Providing Individual, Couples and Adolescent Counseling
Pamela’s Expertise & Services include:
EMDR for Trauma
Addiction & Recovery
Depression and Anxiety
Couples Communication Skills
Panic Attacks and Phobia
Grief and Loss
Parenting and Family Issues
Is therapy right for me?
Seeking out therapy is an individual choice. There are many reasons why people come to therapy. Sometimes it is to deal with long-standing psychological issues, or problems with anxiety or depression. Other times it is in response to unexpected changes in one’s life such as a divorce or work transition. Many seek the advice of a therapist as they pursue their own personal exploration and growth. Working with a therapist can help provide insight, support, and new strategies for all types of life challenges. Therapy can help address many types of issues including depression, anxiety, conflict, grief, stress management, body-image issues, and general life transitions. Therapy is right for anyone who is interested in getting the most out of their life by taking responsibility, creating greater self-awareness, and working towards change in their lives.
What can I expect in a therapy session?
Every therapy session is unique and caters to each individual and their specific goals. During therapy sessions it is standard to talk about the primary issues and concerns in your life. It is common to schedule a series of weekly sessions, where each session lasts 55 minutes. Sometimes individuals who are going through a particularly difficult challenge may request more time per session or more than one session per week. Therapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue or longer-term, addressing more complex issues or ongoing personal growth. There may be times when you are asked to take certain actions outside of the therapy sessions, such as reading a relevant book or keeping records to track certain behaviors. Between sessions it is important process what has been discussed and integrate it into your life. For therapy to be most effective you must be an active participant, both during and between the sessions.
What benefits can I expect from working with a therapist?
Therapy can provide insight and new perspectives into life’s challenges and can help create solutions to difficult problems. Many people find that working with a therapist can enhance personal development, improve relationships and family dynamics, and can ease the challenges of daily life. Sometimes, just having someone there to listen is helpful. Overall, people in therapy tend to have lower levels of anxiety and stress, decreased conflict, and improved quality of life.
Some of the benefits available from therapy include:
Developing new skills for handling stress and anxiety
Modifying unhealthy behavior and long-standing patterns
Attaining insight into personal patterns and behavior
Increasing confidence, peace, vitality, and well-being
Improving ways to manage anger, depression and moods
Discovering new ways to solve problems
Navigating life’s obstacles more effectively
Improving listening and communication skills
Enhancing the overall quality of life
Is therapy confidential?
In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and a psychotherapist. Information is not disclosed without written permission. However, there are number of exceptions to this rule.
Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse.
The therapist is required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s.
The therapist must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
If a client intends to harm himself or herself. The therapist will make every effort to enlist
their cooperation in ensuring their safety. If they do not cooperate. Further measures
may be taken without their permission in order to ensure their safety.
In a comfortable and supportive atmosphere, I offer a highly personalized
and professional approach tailored to each of my client’s individual needs.
Together we strive for symptom relief, well-being, health and
solutions to long-standing problems.
Have you tried different types of therapy & are still struggling...?
Is your anxiety & fear preventing you from enjoying daily activities?
Do you struggle with recurring anxiety & fears from a traumatic event ?
Have you tried other forms of therapy & have not seen improvement in your symptoms ?
Is an evidence based psychotherapy treatment for trauma or any adverse event that our system has absorbed.
EMDR treatment addresses:
+ past experiences
+ current triggers
+ potential future challenges
+ alleviation of anxiety symptoms
+ decrease or elimination of distress from
+ An improved view of self
+ resolution of present and/or anticipated future triggers
EMDR is recommended to treat all forms of trauma
and anxiety issues.
If you have further questions about EMDR,
feel free to contact me.
E M D R
Do you find yourself in the same conflicts
over and over ?
In your relationships, do you get angry or do you
withdraw from trying to communicate ?
Are you noticing frustration when trying to communicate with your adult child ?
Do you find yourself in the same discussions over
and over at work and don’t feel heard ?
communication skills ?
+ effective ways of talking & listening
+ better understanding of self & others
+ satisfying resolutions to conflicts
+ reduced tension & hostility
+ improved parent-child communication
+ productive communication at work
Collaborative Communication Classes
The destructive ways we are taught to communicate in our society create a great deal of unnecessary suffering, alienation, shame, mistrust and misunderstanding.
You Will Learn:
+ access the five aspects of self-awareness
& a deeper sense of self
+ take ownership & responsibility for your statements by using “I” messages
+ lay groundwork for recovery from co-dependent and dysfunctional behavior
+ develop effective listening skills
+ discover & validate your partner’s reality without violating boundaries
+ prevent destructive tensions & patterns in behavior
+ use effective techniques to resolve & enhance the esteem of self, partner, family & friends
+ eliminate shaming behaviors & develop a family system based on respect for all members
+ use appropriate styles of effective communication
& conflict resolution
+ select specific goals & problem solving strategies
for sharing & obtaining information
Collaborative Communication Classes
Does your Addiction Treatment Center need support supervising AMFT and AMSW interns?
Is your staff struggling with group curriculum for varied evidence based groups that are dynamic and innovative for your clients?
Are you currently offering EMDR to your trauma clients?
I have a passion for educating those seeking recovery. I offer solutions to all of these issues.
My experience includes working in Residential Men and Women’s Treatment Centers as a Clinical Director, Clinical Supervisor and Marriage & Family Therapists.
Clinical Supervision for Associate MFT’s and Associate MSW’s training includes:
+ clinical skills directly related to the stages of change, co-addictions and family systems.
+ documentation skills necessary for accurate clinical documentation and insurance submission.
+ the importance of knowledge about addiction and how it affects the client
and their family.
I offer a variety of evidence based group sessions to engage clients in their recovery. This service can also provide clinical
staff with additional time to focus
on their client caseload.
+ Therapeutic Groups: CBT, Conflict Resolution, DBT, Family Recovery, Grief and Loss, Healthy Relationships, Psycho-education in Recovery, and Stages of Change.
+ Psycho-educational Groups: The 12 Step Model of Recovery, Anger Management, Foundations in Early Recovery, Communication Skills, Science of Addiction, The Shame Cycle in Recovery, and SMART Recovery. + Life Skill Groups: Daily Goal Setting in Recovery, Managing Money Through Sobriety, Peer Solutions, Relapse Prevention, and Stress Management.
+ Experiential Groups: Life skills, Teamwork, and Positive Coping in Recovery, Mindfulness in Recovery, and Creating a Recovery Plan.
A high percentage of substance abusers have trauma history & anxiety. EMDR heals underlying trauma & provides clients with an ability to cope with daily life while in treatment. I would be happy to discuss your needs for supervision, group facilitation & EMDR services.