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.
Comprehensive Neuropsychological Testing
Neuropsychological testing offers a comprehensive picture of the cognitive, emotional, and behavioral functioning of an individual. It differs from standard psychological testing because it considers both the strengths and weaknesses of the client and identifies brain regions implicated in the resulting pattern of deficits. This information helps to clarify the diagnostic picture, prognosis, and treatment implications for people experiencing a wide variety of conditions.
This in-depth testing process is particularly useful in cases where previous testing and / or treatment has not helped to improve symptoms. It can address academic, occupational, emotional, and behavioral problems. Although we can generally offer these services to both adults and children, we specialize in pediatrics. Neuropsychological testing can be particularly helpful and important for children, because accurate diagnosis allows for early treatment and remediation, allowing for the best possible lifetime prognosis.