About Linda

Hi, I'm Linda and I was born into a mess of a dysfunctional family like a lot of us are.  I struggled through my young life trying to figure things out on my own.  Life taught me lessons the hard way 

I had no idea who I was or what I wanted. 

The discoveries I made on my own journey and the emotional pain I experienced is what lead me to want to help others.  In helping others I discovered how much I love connecting with people from all walks of life and helping create a world where more people have access to the emotional support they need.

It would be my honor to support you through your journey.

 

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HOW I WORK

Many clients typically come in saying “I don’t know where to start”. I usually respond by saying: “Start wherever you want. We will eventually get where we are going.” 
Together, we identify what areas you would like to improve.  We will create a map for our journey.  As I walk beside you you will pick up tools, insights and behavioral changes along the way.  You will slowly begin to trust your feelings and control your thoughts.  As you practice your new tools you’ll learn how to handle stress, relieve anxiety and reduce pain.  Your confidence will increase as you experience small victories that let you know you’ll be able to handle life’s challenges.  One day you will awake and realize your life’s painful stories are floating away as you come to know who God created you to be.

I have an eclectic style of counseling that includes various modalities such as CBT, EMDR, IFS, etc.

Read below to learn more about these styles.

 

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COUNSELING TECHNIQUES:

EMDR: 

What is EMDR?

The goal of EMDR is to process completely the experiences that are causing problems, and to include new ones that are needed for a better life.  “Processing” does not mean talking about the issue.  “Processing” means setting up a dynamic that will allow experiences that are causing problems to be “digested” and stored appropriately in your brain. 

The brain is being studied more than it ever has and we are discovering more everyday how the brain works.  It is now believed that when we are traumatized in our brains it’s almost like a “brain disorder”.  For some reason, our brain does not “process” the memory.  It may be because of all the chemicals that are released when we go into fight, flight, or freeze.  When the brain does not process an event, all the elements of the event are just floating around in our brain.  So anytime we smell, see, feel, hear or touch something that reminds us of that event, we are triggered and respond as if we are still back there in the trauma!  In other words, the trauma then “directs” our behavior.  That behavior is not usually appropriate for present time and we find our lives being affected negatively.  We find we have a negative belief about ourselves and our disturbance level is high!

What can I expect in the EMDR session?

We will spend some time getting to know one another.  I want you to feel comfortable during the processing.  During that time you will tell me why you have come and about the events that have been disturbing to you.

To begin EMDR I will ask a series of 5 questions.  I will then ask you to think about the answers to those questions as you undergo bilateral stimulation.  Bilateral stimulation is a simple procedure getting the right side of your brain to communicate with the left side of your brain.  This process will activate the memory and help it to process.  The amount of time this processing will take depends on the client and the event.  Hopefully by the end of the processing you will have a more positive belief about yourself and the event will feel much less disturbing.

The inappropriate emotions, beliefs, and body sensations will be discarded. Negative emotions, feelings and behaviors are generally caused by unresolved earlier experiences that are pushing you in the wrong directions. The goal of EMDR therapy is to leave you with the emotions, understanding, and perspectives that will lead to healthy and useful behaviors and interactions.

How many sessions will this take?

The amount of time it will take to process the events depends on the history of the client.


Learn more about EMDR