Specialized Treatment

I often integrate therapeutic techniques from different theories, when appropriate for a client. These orientations/theories include Person-Centered Therapy, Attachment Theory, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and Ecological Systems Theory. Other specialized treatments that I may utilize in therapy include Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy (HCH).

Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT)

AAT utilizes trained animals and handlers to achieve specific physical, social, cognitive, and emotional goals with clients. Multiple studies have found psychological and physiological benefits of working with a therapy animal. My co-therapist, Rupert, has been a fun, supportive, and helpful part of the therapy process for many of my clients. Therapy animals, such as Rupert, can help clients increase relaxation, comfort, hopefulness, as well as be a source of entertainment. Rupert is almost always present in the room, but clients may choose the extent of their interaction with him. While some clients prefer little to no interaction, others may choose to utilize him in their therapy or just enjoy petting him during the session. Information about AAT can be found at the Delta Society website.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR is an evidence-based form of therapy that aims at alleviating the psychological and emotional distress that stems from trauma and/or disturbing life events. When people experience something traumatic, their brains have difficulty processing the event. Whereas most memories are encoded and stored in our long-term memory, traumatic memories can be thought of as "frozen in time." When an individual recalls the traumatic memory, they may relive the event as they experienced it the first time. These traumatic memories can be intrusive and affect how the person lives and perceives the world. EMDR expedites the accessing and processing of traumatic memories, so that emotional distress decreases, negative beliefs/thoughts are reframed adaptively, and the physiological arousal lessens. Although the individual does not forget the event, the distressing emotions and physiological response is no longer attached to the memory. For additional information about EMDR, please feel free to talk with me further about the process or you may visit the EMDR International Association website.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

DBT is a skills-based intervention that consists of four components: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. Each component outlines a set of skills and new coping strategies that can assist clients with dealing with stressful situations in a more effective manner. DBT was originally developed as a treatment intervention for individuals diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. However, since its emergence, it has been utilized as an effective treatment for a number of other diagnoses. For additional information, please feel free to talk with me about the treatment or visit the DBT Self Help website.

Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy (HCH)

Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy is a holistic, integrative style of hypnotherapy that utilizes various theories of psychology, such as developmental and transpersonal psychology, to assist clients with identifying core psychological issues. These issues often stem from early childhood experiences that have not been properly processed. HCH assists clients with reconnecting with repressed emotions and helps clients reconnect with “disowned parts” of themselves, thus furthering the healing process. HCH begins with deep relaxation and ego strengthening. Specific HCH techniques are then used to help the client identify and change negative core beliefs and behaviors that may continue to affect them today. Some of the techniques used in HCH include age regression, visualization, neuro-linguistic programming, and behavior modification. Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy may be used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, addiction, sleep disorders, pain disorders, anesthetic for surgery or childbirth, and many other conditions. For additional information, please feel free to talk with me about this technique or visit the Wellness Institute website.