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 Stephanie’S SPECIALTIES

Dialectical Behavioral THERAPY

Encompasses a wide variety  of topics and ways in which you can benefits from it!

You can utilize:

Individual Therapy: Clients are to utilize this in anyway that they see fit, in the beginning of the sessions review of a Diary Card, will take place, followed by the client and counselor collaboratively working to meet clients goals. 

Group Therapy: In the groups we will focus on the Four Core Lessons (which I have listed below). Each group session will be a time for skills learning and feedback on the effectiveness of your use of skills throughout the week.

If you want the benefits of one though, its strongly encourage that you participate in all three ways, for the most effective results towards change. 

THE FOUR CORE LESSONS INCLUDE

MINDFULNESS:  THE PRACTICE OF BEING FULLY AWARE AND PRESENT IN THIS ONE MOMENT

INTERPERSONAL EFFECTIVENESS:  HOW TO ASK FOR WHAT YOU WANT AND SAY NO WHILE MAINTAINING SELF-RESPECT AND RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHERS

DISTRESS TOLERANCE: HOW TO TOLERATE PAIN IN DIFFICULT SITUATIONS, NOT CHANGE IT

EMOTIONAL REGULATION:  HOW TO CHANGE EMOTIONS THAT YOU WANT TO CHANGE

 

DBT uses both acceptance and change strategies, DBT asks both client and therapist to find a balance between accepting reality as it is, and maintaining a strong commitment to change. Such treatment is ideally offered in an environment that is warm and validating, while attempting to offer enough challenge and guidance to effect behavioral change and reduction of harmful behaviors. The goal is to help clients create “a life worth living.” Research has shown that DBT treatment is most effective when it includes 1. individual therapy, 2. a weekly skills training group and 3. help with skills application by phone with the individual therapist between sessions.

I offer each of these components, so please connect with me if you are interested in getting a jump start towards wellness. 


Certified Eating Disorder Specialist

Stephanie is currently working towards becoming a certified eating disorder specialist which entails extensive supervision, research and course work focused on providing therapeutic interventions to those that are impacted by eating disorders.

This certification process created by iaedp (international association of eating disorder professionals) to promote standards of excellence within the field of eating disorders. Professionals who demonstrate clinical expertise through education, experience and a rigorous examination are eligible for such certification.


Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing

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. 

EMDR therapy uses a set of procedures to organize negative and positive networks within the brain and then uses bilateral stimulation, i.e., eye movements, alternative tapping, etc. as the catalyst to effectively integrate the past experiences with the present adaptive learning. For example much like eating, we digest food, keeping the nutrients necessary of health, letting go of the waste, we keep what is necessary for adaptive learning. And let go of unnecessary information.

Often times when we’ve experienced trauma whether its a Big “T” or little “t” trauma (Big T trauma examples are abuse, rape, death of a loved one, a little t trauma may be invalidation of emotions, or separation from friends/family) our brain locks that away and establishes beliefs, emotional responses and physical responses due to that experiences, EMDR goal is to help unwind that from your mind and allow there to be space for new beliefs, emotional responses and physical responses to develop.

EMDR can only really start once behaviors are stable and client can practice some mindfulness (awareness of the present moment) due to the amount of attention and awareness that is needed to successful utilize the procedural-ized steps of the therapy. Often times talk therapy (cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavioral or other therapies) need to be utilized in order to create a safety for a client to be able to take a step into the desensitization process.