Integrative Mental Health Care
Individual therapy is a joint process between a person in therapy and your therapist. The most popular form of therapy, we will work together one on one to identify what you would like to change or understand about yourself. You will be in the driver's seat, taking charge of your own journey in reaching your goals. My role as your therapist is to help guide you when you're feeling stuck, to walk by your side through your experiences, and to help you identify patterns that may arise.
What can you expect to happen during individual therapy? During the first session, we will speak about what you hope to seek by attending therapy. This can include background information about you as well as your goals, hopes for therapy, and obstacles you are facing. During this time it is also beneficial to determine if we will be a good fit. After the initial session, we will work collaboratively toward your therapeutic goals.
Individual therapy is an eclectic form of therapy that includes all sorts of modalities. It is not specified to just EMDR or past trauma but includes aspects of all types of therapy that fit your particular needs. I enjoy using psychodynamic, IFS, ACT, mindfulness, CBT, DBT, and other modalities as necessary.
More information: https://www.goodtherapy.org/learn-about-therapy/modes/individual-therapy
In partnership with Journey Clinical, I’m pleased to offer collaborative, personalized Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) to new and established clients. KAP is a unique therapeutic method used to address a variety of mental health conditions, including depression, post-traumatic stress, chronic pain, addiction, and some forms of anxiety. It involves the use of ketamine to enhance and deepen the therapeutic process, and the use of psychotherapy and other integrative forms of treatment to amplify and prolong the curative effects of ketamine. Preparation sessions are required before dosing. I will refer you to an in-house provider who will prescribe the ketamine.
The ketamine dosing session itself can typically last up to 3 hours and occurs every 2-6 weeks. While there are many possible routes of administration, we primarily work with sublingual lozenges. It’s important to keep in mind that ketamine can sometimes encourage a positive shift in mood, while other times bring subconscious material to the surface to be processed. After your first KAP session, you will have at least 2 integration sessions in which we will help you integrate your experience during the ketamine session, discuss how you responded to the medicine, and determine an individualized course of treatment moving forward.
More information: https://sageinst.org/kat
EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy. EMDR is a simple model of therapy using Bilateral Stimulation (BLS) - usually in the form of eye movements, tapping, or auditory tones - in order to accelerate the brain’s capacity to process and heal a troubling memory or thought. BLS produces the same eye motions which occur during Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep.
BLS causes two regions of the brain to work in connection in order to reprocess a memory or thought. Some clients can experience relief or positive effects in just a few sessions, while others may require more time to process.
Scientific research has established EMDR as effective for the treatment of: posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), phobias, panic attacks, anxiety disorders, stress, sexual and physical abuse, disturbing, memories, complicated grief, substance use disorders, chronic pain, and migraines.
More information: https://www.emdr.com/what-is-emdr/
Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD
Prolonged exposure is a specific type of cognitive behavioral therapy that teaches individuals to gradually approach trauma-related memories, feelings and situations. Most people want to avoid anything that reminds them of the trauma they experienced, but doing so reinforces their fear. By facing what has been avoided, a person can decrease symptoms of PTSD by actively learning that the trauma-related memories and cues are not dangerous and do not need to be avoided. This treatment is strongly recommended for the treatment of PTSD.
Both imaginal and in vivo exposure are utilized with the pace dictated by the patient.
Imaginal exposure occurs in session with the patient describing the event in detail in the present tense with guidance from the therapist.
In vivo exposure, that is confronting feared stimuli outside of therapy, is assigned as homework.
More information: https://www.apa.org/ptsd-guideline/treatments/prolonged-exposure
Holistic Health Care
1:1 Yoga Therapy
Trauma doesn’t just affect the mind — it can also be held in the body. Trauma-informed yoga is an approach to regular yoga that addresses the specific needs and symptoms of trauma survivors.
Trauma-informed yoga is less about how poses are executed and more about the feeling of embodiment (being within your body) within a pose. Establishing presence and finding a sense of grounding can help you connect to your mind and body in a way that feels secure. This type of 1:1 yoga therapy creates an individualized yoga healing plan addressing your specific needs.
FFW 1:1 Yoga sessions begin with an intake to assess your current physical and emotional state as well as goals. Sessions are then customized to your needs and can include sequences of restorative asanas, mindful movement, breath work, and guided visualizations. All sessions incorporate a portion of verbal processing.
More information: https://psychcentral.com/health/what-is-trauma-informed-yoga
FFW Yoga classes are not currently being held at this time.
Trauma-informed yoga can help you to: increase body awareness in a safe and controlled way - which can promote feelings of physical, emotional, and psychological safety, address nervous system dysregulation, dissociation, and feelings of disconnection from the body or surroundings - which are common after experiencing trauma and to work through body-based trauma symptoms that are held in the hips, shoulders, back, neck, stomach, chest, and more.