Welcome to my Asheville counseling practice. I provide counseling with an emphasis on healing old wounds so that your present day life can be free of the baggage of the past.
I specialize in helping people who have tried traditional talk therapy without relief. You may have an intellectual understanding of what happened to you, but still feel the hurt. Lots of people go many years successfully blocking out what's happened to them, but find that the memories come back later in life, and that's where I can help.
If you find that those events or memories are now affecting your ability to fully enjoy life, I am pleased to be able to offer a completely different approach to clearing out the past. It's called EMDR and you may have heard about its success in treating major trauma from combat, accidents, etc., but it's not just for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).
I define trauma as "anything that has happened to you that changed the way you feel about yourself or about your 'place' and safety in the world." So even if you feel that you've dealt with what happened, if it still causes emotional pain, there's a way to clear it away once and for all. EMDR is the most fully researched trauma treatment and is approved as a Class A method by the Veteran's Administration, so you can be assured that it is an evidence-based method of treatment, one that has proven its worth over the last 20 or so years.
EMDR helps remove the painful emotions from trauma memories-- no more getting hijacked by "triggers" as you go through your day. Those memories and experiences shaped how you think about yourself, and that can affect your ability to find and maintain healthy relationships. If an experience, even in childhood, has made you feel insecure or somehow defective, it will affect how you relate to others. You may find that others complain that your reactions to some things are "over the top" --this is probably due to your being unknowingly triggered to those early negative experiences.
EMDR often works in just 8-10 sessions, making it a time and finance-friendly treatment choice. Of course, the intensity and length of the trauma will affect the length of treatment. And for those who don't want to have to talk about their trauma, or re-tell their story yet again, EMDR can be effective with only a minimum of baseline information. It is often a very comfortable therapy for men, as it does not require a lot of emotional conversation to be effective.
Trauma is embedded in the 'emotional' side of the brain, and the bi-lateral stimulation of EMDR helps the 'logical' side of the brain affect the memory of the trauma. It essentially takes the emotions out of the memories. You will still remember what happened, but the memory will no longer be so painful...it will become 'just' a fact about your life.
Here's a video report by CBS News on EMDR and how it can help even multiple traumas. Note: in the video, you'll see lights, headphones and tappers being used. In actual practice, only one method is needed. I use tappers or lead eye movements with my hands.
In addition to EMDR, I also use solution-focused therapy, and --for those that like to think outside the box--Hypnotherapy. If you want to change habits such as smoking, over-eating, or get rid of a fear of flying, hypnotherapy can be an enjoyable way to support those changes.
No matter what type of therapy we decide to use, my goal is to help you uncover your true potential and lead a life that you actually enjoy.
I'm a highly interactive therapist, not a head-nodder. When feedback is appropriate, I give it. To get a sense of my interactive style, visit my blog at TheDigitalTherapist
( http://thedigitaltherapist.blogspot.com )
If you're looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation or you're just ready to move in a new direction in your life, I look forward to working with you to achieve your goals. You can call me at 828-536-9898 (cell phone) or email to set up a phone consultation, to see if we will work well together. I'm a member of The War Within program for veterans, and welcome the opportunity to be of service to help those who have served our country.