How I Work
After 20 years of working in private practice, I have now retired from client work though I continue to provide consultation for EMDR therapists.
Developing A Secure Self
Developing a Secure Self is an attachment-based approach to adult psychotherapy that I created over a period of years in response to the needs of my clients. The goals include strengthening a sense of self and self-structure, developing a new relationship with self and increased self-esteem, enhanced emotional skills, and the security from which a client can comfortably explore the world and engage in healthy relationships.
Imaginal Nurturing is ego-state work rooted in attachment theory and research and is the heart of the Developing a Secure Self approach. It addresses early deficits through working directly with needs for and difficulties with nurturing, intimacy, and autonomy. The client develops a new relationship with self through connections with the younger parts of self.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) was developed by psychologist, Dr. Francine Shapiro, in the late 1980’s as a treatment for post-traumatic stress. It has become a powerful and widely-accepted form of therapy for moving into the past disturbing memories, which are the root of so many present-day problems including PTSD, anxiety, and addictions.