I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in San Rafael, specializing in recovery from the negative effects of trauma, abuse, neglect, anxiety, and depression, primarily utilizing Attachment Focused EMDR therapy. Prior to private practice I worked at Marin Services for Women, and Family Service Agency treating children, adults, and families whose lives had been adversely affected by traumatic events, violence, and addiction among other serious stressors. Throughout my 18 years of experience working with these kinds of clients I have found that many of them have also suffered deep childhood attachment wounds, which often seem to be at the root of their struggles.
Since being trained through EMDRIA, I began offering EMDR therapy to my clients and they reported that it helped them so much more effectively and efficiently than traditional talk therapy had. Additionally, I trained with Laurel Parnell in AF-EMDR, which integrates developmental attachment repair with EMDR, and this has provided the integral centerpiece for healing the client population I have most often worked with. It is immensely gratifying to see the transformation that clients experience through this process.
My therapeutic style is warm, down to earth, and interactive. I know that an accepting and safe environment is key to building trust and helping you discover and resolve the barriers that prevent you from living freely and unencumbered by the past. In addition to AF-EMDR, I may incorporate cognitive behavioral therapy, client centered, psychodynamic, or solution focused therapy into the work, according to your needs.
I am passionate about my work with my clients and do my very best to bring about change, growth and healing in a supportive, compassionate way. I welcome your phone call, or email, if you’d like to know more about how I might be helpful to you, or if you would like to schedule an appointment.
Credential/Qualification: MS, LMFT
Years in Practice: 18
- Completed Approved EMDR Basic Training
Approving / Certifying Organization: EMDRIA
- Adolescents (13-17)
- Alcohol/Substance Abuse
- Panic/Anxiety Disorders
- Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Date completed basic EMDR training: 2012
Trainer: Curt Rouanzoin, PhD
Date completed EMDR Advanced Clinical Workshop and Refresher Course (Part 3): 2016
Trainer: Laurel Parnell