EMDR Therapists in Seattle, WA

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Laura Stone
Counselor, LMHC
Verified
Seattle, WA 98126
We may address attachment, trauma, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, infertility, identity, and life-transitions through use of EMDR, narrative therapies, somatic, art therapy techniques and innovative therapies including Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy.
Offering clinical supervision. I support adults working on issues of resolving traumatic stress, attachment in relationships, and developing new core beliefs that are sustaining and honoring of self. My clients know what they need and are ready to do the work. EMDR, Somatic techniques for trauma, Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy and integration work in partnership with JourneyClinical. I also see ADOPTED adults as well as some kids/families for issues of attachment, trauma, related emotional dysregulation, identity and separation issues.
We may address attachment, trauma, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, infertility, identity, and life-transitions through use of EMDR, narrative therapies, somatic, art therapy techniques and innovative therapies including Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy.
Offering clinical supervision. I support adults working on issues of resolving traumatic stress, attachment in relationships, and developing new core beliefs that are sustaining and honoring of self. My clients know what they need and are ready to do the work. EMDR, Somatic techniques for trauma, Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy and integration work in partnership with JourneyClinical. I also see ADOPTED adults as well as some kids/families for issues of attachment, trauma, related emotional dysregulation, identity and separation issues.
(206) 498-9895 View (206) 498-9895
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Tessa Jones
Counselor, LMHC
Verified
Seattle, WA 98107
Waitlist for new clients
I pull from Internal Family Systems (IFS), attachment theory, and person-centered approaches, and have also been trained in EMDR.
I believe therapy is a voyage into the unexplored, bringing to life the parts of you that are waiting to blossom. Through supportive, safe, and inspired exploration, one can begin to give words to silences and feel meaningful and lasting connections with those around them. We all face challenges in the ebb and flow of life, but no one has to do it alone. I believe that you know yourself and your situation best, and my role is to be a fellow traveler through challenges, to support you, and help you navigate through the process of personal growth and self-compassion.
I pull from Internal Family Systems (IFS), attachment theory, and person-centered approaches, and have also been trained in EMDR.
I believe therapy is a voyage into the unexplored, bringing to life the parts of you that are waiting to blossom. Through supportive, safe, and inspired exploration, one can begin to give words to silences and feel meaningful and lasting connections with those around them. We all face challenges in the ebb and flow of life, but no one has to do it alone. I believe that you know yourself and your situation best, and my role is to be a fellow traveler through challenges, to support you, and help you navigate through the process of personal growth and self-compassion.
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Tamera Gittens
Counselor, LMHC
Verified
Seattle, WA 98101  (Online Only)
I also specialize and offer EMDR sessions.
Prioritizing mental health today can be so difficult to do today, but is important now more than ever. Along with prioritizing mental health, many of us engage in school, work, relationships, family dynamics, and friendships. After a while, many of these pressures may start to affect us in different ways leading us to experience anxiety, stress, bouts of sadness, irritability, and so much more. I did not even mention any unresolved trauma or feelings that may be experienced on top of everything else! Therapy is a safe place to work through many of these issues, with undeniable positive regard and support.
I also specialize and offer EMDR sessions.
Prioritizing mental health today can be so difficult to do today, but is important now more than ever. Along with prioritizing mental health, many of us engage in school, work, relationships, family dynamics, and friendships. After a while, many of these pressures may start to affect us in different ways leading us to experience anxiety, stress, bouts of sadness, irritability, and so much more. I did not even mention any unresolved trauma or feelings that may be experienced on top of everything else! Therapy is a safe place to work through many of these issues, with undeniable positive regard and support.
(206) 299-1765 View (206) 299-1765
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Vanessa Finley
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified
Seattle, WA 98107  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
My approach utilizes CBT, ACT, EMDR, Internal Family Systems, Solutions Focused therapy, and relational therapy.
I am here to be your guide so you can embody a greater sense of connection, confidence, and ease within yourself and your relationships. I help those struggling with their partner or family relationships, navigating big life transitions, adjusting to medical illness or injuries, processing grief/loss, and living with the impacts of trauma. We will explore holistic and mindful approaches to your unique story, to help you grow your self-awareness and find more authentic ways in your day-to-day to thrive.
