MY APPROACH

 

Brain Spotting Certified Therapist

In Brain Spotting “where you look affects how you feel”. Locating points in an individual’s visual field helps access unprocessed trauma in the subcortical brain. Brain Spotting allow you to release the somatic responses you hold in your body. Brain Spotting was created by Dr. David Grand.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

CBT focuses on modifying dysfunctional behaviors, emotion and thoughts through a “solution-orientated” form of talk therapy. Based on the idea that thoughts and perceptions influence behavior. CBT is the cornerstone for EMDR therapy utilizing the adaptive information processing (AIP) model.

EMDR Certified Therapist-First in SD
EMDR Approved Consultant

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy approach developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro to help people heal from trauma or adversities such as issues of abuse, domestic violence, grief/loss, attachment wounds, abandonment, PTSD, and many other complicated life issues. EMDR therapy integrates elements of many traditional psychological orientations and is based on the adaptive information processing model (AIP). The AIP model hypothesizes that there is an inherent information processing system in the brain that is blocked when traumatic or adverse events occur, causing these events to be locked in the brain with the original picture, sounds, thoughts, feelings and body sensations. Whenever a reminder of the traumatic or adverse event comes up, those pictures, thoughts, feelings, and sensations can continue to be triggered. According to Dr. Shapiro, many emotional problems and disorders are manifestations of these unprocessed trauma memories that are stored in the brain. EMDR therapy works on helping the brain reprocess these traumatic memories, and as a result alleviating many emotional and psychological disorders.

Performance Enhancement- Sports & Creativity

"A trauma experienced during practice for a performance or during a performance itself is performance trauma. Such trauma can include physical injuries, failures, & humiliations. Performance traumas accumulate in the nervous system of the performer from childhood & ultimately lead to performance blocks & anxiety."

-David Grand

David Grand, the founder of Brainspotting, has co-authored a book on the topic: This is Your Brain on Sports: Beating Blocks, Slumps and Performance Anxiety for Good! It’s available on Amazon in print and via Kindle.

Check out this video: 30 for 30 Shorts: Fields of Fear. Despite playing in the league for close to a decade, Mackey Sasser's MLB career is defined by one word, "Yips."

Somatic Therapy

Incorporates the mind, body and spirit into therapeutic healing work. Somatic psychotherapy is based on the belief that a person’s inner feelings impact their physical form- using the mind-body exercises to release pent-up trauma from the mind and body. By releasing these bodily sensations, the therapy works toward healing trauma from the inside out.

Hypnosis

A type of treatment that uses guided relaxation, intense concentration, and focused attention to achieve a heightened state of awareness that is called a trance. Hypnosis is usually considered an aid to psychotherapy, because the hypnotic state (trance) allows people to explore painful thoughts, feelings, memories they may have hidden from their conscious minds. In addition, hypnosis enables people to perceive some things differently. It can be utilized with performance enhancement for sports and creativity, overcoming negative habits and fears.

Internal Family Systems

IFS model is an integrative approach that identifies and addresses sub personalities or families within each person’s mental system. IFS uses family systems theory to understand how these collections of subpersonalities are organized.

Health Care Providers

Physician Wellness Program Provider- Vital Work Life
HPAP Nursing Program Provider
As a therapist working in a hospital and clinic setting during the Covid pandemic I have unique insight into stressors related to taking care of others.

 

Consultation

I am able to provide consultation and supervision for the following:

EMDR Certification
EMDR Approved Consultant
LPC licensure
LPC-MH licensure

 

"If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet. How important you can be to people you may never dream of. There is something about yourself that you can leave at every meeting with another person."

Mr. Fred Rogers