Relief & resolution of single events and complex trauma.
The EFT process can help you repair the bonds in your partnership.
Melissa offers Individual and Group Counseling using Carnes' 30 Task Model.
I'm an EMDRIA trained therapist in the evidenced based trauma therapy model, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, and have spent significant time training in the areas of Peter Levine's Somatic Experiencing Model, Deb Dana's Polyvagal Theory in Therapy and the Structural Dissociation Model.
EMDR, Polyvagal and Somatic approaches can offer a great deal of relief and resolution, especially when combined to treat the complex trauma most clients have experienced. I believe our bodies have a story to tell and through the therapist ~ client connection, those stories can be shared, held and recreated in support of wholeness and happiness.
Everyone wants to be seen, heard and valued. My experience and training as an Emotionally Focused Therapist and Psychobiological Approach Couple Therapist allows me to provide marriage counseling through a humanistic lens, recognizing each individual within the partnership as an expert in the process occurring between them.
I'm specifically trained as a Certified Sex Addiction and Betrayal Trauma Therapist through IITAP and APSATS. This makes my professional focus working with individuals, partners and couples experiencing challenges due to compulsive sexual behaviors and the betrayal trauma associated with those behaviors.
My experience, training and passion is for working with adults who experience challenges due to traumatic experiences, over a lifetime. These experiences may present as anxiety, depression, substance use, and/or behavioral addiction (such as sex, porn, eating, working, exercise, spending, or gambling). Through integrative counseling and therapies including the AIP Model of EMDR, Polyvagal Theory and Attachment and Neurodevelopment Theory, my goal for treatment is to help each of my clients learn to regulate their nervous systems, learn the skills necessary to be more functional, and to identify and live congruent with their values in connection with trusted others.
Professionally, those letters behind my name mean that I'm a Licensed Professional Counselor, an Associate Sex Addiction Therapist, a Certified Partners Specialist - Candidate, a Registered Yoga Teacher and Trauma Releasing Exercise Facilitator - in training.
I'm also trained in EMDR, S.E. and EF
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