My approach utilizes CBT, ACT, EMDR, Internal Family Systems, Solutions Focused therapy, and relational therapy.
I am here to be your guide so you can embody a greater sense of connection, confidence, and ease within yourself and your relationships. I help those struggling with their partner or family relationships, navigating big life transitions, adjusting to medical illness or injuries, processing grief/loss, and living with the impacts of trauma. We will explore holistic and mindful approaches to your unique story, to help you grow your self-awareness and find more authentic ways in your day-to-day to thrive.
(206) 741-0369 View (206) 741-0369
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Charlotte Jarvis
Pre-Licensed Professional, LMHCA
Verified
Seattle, WA 98115  (Online Only)
I have seen EMDR change lives, and I believe in the modality.
Are you struggling with dynamics of codependency, power, and control in your relationship? If you’re a survivor of domestic violence, sexual assault, or complex/childhood abuse - I want to work with you. If you find yourself continuously impacted by the trauma you’ve lived through, I want to help you gain the skills to move through your past and get to the present moment. Ask me about my upcoming group therapy program "Mindful Survivorship: A Healing Journey" launching 2024.
I have seen EMDR change lives, and I believe in the modality.
Are you struggling with dynamics of codependency, power, and control in your relationship? If you’re a survivor of domestic violence, sexual assault, or complex/childhood abuse - I want to work with you. If you find yourself continuously impacted by the trauma you’ve lived through, I want to help you gain the skills to move through your past and get to the present moment. Ask me about my upcoming group therapy program "Mindful Survivorship: A Healing Journey" launching 2024.
(206) 759-5250 View (206) 759-5250
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Brandon Zahl
Counselor, MA, LMHC, SUDPT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98109  (Online Only)
Your trauma deserves expert care. I combine EMDR and somatic therapy in unique ways to help you heal quickly and fully. My approach uses the innate abilities of the mind plus the body to build coping skills and to heal deep, hidden trauma. Right now, is feeling good about yourself and about your relationships a struggle? Are you spending most days being driven by fear or heavy with despair even though you try to stay positive? Maybe you're trapped in patterns you’re trying to break but they always seem to win. Its probably feeling like an exhausting battle with yourself and you don’t know if things will ever really get better.
Your trauma deserves expert care. I combine EMDR and somatic therapy in unique ways to help you heal quickly and fully. My approach uses the innate abilities of the mind plus the body to build coping skills and to heal deep, hidden trauma. Right now, is feeling good about yourself and about your relationships a struggle? Are you spending most days being driven by fear or heavy with despair even though you try to stay positive? Maybe you're trapped in patterns you’re trying to break but they always seem to win. Its probably feeling like an exhausting battle with yourself and you don’t know if things will ever really get better.
(425) 307-4501 View (425) 307-4501
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Maryam Brown
Counselor, LMHC, MAEd, NCC
Verified
Seattle, WA 98109
Accepting new clients as of 02/01/24. Now offering EMDR&Brainspotting Intensives (option:weekend/in-person appointments). I'm here to help you reclaim your life from the effects of depression, anxiety, and trauma and assist you on your journey towards self-discovery, personal growth, and improved performance in all aspects of life. Whether you're an athlete aiming to excel, an individual seeking self-awareness, or someone desiring fulfilling relationships, I am passionate about guiding you towards a meaningful and fulfilling life. We'll work together to overcome past experiences, unlock your full potential, and achieve your goals.
Accepting new clients as of 02/01/24. Now offering EMDR&Brainspotting Intensives (option:weekend/in-person appointments). I'm here to help you reclaim your life from the effects of depression, anxiety, and trauma and assist you on your journey towards self-discovery, personal growth, and improved performance in all aspects of life. Whether you're an athlete aiming to excel, an individual seeking self-awareness, or someone desiring fulfilling relationships, I am passionate about guiding you towards a meaningful and fulfilling life. We'll work together to overcome past experiences, unlock your full potential, and achieve your goals.
