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Individual Therapy

Confidential and Comprehensive

We are so glad that you are thinking about individual therapy. There are so many benefits including having a safe place to practice learning about yourself. Individual therapy can be a scary reality, right? Being vulnerable to a stranger is not normal! Of course, it’s going to seem a bit odd and strange. It’s okay even therapists feel this way about therapy. Something that has helped me, when I’ve been in therapy, is knowing that this person doesn’t know anyone else in my life. There is a sense of freedom in knowing that I can have a safe place to share all parts of myself, even the parts I don’t like.
What kinds of topics can we explore individually? We can explore everything! We can talk about relationships and why he keeps leaving you, or why she won’t return your calls. We can talk about why you keep getting passed up for that promotion. We can find tools to manage that family get together that you’ve been avoiding like the plague. We can talk about the hard stuff too. The grief, loss, trauma, abuse, or depression that has shaped your life to be at its current state. The benefit of individual is that all the attention is on you! Enjoy it. Learn to take up this time for you. This is your self-care. It’s all about you.
Do you need someone to talk to that just gets it? Do you need someone to give you some insight and direction that you just can’t quite find on your own? Look no further. Let’s get into it. Call us today and let’s chat! We'll bring the coffee.

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Eating Disorder Therapy

Balanced Recovery

Do you think yourself or someone you love has an eating disorder? You’ve come to the right place. We can and will get through this together. Navigating the path to getting help can be very difficult and takes a special approach. Eating Disorders can be very difficult to treat and requires intense understanding and experience. Ever hear the saying “don’t judge a book by it’s cover”? This is my philosophy when it comes to working with Eating Disorders. When folks come in with eating challenges this is my promise, I will not judge you for your struggles.
Eating Disorders have a lot in common. Most therapies get “stuck” treating the symptoms all the same way. To find the “root” of the behavior (difficulty eating-too much or too little, over exercising, self-induced vomiting, or any other harmful methods to lose weight) we have to have a clear picture of what is going on. This includes a thorough interview in which we go over medical challenges/concerns, physical challenges, emotional struggles, day to day difficulties, family conflicts, job challenges, and or spiritual practices. So often it is easy to just treat one area (the food) and miss out on all the other things that lead to disordered eating.
So where do we start? Whether you’ve been in treatment before or are brand new I can promise you that judgment leaves the room. We start with some tests that measure levels of anxiety, depression, and intensity of the uncomfortable feelings that are present. Why is this helpful? I believe that eating disorders can mimic communication disorders. Think about it for a second. We often use food to communicate our feelings. Have a dreadful day at work… eat a pint of ice cream. Feel sad and alone… eat a bag of chips. Feel out of control… stop eating for a while to gain a sense of control back. This idea works for positive emotions as well. Family gathering and celebration… eat, drink, and be marry. We first become aware of the emotions and then notice what we need to be effective in communicating the emotions.
After the testing, we start to find our strengths and weaknesses in managing our emotions. We find supportive people in our lives that we can begin to communicate with. We teach our “tribe” how they can support us. We teach them how to validate and provide a safe environment to communicate our uncomfortable feelings and emotions. Once we have our strengths and our weaknesses we make specific goals and challenges to build momentum in for the first time in our lives communicating our needs in a way that others can help us.
So, the good news. I believe that Eating Disorders are 100% treatable. I believe that you can absolutely recover from an eating disorder. It is important for us to realize that we might struggle or have tendencies for the behaviors but that we can overcome them. When we learn the benefits to communicating and trusting our team we can begin to finally live life free of the disorder.
Eating disorders are a commitment. The rituals, the trust, the faith you put into the disorder takes a lot of time and commitment. If we can begin to give even a tenth of that commitment towards learning new tools we will be able to overcome this. It will be hard. It will seem impossible. It might not be fun. My question to you now is how fun is living with this disorder? How fun is it having to be perfect for those around you? Now is the time. Trust me it is now. If this sounds like some of the truth you need and desire please call or text today. We’ll get through this together.

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Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Insomnia

Better Sleep Today

We’ve all had those restless nights. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve lied awake at night thinking “if I fall asleep now I’ll get 4 hours of sleep… now 3 hours… now 2 hours” and so on.

I’ve also had thoughts like “I need to get great sleep because tomorrow will be so tough”.

If you can relate you are not alone. 

Sleep is a constant in our life that we need to get on track.

The gold standard treatment for better sleep is called CBTI, Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Insomnia.

CBTI is amazing because it’s quick, efficient, and has high levels of success.

CBTI is a 6 week program focusing on education about sleep, tools to get better sleep, and establishing routines and hygiene surrounding sleep.

