I work with adults on issues of stress, anxiety, and relationship concerns all the time, and support those who are facing major life challenges, including loss of loved ones, traumatic events, and divorce or separation. Regardless of circumstance, my goal is to help my clients reduce stress and overwhelm, and increase a sense of stability and well-being.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR involves a protocol of using Bi-Lateral Stimulation while targeting distressing material and impacts the way the brain processes, generally increasing objectivity and a sense of resolution.
I am a Certified EMDR Therapist through EMDRIA, the EMDR International Association, and I participate in ongoing consultation and training with leaders in the field. Since 2015, I have assisted Craig Penner, LMFT as he trains therapists nationally and internationally in Somatic Focused EMDR Therapy.
My passion for grief counseling comes from years of experience at Camarillo Hospice, where I supported adults, children, teens, and couples through the wilderness of parent, spouse, child, sibling, and friend loss. I have worked with people facing a broad spectrum of loss experiences, including those whose loved one died after long illnesses, by suicide, or unexpectedly in accidents or other ways. I believe one of my roles as a grief counselor is supporting my clients in their search for meaning after loss, and am involved with continual training through The Sacred Art of Living and Dying program in Oregon.
Somatic Experiencing, pioneered by Dr. Peter Levine, is a naturalistic form of healing that helps release physiological activation from the body. Very often this process reduces symptoms of stress in the nervous system and helps stabilize the body and mind. I am a Somatic Experiencing Advanced Level Participant, and receive ongoing training and consultation in this modality.
To learn more about EMDR, visit www.emdria.org. To learn more about Somatic Experiencing, go to www.traumahealing.org, or read Dr. Peter Levine's book In An Unspoken Voice. You can learn more about the impact of trauma on the nervous system, and various trauma therapies to mitigate its impact, by reading Dr. Bessel van der Kolk's book The Body Keeps the Score.
To contact me, call or text 805-223-5219, or email me at email@example.com