psychotherapist, trauma expert
LMFT license #45229
Are you hurting, feeling broken, worthless, or overwhelmed?
Struggling with intrusive memories or nightmares,
or repeating behaviors that you don’t want to embrace?
Do you feel isolated with the sense that no one could possibly understand, or afraid that if others knew the truth, you would be rejected?
YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
THERE IS HOPE.
Welcome to Tamar Counseling Services.
Areas of Expertise
Trauma / PTSD
Depression and Anxiety
I specialize in helping you resolve traumatic and painful experiences from a trauma-informed lens, within a neurobiological and attachment framework. I am certified and experienced in EMDR, an empirically validated treatment approach with the highest success rate in treatment of trauma. I am also trained in and provide Brainspotting, another sub-cortical trauma treatment approach that emerged from EMDR. I am a certified yoga teacher with specialized training in Trauma Sensitive Yoga, an evidence-based somatic treatment which helps to ground and empower survivors of chronic abuse. The approach we take with your treatment will be tailored to your specific needs, strengths, interest, and comfort through collaborative discussion and as you feel ready. It is my passion to help others grow from victim to victorious survivor, helping you to resolve dissonance between your beliefs and your experiences, facilitate harmony between thoughts and emotions, and create empowerment by strengthening internal and external supports. I have walked this road, and I have helped many others navigate successfully and safely down this seemingly unsurpassable road, too. Healing is possible. Freedom awaits at the other side.
What to Expect
Initially, therapy begins with an overview of the problem with which you are struggling and the goals that brought you to seek help. This is an opportunity for you to ask any questions you might have, and for you to evaluate whether I am the right fit to help you with your needs. I want to get to know and understand you, what you are struggling with, and how it is impacting you. Initially, general goals are cultivating connection and safety, and building your internal resources. We can go at your pace, and I welcome your input, questions, and collaboration as we move forward. Psychodynamic exploration, narrative reworking, and cognitive exploration may be part of our process. With chronic abuse, trauma sensitive yoga techniques may facilitate self-awareness, safety, and grounding. EMDR and Brainspotting are the most powerful and effective approaches I have experienced and employed in reprocessing and releasing traumas, whether recent or with decades-long roots. I frequently use art and play therapy approaches with child clients. I invite you to make my office a safe container in which to unload, release, and leave your problems.