I support healing and growth for my clients by blending compassionate, supportive talk therapy with two powerful trauma-specific modalities: Internal Family Systems therapy (IFS) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Internal Family Systems Therapy
IFS helps us understand our protective habits and feelings as parts of us that, along with loving, wise and calm parts, make up our whole self. Protective, traumatized parts usually arise due to the desire to never experience trauma again: these are parts who use addictions, relentless self criticism, isolation, anxiety/depression, and distracting coping skills that hurt more than they help. In IFS, there are no bad parts- all are welcome and deserving of understanding. Working with parts is a creative, gentle, and curiosity-driven way to prepare for trauma processing. Some of the goals are to understand thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, develop a stronger sense of identity, heal emotional wounds, and release negative beliefs.
The Internal Family Systems Institute provides a great list of books, articles, podcasts and videos to learn more about how this type of therapy works and how you can use it in or out of therapy to help yourself heal.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
When people hear about EMDR therapy, it's usually about the eye movements themselves- this is one of the many evidenced-based interventions that make EMDR different from other types of therapy. EMDR doesn't rely on detailed revisiting of painful memories; rather, it lets the brain's natural healing functions, already available to you and hard at work processing other memories, access recent or past trauma so that your nervous system can let go of the fight-or-flight response and recover the way it needs to.
Anxiety and perfectionism are uncomfortable and sometimes debilitating, especially when they cloud our ability to live according to all of our values, achieve our potential, and confidently show up as ourselves. Supportive talk therapy, IFS and/or EMDR can help you get unstuck and recover motivation, a calm and wise perspective, and fulfillment.
Emerald Lake is a local, Denver based counseling service. You can choose to meet for 1:1 sessions in-person or online, depending on your preference. Our office is centrally located near Cherry Creek, Cap Hill, Wash Park and Glendale.
Emerald Lake is a safe and welcoming place where clients can access the healing power of being accepted and truly listened to. I reject bigotry and stereotypes, choosing instead to affirm diverse sexual, affectional and gender-expansive identities.
We might be a good fit it you're looking to work with a professional counselor experienced in the community's unique challenges, as well as co-occuring emotional wellness issues like self acceptance, relationships, parenting, healthy boundaries with family and work, and support with accessing and navigating WPATH standards of care.