EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a specific of therapy originally developed to treat trauma. EMDR is backed and supported by an extensive amount of research and considered evidence-based practice for trauma. This approach can be applied to a variety of clinical issues with success, even when other forms of therapy have been less impactful.
Negative events, such as trauma, are sometimes said to be “stuck” in the brain, resulting in symptoms and emotions that negatively impact the individual. EMDR is said to access this area of the brain, by focusing on the target problem and alternatively stimulating each side of the brain, using eye movements, sounds, or tapping. In this way, the target problem is said to be re-processed and the event becomes less distressing and problematic for the individual. EMDR allows a client to process trauma, possibly without going into graphic detail, per client preference.
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I encourage all of my clients to call and check with their insurance companies regarding their mental health benefits/coverage. It is important to do this before your first appointment, so that you have an understanding of your financial responsibility for services (co-pays, deductibles, etc.).
If you are informed by your insurance company that I am an out-of-network provider, some insurance companies will allow you to submit verification of services and will possibly assist with some kind of reimbursement. Again, I encourage you to obtain these details directly from your insurance provider.
I am in-network with the following insurance companies:
-Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
-Lutheran Preferred/3 Rivers Preferred
-Magellan Behavioral Health
-Medical Mutual of Ohio
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I am a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC). I recognize that entering therapy or counseling takes effort and courage. I have a warm, open, and accepting style, helping to establish a therapeutic relationship, as well as trust.
I utilize various approaches to empower individuals to meet their personal goals and live the life they desire. I enjoy using cognitive-behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, supportive counseling, behavioral therapy, psychoeducation, and play therapy techniques. I am also fully trained and certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), a specific type of therapy originally developed to treat trauma. This approach can be applied to a variety of clinical issues with success, even when other forms of therapy have been less impactful.
I have a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Saint Francis and a Master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Ball State University. I particularly enjoy working with adolescents/teenagers, university students, and adults, in the areas of trauma, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and adjustment challenges. My previous employment/clinical experiences included therapy positions working with children ages two and up, substance abuse, trauma, eating disorders, and suicidality. I have also taught various classes in the community and at the collegiate level, including programs on divorce, depression, caring for children who have been sexually abused, and anxiety.