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 do you offer?
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 therapy, and Experiential 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.
My passion is utilizing the powerful benefits of EMDR with clients who are ready to live without anxiety, depression, dissociation, phobias, addiction, and post-traumatic stress. As a client in my private practice, you will receive your own, client-centered therapeutic process. I support clients in four formats:
(1) Traditional, weekly 50-minute sessions
(3) EMDR Resourcing
We will choose a mix of techniques and frameworks that are most beneficial for you.
CaN EMDR help me?
It’s highly likely. EMDR can be effectively utilized for:
Resourcing: We will work to strengthen internal resources while soothing parts of you that feel limited. EMDR utilizes images, emotions, body sensations, and positive cognitions to increase feelings of calm, safety, and confidence.
Resolving relationship difficulties: Attachment-focused EMDR works to repair unmet development needs (often called attachment wounding) when we have experienced an absence of care/neglect or abuse.
Trauma recovery: 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. chronic or ongoing stressful conditions, such as interpersonal conflict, difficult parents, 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.
EMDR is a form of adaptive information processing which helps the brain unblock maladaptive material or limiting beliefs. 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 adverse experiences.
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 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 the benefits of EMDR, please visit my Resource page.
Where and When will we work together?
I support clients at my office in Campbell in four ways:
Traditional, 50-minute sessions (weekly or every other week) until symptoms are alleviated
Adjunct EMDR therapy (4-12 sessions) in collaboration with your primary talk therapist
An EMDR Resourcing session (90 minutes) for increasing feelings of calm and confidence
what is your fee?
$320 for 50-minute individual EMDR session
$360 for 50-minute couple or family session
$750 for 90-minute EMDR Resourcing 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, continuously pursue advanced training, and receive ongoing consultation with international 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.