(206) 899-0934 View (206) 899-0934
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Jonny J Hiett
Counselor, LMHC, MHP
Verified
Seattle, WA 98119
I also use EMDR, frameworks from DBT, motivational interviewing, and narrative roleplay games.
My name is Jonny Hiett. I am a licensed mental health counselor in the Seattle area. I moved to Washington to train at The Seattle School in relationally focused therapeutic approaches to counseling. Since then, I have worked multiple years in community mental health, supporting clients as they work to better their mental wellbeing. As I have practiced, I have become even more passionate in working with LGBTQ+ specific issues, religious harm, neurodivergence, attachment, depression, anxiety, identity, and trauma. I take an intersectional approach to therapy, focusing on the whole person to best meet their goals.
I also use EMDR, frameworks from DBT, motivational interviewing, and narrative roleplay games.
My name is Jonny Hiett. I am a licensed mental health counselor in the Seattle area. I moved to Washington to train at The Seattle School in relationally focused therapeutic approaches to counseling. Since then, I have worked multiple years in community mental health, supporting clients as they work to better their mental wellbeing. As I have practiced, I have become even more passionate in working with LGBTQ+ specific issues, religious harm, neurodivergence, attachment, depression, anxiety, identity, and trauma. I take an intersectional approach to therapy, focusing on the whole person to best meet their goals.
(206) 672-2547 View (206) 672-2547
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Chris G Perry
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98122
By taking a trauma-focused approach that includes individually tailored therapeutic approaches such as EMDR we will find the pain points within your life that need to be addressed so that you can move forward comfortably.
Do you find yourself overwhelmed by life’s struggles such as trauma or relationship and attachment issues? Perhaps you have been wondering about autism or ADHD as a potential diagnosis? Throw into the mix questions about gender or sexuality, and a general need to examine where you exist within an increasingly challenging society and how you are impacted by it. These are the issues that I enjoy navigating with my clients as we find a new, unmasked, comfortable way of living freely. If you are hurting and do not know where to start I can help. If you feel that you are at the end, we can find a new beginning.
By taking a trauma-focused approach that includes individually tailored therapeutic approaches such as EMDR we will find the pain points within your life that need to be addressed so that you can move forward comfortably.
Do you find yourself overwhelmed by life’s struggles such as trauma or relationship and attachment issues? Perhaps you have been wondering about autism or ADHD as a potential diagnosis? Throw into the mix questions about gender or sexuality, and a general need to examine where you exist within an increasingly challenging society and how you are impacted by it. These are the issues that I enjoy navigating with my clients as we find a new, unmasked, comfortable way of living freely. If you are hurting and do not know where to start I can help. If you feel that you are at the end, we can find a new beginning.
(206) 312-6272 View (206) 312-6272
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Scott Nighbor
Counselor, MA, LMHC, MHP, CMHS
Verified
Seattle, WA 98102  (Online Only)
I also help people to heal from trauma using EMDR.
I am not currently accepting new clients. Contact me for a free 20 minute consultation. My focus is working with adult and older adolescent men on issues of depression, anxiety, trauma, and life transitions. I can help you develop the insight and tools you need to change problematic patterns and live life more skillfully. The support of having a safe place to look deeply, explore, and experiment can be life changing - change that arises naturally when you experience spaciousness, awareness and acceptance in your life.
I also help people to heal from trauma using EMDR.
I am not currently accepting new clients. Contact me for a free 20 minute consultation. My focus is working with adult and older adolescent men on issues of depression, anxiety, trauma, and life transitions. I can help you develop the insight and tools you need to change problematic patterns and live life more skillfully. The support of having a safe place to look deeply, explore, and experiment can be life changing - change that arises naturally when you experience spaciousness, awareness and acceptance in your life.
(206) 557-3928 View (206) 557-3928
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Wendy Maurer
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified
Seattle, WA 98122
I use a variety of techniques including EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), cognitive behavioral therapy and family systems therapy.
Undergoing intensive psychodynamic psychotherapy is deeply personal. For many individuals, this adventure into unknown recesses of their psyches reveals personal vistas previously unimagined. Such exploration frequently involves painful disclosures, frightening discoveries, an extraordinary development of self-understanding, an increase in capacity for intimate sharing, and an integration of strengths and aspirations. Such a journey, with phases of both pain and exhilaration, usually takes place over an extended period.