Clients I’ve used CBTI on actually report better sleep within 2 sessions!

Week 1: Assessment understanding your sleep needs

Week 2: Education regarding sleep

Week 3: Tools aimed at reducing stress and feeling relaxed

Week 4: Establishing effective sleep routines

Week 5: Review of what’s working/what’s not working

Week 6: Commitments to sleep and resistance to effective sleep


Family Therapy

Family Matters

Are you satisfied with your family right now?

I mean let’s be real… family time can be the most rewarding, fulfilling, roller-coaster filled emotional ride, frustrating, irritating, and hopeless experience in our life.

So how is it that our family we love can also drive us crazy?

I’m here to tell you that there is hope. I’ve seen families change in one session! Often our communication can be the catalyst for powerful change.

Let Me Help Your Family

I love working with families. Family therapy can be the most rewarding and single most effective way to improve a better quality of life.

Why is it not done more often?

Therapy is often very segregated and (let’s face it) very inefficient and expensive.

If Mike Jr has his therapist, and Sally as her own, mom and dad go to a couples counselor…and then having a family component… nope, not happening!

Family therapy involves the WHOLE family. Family therapy involves a vulnerability that you don’t have to have individually.

This is telling the person you love the most that you are not happy with them and then going home to live with them.

We so often avoid conflict, which is unavoidable, and therefore produce more tension avoiding humans who will recreate it in their own family down the road. Why not stop this now?

What is family therapy?

Family therapy can take many different shapes, sizes, and forms. Depending on the family it could totally be appropriate for everyone to get the help they need in one stop!

The benefit of working with a therapist that knows the family is that change can be made quicker. Having a family unit all be on the same page, working towards the same goal, promotes a synergy that you cannot find anywhere else.

Family therapy can be quick or longer-term depending on the family’s goals and commitments.

Another great benefit of family therapy is that the pressure is taken off one specific individual. When the pressure of change falls on the “family unit,” the members of the family are more open to seeing the bigger picture while also being less defensive.

At the core of many life challenges (eating disorder, substance abuse, depression, self-harm, isolation, ADHD, etc.) is a family disorder. The family may or may not be cause of these challenges, but they are absolutely affecting the disorder. Our families can help or hurt individual members and it’s my job to turn that around.

Why Working with a Family Therapist Specialist Matters

Family therapy is some of the most raw and difficult therapy out there.

You need someone specialized in seeing past the issue(s) in the moment and seeing the bigger picture.

With many years of experience working with families of all shapes and sizes, you will find a new direction here.

If you are not happy with your family and how it operates call me today, we’ll get back on track.

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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing-EMDR

Trauma Work

Your personal history and circumstances make your addiction unique to you. This service is tailored for you and your addiction, and focuses on educating you and making you strong enough - in mind and body - to be well. We will be with you every step of the way, motivating you and helping you to see that you are never alone in this tough journey.Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a research-based therapy designed to adults, teens, and children experiencing trauma related disorders, depression, and anxiety. EMDR demonstrates that our body and mind know how to heal themselves once they have the opportunity to. With EMDR therapy, it is not always necessary for an individual to verbally recall their trauma or negative experiences to heal. To help one’s brain process through these experiences, both hemispheres of the brain need to be engaged, which is achieved through eye movements, or physical movements; this is known as bilateral stimulation. Bilateral stimulation can be achieved through many different methods, including these eye movements, electronic tappers, or other methods led by a trained therapist.

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Trauma Focused CBT

Trauma Work

Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a research based therapy to help children and teens aged 3-21 years old who have experienced trauma. This type of therapy utilizes a structured approach to provide education on the trauma, help with parenting strategies, teach relaxation skills, emotion management, and methods to challenge negative thoughts that we experience. Working in conjunction with a trusted adult in the child’s life, the child or teen participating develops a narrative to process through these past trauma experiences.
TF-CBT is a structured therapy spanning at least 12 weeks. Week 1 and 2: consist of learning about the types of trauma, and meeting with parents to learn about parenting skills. Week 3 and 4 focus on learning relaxation skills and techniques to help to manage any trauma responses that a child may experience. Weeks 5 and 6 are dedicated to learning about emotions, their root causes, and how to effectively deal with them when they arise. Weeks 7 and 8 teach how our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and how they are all connected to help to challenge negative beliefs that a child or teen may have about themselves. Weeks 9 and 10 are dedicated to creating a child or teen’s trauma narrative in their own unique way for the purpose of processing their experiences. Week 11 and 12 are left to share with the child or teen’s trusted adult and begin the termination process.

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