Counseling

I AM HERE TO MAKE SURE YOU NEVER FEEL ALONE AS YOU EMBARK ON A JOURNEY OF HEALING AND GROWTH. WITH A SPECIALTY IN EMDR, EFT, TRAUMA, ATTACHMENT AND PLAY THERAPY, I IMPLEMENT ELEMENTS OF CREATIVE AND NON-TRADITIONAL PSYCHOTHERAPY TO HELP OTHER CREATE, TELL, AND LIVE THEIR AUTHENTIC STORY

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences.  Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. EMDR therapy combines different elements to maximize treatment effects and involves attention to three time periods:  the past, present, and future.  Focus is given to past disturbing memories and related events.  Also, it is given to current situations that cause distress, and to developing the skills and attitudes needed for positive future actions.  With EMDR therapy, these items are addressed using an eight-phase treatment approach. For more information on EMDR, please visit: https://www.emdr.com


EFT (Emotional freedom technique) is an alternative treatment for physical pain and emotional distress. It’s also referred to as tapping or psychological acupressure. People who use this technique believe tapping the body can create a balance in your energy system and treat pain. According to its developer, Gary Craig, a disruption in energy is the cause of all negative emotions and pain.

For more information about EFT, visit: https://www.healthline.com/health/eft-tapping

Play Therapy

(available only through Family & Children’s Aid in Waterbury, CT)

Play Therapy refers to a large number of treatment methods, all applying the therapeutic benefits of play. Play therapy differs from regular play in that the therapist helps children to address and resolve their own problems. Play therapy builds on the natural way that children learn about themselves and their relationships in the world around them (Axline, 1947; Carmichael, 2006; Landreth, 2002). Through play therapy, children learn to communicate with others, express feelings, modify behavior, develop problem-solving skills, and learn a variety of ways of relating to others. Play provides a safe psychological distance from their problems and allows expression of thoughts and feelings appropriate to their development.

APT defines play therapy as “the systematic use of a theoretical model to establish an interpersonal process wherein trained play therapists use the therapeutic powers of play to help clients prevent or resolve psychosocial difficulties and achieve optimal growth and development.” For more information about Play Therapy, please visit https://www.a4pt.org