Neurofeedback is a way to train yourself to control the electrical activity in your brain. By measuring your brain's activity through sensors, problem areas can be identified. Just like you can strengthen your muscles with weight training, neurofeedback allows you to strengthen existing connections, or create new connections in your brain. Neurofeedback has been shown to be effective for treating a wide range of disorders, including ADHD, depression, anxiety, and insomnia.
Biofeedback is a way of training your autonomic nervous system (the system that controls your pulse, breathing rate, and other physical changes that are connected to feelings of anxiety and anger).
EMDR (Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a method for moving through traumatic memories. This treatment helps clients to break through the typical pattern of avoidant behaviors that is typically associated with PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) in a gentle way. It utilizes the body's natural method for integrating memories (eye movements). Research has shown that rapid eye movements, which occur during deep sleep, play a role in consolidating memories. During this time, the body creates a particular type of brain wave, called Delta. EMDR, using eye movements or other types of stimulation that are presented on alternating sides of the body, creates the same activity in the brain. Thus, the client can keep one foot in the present, while moving through old memories by keeping one foot in the past.
If you have received a diagnosis of a personality disorder, you may be feeling like even those in the mental health field have given up on you.
Because I specialize in treating personality disorders, I understand that you are both doing the best you can, and need to learn to do better. I do not see you as "manipulative" or "broken," but as beautiful and strong. You are a survivor. You have already been through so much. I believe that if you are willing to work hard, the changes you are so desperate for will come.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
I have been trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), which is a type of therapy that was specifically designed for borderline personality disorder, but has been successfully applied to a variety of different problems, including substance abuse and anxiety disorders.
DBT teaches several skills, including mindfulness (how to focus on the present moment in a non-judgemental way), distress tolerance (how to handle stressful situations), emotional regulation (how to keep emotions from fluctuating too much or too intensely), and interpersonal effectiveness (how to maintain healthy relationships).
We are currently running four DBT skills groups: one specifically for Co-Occurring Disorders (i.e. substance use), which meets every Tuesday from 6:00pm to 7:00pm, We have two adults skills groups, meeting every Wednesday from 9:30am to 11:00am and every Saturday from 1:00pm to 2:30pm, and one adolescent group meeting every Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm.
All four groups have access to skills coaching calls seven days a week. These are 5-10 minute calls that help clients utilize skills in the moment.
Family: most people picture Leave it to Beaver or Hillshire Farm commercials, where everyone is gathered around a perfectly set table, laughing and talking about the day’s adventures.
But the reality is in today’s world, both parents work, the kids have mountains of homework and after-school-activities, and everyone is glued to their phones.
It’s hard enough to feel like you can keep your own head above water. Having a tough conversation or being there emotionally for someone else, even someone you love, may seem an impossibility.
I want to assure you it’s worth the effort. It’s worth the effort to hear and be heard. It’s worth the effort to listen to your children even when you don’t understand them. It’s worth it to learn from your parent’s lessons. Because by putting in a little effort, you can reap so much reward.
In our office, there is no wrong answer, there is no side. We are committed to you as a family and we promise to use our years of experience to help everyone feel heard, feel understood, and above all feel loved.
You meet someone, you fall in love, and live happily ever after.
That’s what we are told by bedtime stories and Disney movies. The truth is every relationship takes communication, honesty, respect and hard work. But sometimes our lives can overwhelm us. Working long hours to get that promotion, sleepless nights worrying over money, concern about your children’s wellbeing. These things and so many more can all lead to stress, changes in behavior, and loss of intimacy.
So many things can change our minds, but our hearts take more convincing. It’s easy to hear our minds say, “I don’t like that behavior, I don’t think they should go out with their friends tonight, I hate how they spend money.” It’s harder to hear our hearts say “ I love the little notes in my lunch, I love that they always call to check-in, I love how they always think of something for me”.
With time, patience and understanding of both yourself and each other, you can find harmony between the two voices, and gain a better sense of what happily ever after means.”
We want to help. We will give you a safe place where both parties can express themselves honestly, respectfully, and with the knowledge that each person has an advocate, because we want you, as a couple, to succeed!!