What is therapy like?
Therapy is a time for you to leave the busyness of life and enter into a safe place where you can be heard with compassion and known without judgement. Our first session will be a time to get to know each other and decide together how to use our time depending on your specific needs. Sometimes therapy can be short term and sometimes it will be longer, again all depending on what we decide together will meet your needs.
What does therapy cost?
The fee for all types of counseling services is $125 per clinical hour (50 min. for individual or couple and 45 min for play therapy/adolescent appointments.)I also have a sliding scale for which you may apply. These fees are granted to a limited number of applicants based on scheduling availability. I do not accept insurance but I can provide a bill for you to submit for out of network.
Is therapy confidential?
In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and psychotherapist. No information is disclosed without prior written permission from the client. However, there are some exceptions required by law to this rule. Exceptions include:
- Suspected child abuse or dependant adult or elder abuse. The therapist is required to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
- If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person. The therapist is required to notify the police.
- If a client intends to harm himself or herself. The therapist will make every effort to work with the individual to ensure their safety. However, if an individual does not cooperate, additional measures may need to be taken.
What is EMDR?
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables children and adults to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. Repeated studies show that by using EMDR people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma. When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound. If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes. The brain's information processing system naturally moves toward mental health. If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can causes intense suffering. Once the block is removed, healing resumes.
Eye movements (or other bilateral stimulation) are used as part of the 8 phase process while focusing on a target memory the clinician and client choose together. Internal associations arise and the clients begin to process the memory and disturbing feelings. In successful EMDR therapy, the meaning of painful events is transformed on an emotional level. For instance, a rape victim shifts from feeling horror and self-disgust to holding the firm belief that, "I survived it and I am strong." The insights clients gain in EMDR result from the client’s own accelerated intellectual and emotional processes rather than from clinician interpretation. The memories are not gone but the negative reaction patterns that have kept the client stuck are neutrilized. Their wounds have not just closed, they have transformed. As a natural outcome of the EMDR therapeutic process, the clients’ thoughts, feelings and behavior are all indicators of strengthened emotional health and resolution—all without speaking in detail or doing homework used in other therapies.