I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and an EMDRIA Certified EMDR Therapist. I have completed Karyl McBride’s Will I Ever Be Good Enough (WIEBGE) Training Program for Therapists and am Certified in her WIEBGE five-step recovery model for treating adult children of narcissistic parents. I have also worked with many clients during and after a high-conflict divorce with a narcissist, as well as working with clients who are currently in a marriage, partnership or dating relationship with a narcissist. This work includes helping clients reduce the fear and guilt associated with setting boundaries, making changes, or breaking a cycle of continuously getting into relationships with narcissistic individuals.
I incorporate EMDR psychotherapy with Karyl McBride’s books and recovery model to help women and men understand and resolve the negative effects of being raised by a narcissistic parent or being in a relationship with a narcissistic partner. EMDR provides quick and lasting shifts to negative self-perceptions (for example: “I’m not good enough” or “I don’t matter” or “I’m powerless”) and dramatically diminishes the distress associated with memories of upsetting events.
I specialize in helping adults overcome the lasting negative effects that stressful or traumatic life experiences, including a childhood of not getting enough affirmation, attention, and affection, have on how a person thinks, feels and behaves. Criticism, rejection, humiliation, abandonment, loss, abuse and other types of trauma are very often the root cause of present-day problems like: anxiety, depression, anger, self-doubt, rumination, recurring bad dreams, or the sense that no matter how hard you work or what you do you can’t find sustained peace, love or satisfaction in your personal life or career. Ultimately, through our work clients develop a more genuine connection with their authentic self, so they can connect in healthier ways with others.
I also draw upon an intensive training program I completed with Pia Mellody. This training covered a therapy model that addresses how growing up with parents who are not nurturing or are abusive in other ways creates developmental immaturity and issues around self-esteem, boundaries, codependence, vulnerability, addiction, mood disorders, and relationship struggles.
My style as a counselor is friendly, conversational, nurturing and accepting. Clients comment on how quickly they feel at ease with me and how easy it is to share their thoughts and feelings with me. They also appreciate my practical, organized approach to therapy and my ability to identify the key issues within their many life stories. I love working as a therapist! I am grateful to my clients for the privilege of hearing their stories and the experience of helping them feel better and achieve their goals.
If you’d like to learn more, please visit my website www.genuine-connection.com. You can schedule an appointment directly through my website or contact me by phone or email. I look forward to hearing from you.
License and Credentials:
MBA, MS, LPC, EMDRIA Certified EMDR Therapist, NCC, BC-TMH
Therapist Virtual Workshop: Level I Training