EMDR is an evidence based therapy that uses bilateral stimulation (like moving your eyes from side to side, like in REM sleep, or tapping your hands back and forth) to help your brain process through memories or experiences that got "stuck" and didn't get to process through the first time. It also involves building up some positive neural networks to help you feel better about yourself in general.
Picking a therapist can be really challenging. You want to make sure that they are well trained in what you want to work on, but also that you feel comfortable with them. It's totally normal to feel anxious at first, but ideally you want to get a good vibe from them. And if you don't feel like it is working out, you can always ask for referrals to other therapists. (This doesn't happen that often though, because we're pretty great!)
Of course! There is not one single type of therapy that is the cure for everything. We also have experience with styles of therapy like Mindfulness Based, Family Systems, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Client Centered, Internal Family Systems, and Attachment Based. We are always focused on providing individualized therapy that is best suited to what you want to work on. We may do a little mindfulness stuff as preparation for EMDR, or vice versa. And, in our experience, EMDR is really helpful for most things.
EMDR was originally thought of as a therapy for PTSD, so we definitely help people who have PTSD. But we also help people who have anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, attachment injuries, behavior problems, and identity issues.
Some of us are in network with Premera, LifeWise, and FirstChoice insurance companies. We are also in network with some Blue Cross plans from out of state; you'll want to check with your insurance to make sure. To see who takes what, you can check the "About Us" page.
If we don't take your insurance, we'll still be happy to bill your insurance company for you. If you have out of network benefits you may receive similar rates to if we were in network, or they might reimburse you to a smaller degree. Again, you'll want to check with your insurance company about these benefits.
Yes! We'd love to work with you. We welcome people from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds, as well as people who identify as LGBTQIA or have varied gender expressions. We have extensive experience with and passion for working with people from marginalized groups regarding internalized messages from society and the impact of oppression and prejudice. We are welcoming to those in the kink, poly and sex worker community.
Yes! Parking can be kind of a pain in the area, but once you get to the building you're all good. We have an elevator, ADA bathrooms, and spacious offices.
Most therapy sessions are 50-55 minutes long. Especially if you have insurance, this is the longest session they will cover. Sometimes it is helpful to do longer sessions, so we can also schedule 90 minute sessions if you'd like.