Finding the Right Path for You

Somatic Psychotherapy

The thinking brain speaks in words, the emotional brain speaks in feelings, and the body speaks in sensations. We must learn to speak to all 3 to find integration, healing, and lasting change.

Somatic therapy works with, and through, the body to help clients find new ways of being in relationship- both with themselves and with the world. As a sensorimotor therapist, I use a combination of cognitive and body based interventions to help clients explore the interconnected relationship between their body, their emotions, and their beliefs about themselves. 

Somatic therapy is a powerful modality as it goes beyond traditional talk therapy approaches. Interventions target subcortical levels of the brain and the nervous system that allows a client to get to the heart of their struggles and find new and adaptive ways of being in their body and the world.

EMDR

EMDR stands for Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It is an 8 phase, integrative, evidence-based trauma treatment  that helps individuals heal from traumatic or disturbing life events. Many leading mental health organizations tout EMDR as being the top recommended treatment of choice for trauma and PTSD. .

 

EMDR is not only an effective treatment for those healing from PTSD, but it also helps those who are seeking relief from depression, anxiety, addiction, chronic pain and much more. EMDR protocols first work to establish a send of trust and safety in the body and gives clients tools to manage arousal. It desensitizes triggers and allows for a client to reprocess and integrate “stuck” memories, images, negative beliefs and other maladaptive information held in the brain and body. 

Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy

Ketamine is currently the only legal psychedelic medicine available for use by mental health providers. Originally used as an anesthetic in hospital settings, there has been exciting research in the last decades regarding its use in treating PTSD, addictions, treatment resistant depression and anxiety. 

 

Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) is for individuals who have struggled with long-term mental health concerns and their accompanying physical and emotional symptomatology. It is not a first line solution, but rather an option for those of whom other treatment modalities have proved ineffective. Research has shown statistically significant results for KAP in reducing depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, and other symptoms related to trauma, chronic stress, and addiction.

 

KAP is not a suitable treatment modality for everyone. After initial psychotherapy sessions we will determine if this is a treatment modality that could benefit you. You will then be screened by the prescribing physician to ensure you are a good candidate for this treatment. Your dosage will be determined by the collaborating medical professional. KAP is usually administered in 6-8 sessions over a 4 to 6 week period, with each session lasting about 2.5 hours.

 

Ketamine increases neuroplasticity (the ability for your brain to create new neural networks). Thus, the power of KAP lies in the integration of the new behaviors, insights, and deeper psychological understanding one can gain when working with the medicine. It is not a cure all, but when combined with therapy it can be potent treatment option for those who feel stuck, or have tried it all without relief.