We offer a wide range of counseling services. We do marriage and family counseling and help with difficult relational problems. We do therapy to help with depression, anxiety, anger and many other emotional issues.
We specialize in doing trauma therapy. We have hundreds of hours of continuing education in this field and thousands of hours of experience in working with survivors of trauma. Some trauma may be from a current event. However, survivors with the most severe symptoms often have experienced trauma from early childhood abuse – much of it so severe that some of the memories may have been repressed in order to survive.
The model of therapy use is primarily psychodynamic, specifically “Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy.” We are eclectic in that we also incorporate Insight Therapy, Cognitive Therapy, Behavioral Therapy and Empathetic Listening Therapy models.
In the Dynamic Therapy model, symptoms are just that, “symptoms,” that are coming from someplace. Instead of focusing on the symptoms, the focus of treatment is on facilitating healing and resolution of the underlying issues. Those underlying issues can be current life circumstances, but often are from early childhood trauma or dysfunctional family of origin issues. Let’s face it; in this sinful, fallen world, we are all dysfunctional to some degree.
As the underlying issues are resolved, the emotional symptoms continue to subside. In marital and family counseling, as underlying issues are resolved, the capacity for intimacy improves. Relationships that have been stuck in destructive patterns, often in spite of extensive counseling, begin to dramatically change.
EMDR – Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a powerful method of psychotherapy. EMDR has helped millions of people of all ages relieve many types of psychological distress.
EMDR is an accelerated information processing therapy that is compatible with all of the primary psychotherapy models, but it melds especially well with dynamic therapy. We call it a “tool” to more rapidly move people through issues. It is primarily known for helping people who have experienced severe trauma. However, we also use it to accelerate the processing of all kinds of unresolved issues such as grief and dysfunctional family of origin issues. We finished our advanced training in EMDR in 1996 and now have 22 years of combined experience in working with this powerful therapy. A bibliography of research may be found through EMDR International Association’s web site, www.emdria.org