I use a variety of techniques including EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), cognitive behavioral therapy and family systems therapy.
Undergoing intensive psychodynamic psychotherapy is deeply personal. For many individuals, this adventure into unknown recesses of their psyches reveals personal vistas previously unimagined. Such exploration frequently involves painful disclosures, frightening discoveries, an extraordinary development of self-understanding, an increase in capacity for intimate sharing, and an integration of strengths and aspirations. Such a journey, with phases of both pain and exhilaration, usually takes place over an extended period.
(206) 451-7899 View (206) 451-7899
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Kimberly Smith
Counselor, LMHCA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98107  (Online Only)
Making the decision to see a therapist is a big one, my goal is to make sure that this decision is a worthwhile one. I hope my straightforward approach will help guide you to self-empowerment, radical acceptance & building relationships. I utilize CBT, strength-based, ACT, and EMDR to guide us...but healing lies within you- your hopes, hardships, successes & infinite wisdom. We will laugh and often, we'll cry. But either way... You won't walk this journey of self-discovery alone. Even the strongest of us need support in forcing our inner critic to be silenced.
Making the decision to see a therapist is a big one, my goal is to make sure that this decision is a worthwhile one. I hope my straightforward approach will help guide you to self-empowerment, radical acceptance & building relationships. I utilize CBT, strength-based, ACT, and EMDR to guide us...but healing lies within you- your hopes, hardships, successes & infinite wisdom. We will laugh and often, we'll cry. But either way... You won't walk this journey of self-discovery alone. Even the strongest of us need support in forcing our inner critic to be silenced.
(509) 478-1738 View (509) 478-1738
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Katrina Knutson
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98102  (Online Only)
I am also trained in EMDR therapy.
People come to therapy for many reasons. When we are in pain, confusion, fear or sadness we seek support and understanding. Sometimes we are going through a difficult transition and just need someone to talk to. Other times, we have specific goals we would like to reach, or coping skills we would like to learn. The therapeutic process is a creative and compassionate practice that is based in the respect and safety of the relationship between the client and the therapist. Challenges are often opportunities for growth, and often lead us to a greater understanding of ourselves.
I am also trained in EMDR therapy.
People come to therapy for many reasons. When we are in pain, confusion, fear or sadness we seek support and understanding. Sometimes we are going through a difficult transition and just need someone to talk to. Other times, we have specific goals we would like to reach, or coping skills we would like to learn. The therapeutic process is a creative and compassionate practice that is based in the respect and safety of the relationship between the client and the therapist. Challenges are often opportunities for growth, and often lead us to a greater understanding of ourselves.
(425) 243-3056 View (425) 243-3056
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Cindy Gilbert
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98109
I am also trained in EMDR, and working toward certification in this modality.
As a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, I feel uniquely qualified to support other members of the community. Issues related to identity and sexuality, including anxiety, depression, and PTSD are of particular interest to me. I get excited knowing I will help someone come to terms with who they are and how they fit in the world. I have worked in mental health for 30 years, and specifically as an individual therapist since 2017. I approach therapy with a relaxed, sort of informal attitude. I do make the occasional pop culture reference, and often people don't get them, then we have a laugh.Are you an LGBTQIA+ veteran? Come see me!
I am also trained in EMDR, and working toward certification in this modality.
As a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, I feel uniquely qualified to support other members of the community. Issues related to identity and sexuality, including anxiety, depression, and PTSD are of particular interest to me. I get excited knowing I will help someone come to terms with who they are and how they fit in the world. I have worked in mental health for 30 years, and specifically as an individual therapist since 2017. I approach therapy with a relaxed, sort of informal attitude. I do make the occasional pop culture reference, and often people don't get them, then we have a laugh.Are you an LGBTQIA+ veteran? Come see me!
(206) 385-8558 View (206) 385-8558
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Natalie Wood
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, LMFTA
Verified
4 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98107  (Online Only)
I also studied Attachment focused EMDR and am happy to facilitate this modality into our healing work.
