The client-therapist relationship can be life-changing.
To help you decide if we are a good fit, here are answers to frequently asked questions.
what kind of therapy Is offered?
My approach is relational, and integrates what we know about neuroscience, ego states, attachment, and the body in order to alleviate anxiety, depression, and trauma symptoms. I am an EMDRIA Certified EMDR Clinician with advanced training in Attachment, Complex and Developmental Trauma, Gestalt, Process, and Experiential therapy. My passion is utilizing the powerful benefits of EMDR with clients who are ready to live without their trauma symptoms. I support clients in 3 formats: (1) traditional 50-minute sessions, (2) EMDR Intensives, and/or (3) adjunct EMDR therapy.
I also offer clients expertise in how people learn and change from my 20 years of training, research, and teaching at Vanderbilt University and Stanford University School of Medicine. I believe in clinical excellence, always.
We will choose techniques and frameworks that are most beneficial for you.
CaN EMDR help me?
It’s highly likely.
EMDR is a form of adaptive information processing which helps the brain unblock maladaptive material or limiting beliefs. It appears that EMDR may avoid some of the long and difficult abreactive work often involved in the treatment of anxiety, panic attack, post- traumatic stress symptoms (such as intrusive thoughts, nightmares, and flashbacks), dissociative disorders, depression, phobias, identity crisis, and other traumatic experiences.
While I often utilize EMDR for clients with big “T” trauma (e.g. a major car accident, assault), I also support clients with small “t” traumas (e.g. interpersonal conflict, financial stress). One of the most overlooked aspects of small ‘t’ traumas is their accumulated effect. Multiple, compounded small ‘t’ traumas may lead to distress in the nervous system and trouble with emotional functioning.
Research in neuroplasticity demonstrates that our brain has the ability to change, create new neural pathways, and produce new neurons. Because the brain has this ability to change, we have the ability to change our way of thinking and possibly improve mood. Neural pathways in the brain are strengthened with repetition. One way to describe this process is “neurons that fire together, wire together.” Constant repetition of an experience leads to changes within the brain’s structure and how the neurons process that experience. EMDR utilizes our brains’ neuroplasticity to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections, which allows the brain to compensate for injury and adjust to new situations.
For more information on EMDR, please visit my Resource page.
Where and When will we work together?
I support clients at my office in Campbell in three ways:
Traditional, 50-minute sessions (weekly or every other week) until symptoms are alleviated
An EMDR Intensive program ranging from a half-day to 3-days, with both weekday and weekend options. These personalized treatment plans give you faster access to premium spots, and are designed to support your preferred schedule and timeline for your treatment goals.
Adjunct EMDR therapy (4-12 sessions) in collaboration with your primary talk therapist
Appointments are available on a first come, first served basis. In order to guarantee your preferred session times, I recommend securing a regular, weekly appointment time or booking 6-8 sessions in advance. Current clients may book sessions online up to 3 months in advance.
what is your fee?
$300 for 50-minute individual EMDR session
$350 for 50-minute couples or family session
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can i use my insurance to pay for therapy?
Yes. Many insurance companies reimburse a portion of the cost of psychotherapy. For insurance purposes, I am considered an out-of-network provider and will provide a monthly invoice for you to submit for reimbursement. It's best to determine the exact details of your policy ahead of time, including what benefits are available regarding out-of-network providers.
do you offer sliding scale rates?
Yes. I offer a 12-week, sliding scale program for clients who wish to work with me on targeted treatment goals and are not able to pay my full fee.
What is your commitment to your clients?
An effective therapist is informed, available, and attuned. I stay updated on evidence-based psychotherapy research, and continuously pursue advanced training with EMDR experts. I offer a limited number of spots in my practice to ensure that each client gets the attention, care, and responsiveness they deserve.
are we a good fit?
Let's find out. It's important that you feel safe with your therapist. Therapy is your space to do your work. The clients in my practice have this experience with me. If we feel we are not a good fit after our initial session, I am happy to share additional referrals of trusted colleagues.