Sexual Abuse & Trauma
I am a licensed Christian Marriage and Family Therapist who helps to heal adults who have been wounded by sexual abuse in their childhood and teen years. I work with both men and women on other aggressive traumas, too, including Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD) from military experiences, domestic violence, and sexual harrassment. I have been trained to use an extremely effective trauma technique, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), which can transform traumatic memories in the brain so that one can function -- without symptoms of emotional confusion, depression, anxiety, intrusive thoughts, and sleep probelms, to name a few.
Since addictions and codependence are often attempts to cope with trauma, these are also areas of my expertise. As appropriate, I work with adjunct 12-Step programs and books, but strive to do what works with each individual.
In addition, I help offset fears and worry by literally altering the brain through guided imagery, grounding and meditation practices, when appropriate. These calming tools are useful for many changing perspectives.