If you’re looking for an individual or couples therapist who is direct, honest, and kind then we are likely a match. I understand tackling anxiety, depression, or those pesky past family issues is complicated. Healing PTSD from sexual trauma or infidelity, exploring your sexuality or gender, and family wounds are all issues continually impacting our human experience. These are things I can help with. Additionally, I am deeply familiar with exploring trans identity both individually and in relationships. I also have intimate understanding of how disability can impact your idea of self, safety, and the world around you.
I also studied Attachment focused EMDR and am happy to facilitate this modality into our healing work.
If you’re looking for an individual or couples therapist who is direct, honest, and kind then we are likely a match. I understand tackling anxiety, depression, or those pesky past family issues is complicated. Healing PTSD from sexual trauma or infidelity, exploring your sexuality or gender, and family wounds are all issues continually impacting our human experience. These are things I can help with. Additionally, I am deeply familiar with exploring trans identity both individually and in relationships. I also have intimate understanding of how disability can impact your idea of self, safety, and the world around you.
(206) 875-2318 View (206) 875-2318
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Brad Galvin: EMDR Intensives
Counselor, MS, LMHC, LPC, SUDP, ICGC-II
Verified
4 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98101
As a Certified EMDR Therapist deeply committed to this work, I train other therapists in EMDR-related techniques.
Welcome! I'm Brad Galvin, a Seattle native. I specialize in EMDR intensives - 90-minute to 3-hour sessions - designed to heal deeply-rooted habit patterns and the negative effects of unresolved trauma and addictive disorders including substance abuse, relationship addiction, and disordered gambling. With over 5,000 hours' experience using EMDR, I can effectively tailor treatment to your unique needs, while gently working with protector parts of you that may have hindered your progress in past therapy. An IFS-informed psychotherapist, I seek to honor all parts of you as we do the deep work of healing old pain.
As a Certified EMDR Therapist deeply committed to this work, I train other therapists in EMDR-related techniques.
Welcome! I'm Brad Galvin, a Seattle native. I specialize in EMDR intensives - 90-minute to 3-hour sessions - designed to heal deeply-rooted habit patterns and the negative effects of unresolved trauma and addictive disorders including substance abuse, relationship addiction, and disordered gambling. With over 5,000 hours' experience using EMDR, I can effectively tailor treatment to your unique needs, while gently working with protector parts of you that may have hindered your progress in past therapy. An IFS-informed psychotherapist, I seek to honor all parts of you as we do the deep work of healing old pain.
(206) 487-1942 View (206) 487-1942
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Mare Cressman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Seattle, WA 98105
My expertise includes the treatment of trauma and various mental health diagnoses using innovative approaches such as EMDR, brainspotting, and ketamine therapy.
Embarking on your healing journey may seem daunting, so congratulations on taking the first crucial step! Whether you're a person navigating postpartum challenges, a parent dealing with a child's intense emotions, a teenager navigating complexities, or an adult coping with trauma and change, I am confident in my ability to help healing. My commitment lies in creating and maintaining a secure environment to foster a trusting relationship that supports growth and healing. I am here to meet you at your current point in the journey, collaborating with you to craft a personalized therapeutic experience.
My expertise includes the treatment of trauma and various mental health diagnoses using innovative approaches such as EMDR, brainspotting, and ketamine therapy.
Embarking on your healing journey may seem daunting, so congratulations on taking the first crucial step! Whether you're a person navigating postpartum challenges, a parent dealing with a child's intense emotions, a teenager navigating complexities, or an adult coping with trauma and change, I am confident in my ability to help healing. My commitment lies in creating and maintaining a secure environment to foster a trusting relationship that supports growth and healing. I am here to meet you at your current point in the journey, collaborating with you to craft a personalized therapeutic experience.
(206) 451-2717 View (206) 451-2717
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Megan Maloney
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
6 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98108  (Online Only)
The goals of therapy are directed toward providing a positive and collaborative forum to ease presenting difficulties; and draw on the individual's strengths and resilience to enable greater contentment and satisfaction in life. The foundation from which I view issues is from a systems approach. Thus, my focus is on the relational context that each individual resides within. Additionally, I borrow ideas from Attachment , Emotionally Focused, Cognitive-Behavioral, and EMDR constructs when tailoring goals developed for each person's unique needs.
