Practice Locations in Vancouver and Lacey Washington
Areas of Specialty
Individual Counseling offered for In person and telehealth.
Couples counseling for telehealth only.
Line of duty death experiences
Substance Misuse (e.g. self medicating through trauma, depression)
We do not have substance abuse counselors at this time to treat substance abuse disorder as the primary issue.
Grief and Loss
LGBTQ in Uniform
Major Life Adjustment retirement; separation from service, discharge, major family changes
We Do Not Assist with Workers Compensation cases.
Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
Motivational Interviewing (MI)
Person-centered and emotion focused therapy
What is EMDR?
EMDR is a trauma processing therapy that uses bilateral stimulation to access traumatic memories, desensitize the severity of symptoms, re-process negative thought patterns associated with the memory and hopefully, through various protocols, find a healthier meaning to the event that took place. Meaning such as: "What happened to me was terrifying, but I survived, and I am stronger for it."
What is bilateral stimulation? We use eye movements, from side to side, or audio and tactile stimulation through vibrating hand paddles and audio beeps that stimulate each side of your body. Why are we using these methods? Currently, there is no concrete answer as to why this method of stimulation works so well, but we do have quite a bit of research that hypothesizes that the bilateral stimulation mimics the REM sleep cycle, especially when we use the eye movements, and this brings forward the memory or internal associations for further processing.
For more information, please visit the EMDR Institute.