Shaped by our childhood experiences and the culture we grew up in, managing life can feel stressful and often overwhelming.  Therapy can help.

What is psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is talk-based approach aimed at increasing one's awareness and well-being.

Specialties:

I work with adolescents, adults, and couples who present with varying challenges to include; relationship issues, depression, anxiety, phase of life issues, trauma, PTSD, sexual and physical abuse, substance abuse, diversity, and identity issues. 

Not all clients seek therapy for a specific reason. Oftentimes, clients desire to just know themselves better and find that an objective third-party is helpful.

How I work:   

The foundation of my work draws from a psychodynamic approach which is an insight-oriented therapy where the therapist works in collaboration with each client to explore the underlying root cause to one's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. By uncovering the origins, we can work toward bringing the unconscious (unaware) to the conscious(aware) so that one can better understand self, relationships, motivations, and ultimately work towards a happier, healthier, and more capable being.

While psychodynamic is the foundation of my work, I do not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to therapy and therefore mix in other modalities when appropriate to include; somatic based approaches such as Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), relational therapy, emotionally-focused therapy, and mindfulness based approaches. The bottom line is, each client presents with unique challenges and my goal is to meet the client where they are at in their process.

EMDR:

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is an effective evidenced-based therapeutic tool which is used to alleviate symptoms of and reprocess trauma. When we experience trauma (big or little) the trauma gets locked in the right hemisphere of our brain which has no language or sense of time. Thus, it can feel like the trauma is happening now with the same disturbing cognitions, sounds, smells, and sights. EMDR uses bilateral stimulation (BLS) to activate our neural pathways in both our right and left hemisphere (language center) so that our brain can reprocess, remove any blocks, and naturally heal itself. 

Accountability:

I believe in personal and professional growth and as part of my licensing requirements I attend continuing education on a regular basis.

I belong to a consultation group consisting of licensed psychologists and therapists who meet regularly to discuss cases. We use this time to ensure that we are giving our clients the best possible care and treatment. No identifying information is given about clients unless consent to release information is signed.

Fees:

My fee per session is $175-$200. Sliding scale spots are offered at limited availability. I accept cash, check, or credit card. Payment is due at time of service.

Insurance: 

I do not accept insurance but on request I can provide a super bill at the end of the month which you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.

 

 

© 2015 by Leanne Miller, Ph.D, LMFT