The goals of therapy are directed toward providing a positive and collaborative forum to ease presenting difficulties; and draw on the individual's strengths and resilience to enable greater contentment and satisfaction in life. The foundation from which I view issues is from a systems approach. Thus, my focus is on the relational context that each individual resides within. Additionally, I borrow ideas from Attachment , Emotionally Focused, Cognitive-Behavioral, and EMDR constructs when tailoring goals developed for each person's unique needs.
(833) 945-1761 View (833) 945-1761
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Judi Windleharth
Counselor, LMHC
Verified
Seattle, WA 98125  (Online Only)
I use Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) as my primary therapeutic modality.
I am currently accepting new clients. My clients usually find me because they are seeking a change and a new approach in therapy to process their trauma. You may feel stuck in some aspect of your life such as anxiety, depressive symptoms, relationship issues, life transitions, grief, stress, trauma, and other concerns. I work with adult individuals who want to examine their negative beliefs about themselves. I hope we can meet those together with curiosity, kindness, warmth, mindfulness, and compassion. Our fit as a client and therapist is especially important to me.
I use Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) as my primary therapeutic modality.
I am currently accepting new clients. My clients usually find me because they are seeking a change and a new approach in therapy to process their trauma. You may feel stuck in some aspect of your life such as anxiety, depressive symptoms, relationship issues, life transitions, grief, stress, trauma, and other concerns. I work with adult individuals who want to examine their negative beliefs about themselves. I hope we can meet those together with curiosity, kindness, warmth, mindfulness, and compassion. Our fit as a client and therapist is especially important to me.
(425) 873-8991 View (425) 873-8991
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Lydia Carrick: EMDR Intensives
Counselor, LMHC, LPC, NCC
Verified
Seattle, WA 98118
I focus on offering intensive EMDR work.
I am a certified EMDR therapist and Approved EMDR Consultant. I enjoy working with complex trauma, attachment issues, and dissociative disorders. I have experience in the community mental health setting, jail system, and teaching in the community college level. I've settled into private practice because I love being with and connecting with clients.
I focus on offering intensive EMDR work.
I am a certified EMDR therapist and Approved EMDR Consultant. I enjoy working with complex trauma, attachment issues, and dissociative disorders. I have experience in the community mental health setting, jail system, and teaching in the community college level. I've settled into private practice because I love being with and connecting with clients.
(206) 222-9144 View (206) 222-9144

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EMDR Therapists

Who is EMDR for?

EMDR was initially developed as a treatment for individuals with Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), for whom memories of a deeply distressing experience can be inadvertently triggered by random everyday events. The procedure has since been applied in the treatment of many other conditions. For example, it is used by some therapists to treat anxiety disorders including panic and phobias, depression, dissociative disorders, eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and some personality disorders. It is suitable for adolescents and adults.

Why do people need EMDR?

People need EMDR as a way to manage distressing memories that in some way hamper the ability to function in the present. The procedure is believed to target the way memories are stored in the brain. Evidence indicates that past disturbing experiences cause ongoing distress because they were not adequately processed, and when such memories are triggered in the present, they are accompanied by all the emotions, thoughts, and physical sensations as the initial experience.

What problems does EMDR treat?

First and foremost, EMDR is intended as a treatment for PTSD, to defuse distressing memories that intrude on and impair everyday functioning. It is also often used to help those who are subject to panic attacks, phobias, and other forms of anxiety. In addition, EMDR has been used to treat individuals with depression, eating disorders, and personality disorders.

What happens in EMDR therapy?

First the therapist takes an individual’s history, and then the therapist and client decide which distressing experience(s) will be the target(s) of the exercise, delivered via a side-to-side visual stimulus requiring lateral eye movements. The client will be asked to activate thoughts, feelings, and any body sensations related to the troubling experience. The eye movements are said to reduce the emotional charge of the memory, so that the experience can then be safely discussed with the therapist and digested, minimizing its ability to trigger anxiety.