PROFESSIONAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING
Through the therapeutic process, Christie invites her clients to identify and explore common dysfunctional symptoms and patterns of behavior that were created between the ages of 0-18, (Family of Origin issues, school bullying, etc), as well as patterns that were created while enduring trauma. 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.
EMDR: Step by Step – Theories and Research – YouTube
Trauma and the nervous system: a polyvagal perspective – YouTube
Post-Induction Therapy (aka The Meadows Model)
Post induction therapy is a therapeutic model developed by Pia Mellody in the 1970s. This approach is used to treat the effects of developmental trauma (complex-PTSD).
The effects of childhood developmental trauma do not end with the arrival of adulthood. Unfortunately, the impacts are varying, specific to the individual, and often long-lasting. Post-Induction Therapy helps adults heal by addressing the trauma and adversity that occurred during childhood, which is believed to be the root causes of codependent behaviors and many adult attachment disorders. By addressing past experiences and events, post induction therapy can help encourage healthy coping strategies. These strategies can be used in place of unsafe and unhealthy coping mechanisms that have been forged over the years and resulted in chaos, dysfunctional relationships, low self-esteem and loss of self.