Concerns Addressed

Here is a list of common concerns you might like to address in counseling. If your concern is not listed, please ask if it's something I have experience in or can help you with!

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Anger/ irritability
  • Trauma and/or abuse
  • Dissociation
  • Relationship distress and/or distrust
  • Low self-worth
  • Family conflict
  • Senior life transitions
  • Gender identity exploration/ integration
  • Sexual orientation distress
  • Grief/ Loss
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Self-injury
  • Obsessive thoughts/ compulsive behaviors
  • Addictive behaviors (when co-morbid)
  • Disordered eating
  • Lack of healthy coping skills
  • Spirituality concerns

Specialties

Gender Therapy

All providers at New Story are queer-friendly and work with transgender, gender non-conforming, and/or gender fluid individuals. This may involve referral for hormone therapy and/or surgery, addressing the coming out process, navigating name and gender changes, healing from misnaming/mis-gendering, and ultimately accepting and integrating oneself without shame or fear. This process may also include learning to self-advocate, create space for oneself in the community, and face the challenges of oppression/marginalization.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Several providers at New Story are trained in EMDR. EMDR is an evidence-based therapy that utilizes bilateral stimulation (BLS) on the body to effectively heal from past traumas and reduce future fears. EMDR is a therapy often used with clients who struggle with low self-worth, a depressed mood, high anxiety, and/or post-traumatic stress. We learn to think poorly about ourselves when we've experienced social isolation or exclusion, hyper-criticism, abuse, neglect, or other forms of trauma. Reprocessing these past traumas with EMDR alleviates the symptoms of distress we experience and helps us achieve a better self-image, maintain healthier relationships, and have a better outlook on life. EMDR can also be effective in treating other specific concerns, such as OCD and addiction.

What is BLS and how does it work?

Bilateral stimulation (BLS) is comparable to the process your brain engages in during your REM (rapid eye movement) cycle of sleep. During REM cycle, your body is stimulating both left and right hemispheres of the brain simultaneously to produce a dynamic sleep cycle that helps you reprocess experiences of your day. Similarly, BLS during the EMDR process helps you reprocess old and harmful experiences from your past that your brain (and body) haven’t been able to let go of in a productive or healthy way.

To learn more about EMDR, visit:

https://www.emdria.org/about-emdr-therapy/