What Insurance do you Accept?

We will be working to add more providers in the future, however we do not accept other HMO’s unless previously listed above. Other payment options are available.

What Type of Training Does Therapist Have?

After 9 years of education, I Gained a Master’s of Science at the University Wisconsin-Whitewater in May, 2018 for Counselor Education with a Human Services Minor and Neuroscience Minor Elective Courses. My Education at UW-Whitewater included gaining knowledge relating to Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Trauma. Required 3 years in Master’s program for a CACRAP- Accredited program which then approved me as a Licensed Practicing Counselor.

I Gained a Specialty in Marriage, Couples and Family Therapy Early On in My Career Gaining My Skills Along The Way. This Started When I Was First Meeting With The Parents Of The Children Enrolling at Credence Therapy, and It Was There That I Began Experiencing Each Of The Specific Dynamics Between Those Families And Its Members. This Was An Opening To Seeing How Interactions, Communication, and Non-Verbals Unfolded And To Develop Understanding Into The Messages Or Behaviors Learned Throughout Those Exchanges.

I Obtained 2 Years Of Training In EMDR Therapy With An EMDRIA.ORG-Certified Provider in Illinois Including A 2-Part Basic Training and Then Structural Dissociation, Ego State Therapy, and EMDR.

Obtained Training In Structural Dissociation, Ego State Therapy, And EMDR. This More In-Depth Training Was Setup To Help In Assisting The Therapist In Determining When Appropriate To Access A Clients Ego States or Dissociative Parts Of The Personality For Successful EMDR Processing. Skills That Can Benefit All Clients By Improving Distinct Neurological Pathways Healing Parts Of The Brain’s Maladaptive Processing (i.e. Emotional, Behavioral, and Thought Processes).

What is EMDR Therapy?

According to EMDRIA.ORG Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) is a clinically researched psychotherapy used to help individuals process information from their past and guide them through emotional information allowing the brain to heal itself. This form of trauma treatment utilizes bilateral stimulation with eye movements causing a neurological response in the brain. It’s helping the brain to move that information from the amygdala (emotional area of the brain (i.e. fight, flight, freeze response) to make the proper connections with the hippocampus (i.e. memory stores in the brain) and the pre-frontal cortex (where analytical or logical thinking occurs in the brain). These connections help the brain be able to access information from past memories and logical thinking to re-consolidate information in the brain after making those connections.

For example, when an individual’s emotions are high and responding like there’s a threat the amygdala is running the show. This is to help people survive when danger is present, thus, pushing hormones throughout the body to react quickly.  Our brains are setup this way for a fast response to help keep us alive, but sometimes that traumatic information stays in the amygdala because it’s perceived as a threat. How do you ask can this cause issues? Well, generally individuals are finding that in certain situations they react emotionally instead of thinking things through with certain topics. Research has shown many improvements with all different types of modalities including PTSD, Grief, Anxiety, Depression and the list continues on.

According to EMDRIA.ORG– Certified therapists, they have noted positive changes in less time with EMDR processing and its provided skills than with just primary talk-therapy sessions. Also, they noted that common methods of talk therapy could retraumatize an individual, but EMDR helps clients process trauma more efficiently in less time.

Expectations

Whether It’s Coming For individual, Couple’s Or Marriage Counseling, Guiding Waters Counseling, L.L.C. Strives To Keep Client’s Informed On What They Can Expect From Their Therapy Services. Whether It’s Expectations From Therapist And Client Roles Or If It’s Based On A General Sense Of Direction For Sessions, The Client(s) Will Always Be The One(s) Leading The Session With The Therapist As Their Guide.

Works Collaboratively With Clients To Provide Them With The Opportunity To Choose The Theological Therapy StyleThat Best Works For Them Within Sessions. Utilizing An Eclectic Approach To Treatment, I Understand That Each Person Is Unique, Thus Needing And Showing More Improvements With Certain Skills Better Than That Of Others.  Examples Include Person-Centered, Gestalt, Adlerian, Solution-Focused, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). Starting With Paperwork, Background Information, Assessments Appropriate For Services, Direction (Goals) For Therapy, And Providing Psychoeducation Throughout Treatment.

Marriage, Family, And Couple’s Counseling Is A Unique Perspective That Gives A Look Into The Creation Of How Each Individual Understands, Interprets And Perceives The World Through Their Own Family Dynamics.

For This Type Of Therapy, It’s Important To Start With The Sessions’ Expectations, Provide Psychoeducation, And To Help Teach Each Individual New Message Delivery Techniques And Ways To Improve As A Unit. What A Beautiful Thing To Experience, Including Its Wonderful Evolution Of A Relationship Through Guiding And Exploring Parts Of Themselves.

Starting Sessions By Information Gathering, Assessments, Psychoeducation And Obtaining Regular Use Of EMDR Skills For At Least A Month Prior to Reprocessing. Once Moving Toward Reprocessing, Therapist Will Have Client Work On Target Sequencing Plan To Determine Direction With Session Including Obtaining Target Concern, Negative Beliefs, Positive Beliefs, And Exploring Examples Of Each. Client, Based On Assessment Information, Will Explore With Therapist The Most Appropriate Next Steps In Terms Of Reprocessing Speed. Either Utilizing EMD^ (Desensitization Only), EMDr (Small Amount Of Reprocessing), or EMDR (Full Reprocessing).

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