© 2016 by Shannon Navarro, LMFT                     
                                

EMDR

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) is a well studied and empirically validated form of therapy that helps the brain heal from traumatic experiences. Through the use of eye movements or hand held "tappers" the brain is stimulated in such a way as to reprocess a traumatic memory or experience. The result is often a decreased reactivity to certain situations which can allow you to remember the incident without experiencing the disturbing emotions that have long accompanied it. Clients also report the ability to move through similar experiences (i.e revisiting the location of a trauma, getting in a car after an accident) without feeling as trigger as before their EMDR treatment. EMDR can be a highly effective tool for treating traumatic events, accidents, painful memories, PTSD, anxiety, panic, discomfort with public speaking, and fear of flying, 

 

COUPLES

Couples often arrive to therapy feeling frustrated and stuck in dynamics that came seem difficult, if not impossible, to break out of.  Every partner wants smooth communication which can allow inevitable relationships challenges to be navigated and worked through.  Couples counseling can be a great way to clarify the pathway back to feeling connected to your partner.  I can help you and your partner understand the pattern you get stuck in and help you create new ways of communicating with each other in a way that feels safe, supportive, and understanding. This process can seem vulnerable and even scary at times but when it unfolds in a caring and nurturing environment it can be truly healing for any relationship.

INDIVIDUALS

My approach is warm and collaborative as I help you increase your understanding of what might be troubling you, limiting your sense of wellness, or creating conflict in your life. I offer clients a safe space to understand complex relationships, heal traumas, develop healthy coping skills, and find ways to manage anxiety, I use a psychodynamic framework informed by attachment. If appropriate I also incorporate mindfulness and somatic techniques. When working with addiction I utilize harm reduction strategies and support 12 step models when I feel they would be beneficial.