individualized treatment plans to fit your needs
“EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference…EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma…The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health. If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR therapy training sessions, clinicians help clients activate their natural healing processes.” (EMDR Institute, Inc.)
EMDR is an evidence-based modality that I have found to be very effective with many of my clients. I would be happy to answer any questions you have about EMDR and if this treatment may be right for you.
“The body carries the legacy of trauma and attachment dynamics in procedural habits of movement, postures, and nervous system regulation…Sensorimotor Psychotherapy actively incorporates awareness of the body into clinical practice, targeting the habits of physical action, autonomic dysregulation, and posture. By addressing the physical, as well as the psychological effects of adverse experience on mind and body, SP supports a deep, effective, and unified approach to healing.” (Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute)
Have you tried talk therapy with seeing much progress? The source of pain and healing is often below the surface of talk. Trauma is not just stored in words and memories, it is also stored in feelings and sensations. SP allows us to go below the words. SP embraces patient-directed choice, a belief in your inner capacity to heal, a recognition that mind, body, and spirit are connected, and that healing takes place within a supportive relationship.
Psychedelic integration & ketamine-assisted
The use of psychedelics in mental health is having a resurgence. Many people have discovered Michael Pollan’s book “How to Change your Mind” or have come across stories in the media. This has led to curiosity among the general public about these medicines and their potential for healing. Currently, most psychedelic medicines are not legally available outside of FDA-approved clinical trials. Nevertheless, millions of people have had experiences with non-ordinary states of consciousness at some point in their lives and many people are pursuing these experiences either on their own, with the help of an “underground” guide, or in countries where these substances are legal. Unfortunately, this has led to some people not being adequately prepares and/or not well supported after challenging, confusing, or even transcendent experiences.
The process of preparing for a journey and/or making sense of an experience after is called “Psychedelic Integration Therapy.” It is grounded in a harm reduction approach of non-judgmental education and support. It provides a safe place to consider options, and navigate a healthy relationship with substances that is right for you.
The legal status of these medicines may change in the next few years, allowing therapists to assist clients to utilize these medicines safely and in a controlled clinical setting. In the meantime, I would be happy to help you make choices about your own use that is right for you. Disclaimer: I do not promotoe, provide or prescribe any illegal controlled substances in my practice, nor do I provide referrals to “underground (illegal) psychedelic services.
Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP)
One medicine that potentially has psychedelic qualities (dependent on dose) and can be legally prescribed is ketamine. Currently, ketamine is available only when prescribed by a doctor or nurse practitioner for diagnoses such as treatment resistant depression and chronic pain. Ketamine is also showing promise for the treatment of PTSD, OCD, anxiety, and addiction. Several clinics in Colorado Springs provide IV ketamine treatment in medical outpatient settings. These practices do not typically offer psychotherapeutic support that may be needed to fully benefit from the treatment.
Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) is psychotherapy offered as an adjunct to the application of this medicine. Ketamine has been shown to quiet the part of the brain (the Default Mode Network) that is involved in self-narrative and rigid thinking patterns. Some have described the treatment as a “reset” that gives patients an opportunity for relief from their normal experience of themselves. It can lead to a period of neuroplasticity in which changes in reactivity, mindfulness and behavioral strategies are more accessible if supported and integrated properly. Working with a therapist during the course of treatment gives the patient the opportunity to take full advantage of this period. In addition, as with other psychedelic medicines, ketamine can bring up challenging experiences, emotions and memories that can be difficult to manage without support. These experiences are not just a weird side-effect, but are avenues for deeper healing that goes beyond just managing symptoms.
Ketamine treatment, when supported by psychotherapy, assists you to take advantage of the period of neuroplasticity that endures for days and weeks after your treatment and to integrate your experience into your life more fully. If you are currently receiving ketamine treatments and are interested in additional therapeutic support, I would be happy to assist you. I hope in the near future to have a prescribing partner in order to make Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy available in Colorado Springs for patients who would like an alternative to IV treatment in a medical setting. Stay tuned!
Experiential: canine-assisted, horticultural, nature, movement & meditation
I enjoy experimenting with clients to find other modalities that can engage the senses, expand awareness, and give a sense of grounding and resilience. Clients have at time found it helpful to incorporate my therapy dog, interaction with the natural world whether through gardening or hiking, movement including yoga and meditation. I am open to explore with you. Any of these options can be incorporated into standard treatment. Let’s explore!
Consultation and Rates
I offer a free 20-minute phone consultation in order to give you an opportunity to speak with me, ask question and decide if I may be a good fit for your needs.
My standard rate is $120 per session.
I do not not accept private insurance at this time. However, some insurance providers will reimburse you for out-of-network practitioner sessions. I am happy to provide you with a super-bill that you can take to your insurance company. Please check your out-of-network coverage in advance if you are interested in possible reimbursement.
I am approved as an out-of-network tricare provider.