PROFESSIONAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING
Christie is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with a special interest in areas surrounding anxiety, depression, codependency, addictions, developmental injury and trauma. Utilizing skills and interventions such as DBT Skills, EMDR, Equine-Assisted Therapy and Ketamine-Assisted Therapy. Christie will assist in identifying and exploring common dysfunctional symptoms and patterns of behavior that were created between the ages of 0-18. Christie will assist the client in moving away from the negative automatic responses, thoughts, and emotions that once served as mechanisms for survival, and towards a healthy compassion for self and one’s unique life journey. This process can greatly enhance the ability to find, create and maintain long-lasting and deeply satisfying relationships.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) provides clients with new skills to manage painful emotions and decrease conflict in relationships. DBT specifically focuses on providing therapeutic skills in four key areas. First, mindfulness focuses on improving an individual’s ability to accept and be present in the current moment. Second, distress tolerance is geared toward increasing a person’s tolerance of negative emotion, rather than trying to escape from it. Third, emotion regulation covers strategies to manage and change intense emotions that are causing problems in a person’s life. Fourth, interpersonal effectiveness consists of techniques that allow a person to communicate with others in a way that is assertive, maintains self-respect, and strengthens relationships.
Eye-Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)
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. It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal. EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma.
During EMDR treatment, you will remain in control, fully alert and wide-awake. This is not a form of hypnosis, and you can stop the process at any time. Throughout the session, the therapist will support and facilitate your own self-healing and intervene as little as possible. Reprocessing is usually experienced as something that happens spontaneously, and new connections and insights are felt to arise quite naturally from within. As a result, most people experience EMDR as being a natural and very empowering therapy.
Through the collaboration with a nurse practitioner who is certified and experienced with ketamine administration, I am able to offer this therapy as an alternative to clients who have been unable to manage their depression and/or other mental health conditions through traditional mental health interventions. Ketamine has been used off-label in sub-anesthetic doses for the past 20 years to treat chronic pain, depression, and a variety of other mental health concerns, thanks to its rapid onset antidepressant effects, sometimes providing nearly immediate relief from emotional and physical pain. While the antidepressant effects tend to be temporary after a single ketamine treatment, multiple treatments have proven to have a cumulative effect, successfully alleviating symptoms in approximately 30 – 60% of individuals with treatment-resistant depression.
In low doses, ketamine can serve as a supportive adjunct to psychotherapy, as it provides an opportunity for the temporary softening of the psychological defenses, allowing for deeper self-reflection and psychotherapeutic processing.