. From that shared space, we explore who and what is most important to you. I help you clarify your whys - your values - and seek to create an atmosphere that enables you to build a life founded on what you know to be good, right and true and allied with those who support your vision. We embark on this collaboration within a space that is warm, compassionate, empathic, and empowering.
Part of our collaboration may also include the use of EMDR/TRM. Just as we seek to consult each other in conversation, we may also decide to utilize these tools in order to consult the body, imagination, emotions, and beliefs in ways that go beyond traditional talk therapy.
EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing and is a tool that was developed by psychologist, Dr. Francine Shapiro, in 1987. Dr. Shapiro discovered that, under certain conditions, eye movements hold the ability to diminish the intensity of difficult memories. Based on this recognition, she went on to develop a specific protocol for accessing and reprocessing such memories. Since that time, practitioners, such as Laura Parnell, have gone on to develop modified approaches to EMDR.
I received my EMDR level I, II, and III training through the Parnell Institute, and am a current member. Unique to many other EMDR trainings , I also received 9-months of continued, in-depth training and consultation through Southern California Counseling Center. There, subject matter was expanded during weekly training and our work with clients was supported through consultation to provide a truly integrative learning experience.
I use EMDR therapy for those seeking relief from the effects of early childhood abuse/neglect, medical trauma, or other overwhelming experiences, which still carry significant emotional charge regardless of time and/or previous therapy .
When a client is interested and ready to work in this way, EMDR has the power to act as an accelerator to the the therapeutic process.