Welcome. I am a licensed psychotherapist, currently training in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. My therapeutic style is warm, empathic, and organized. I focus on helping clients who suffer from anxiety or depression due to past traumas or stressful life experiences.
I am currently becoming trained in EMDR therapy because it is the most efficient and effective research-supported treatment available for trauma. It was developed in 1987 by Dr. Francine Shapiro and is estimated to have helped over 2 million people worldwide.
EMDR appears to activate the brain in a similar way to what occurs during dreaming (rapid eye movement) sleep. EMDR processing involves sets of side-to-side eye movements with a dual attention on the traumatic event. Other well-established therapeutic methods are also incorporated into the approach, including imaginal exposure, mindfulness, cognitive and self-control techniques.
EMDR therapy tends to be completed in fewer sessions than other treatment approaches. For a single trauma, such as a car accident, symptoms can resolve in as few as four sessions. Survivors of prolonged trauma, such as combat or childhood sexual abuse may need lengthier treatment. Together, we will develop a plan to meet your needs.
I welcome the diversity of the East Bay and LGBTQ+ community.