Lisa Klavans-Rekosh: Licensed Clinical Social Worker/LCSW
In my therapy practice, I consider all aspects of a client's life – their family and relationships, their culture and ethnicity, their spirituality and health, their profession and activities. I believe in integrating many different philosophies into my practice to best suit the needs of my client. I have traveled extensively and also bring cultural competence to my practice, open to both Eastern and Western philosophies of treatment. In addition to my Masters in Social Work, my clinical education includes holding certificates in gender violence intervention as well as trauma informed care. I have completed EMDR 1 and 2 training and 200hr yoga and social justice training . I have experience working with individuals, couples, groups and adolescents in a variety of settings and have helped clients through a assortment of issues including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, abuse, grief, suicide, marital trouble, life transitions, trauma, substance abuse and foster care. Overall, my approach is collaborative and compassionate, respectful and honest, creative and hopeful.
In addition to talk therapy I integrate mindfulness, yoga and EMDR.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma.
EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches. It may be used on it's own to address specific issues or it may be integrated into therapy or somatic sessions for a more holistic approach.
Sometimes events happen in a person’s life that, for whatever reason, do not get properly processed and instead get stored as unprocessed memory. In more severe cases this may led to PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) where symptoms such as flashbacks keep returning us to the original trauma. However, a wide variety of experiences may get stored in this way, simply because at the time of the experience we did not have the necessary emotional, physical, or psychological resources to deal with what has happened. That event, big or small, can then become an unprocessed memory and the physical sensations, emotions, thoughts, or images associated with the event can get stored in our mind and/or our bodies, creating symptoms that may be distressing or problematic. In a sense it is as though we were moving forward in life at the same time as a part of us is stuck in the past, still caught up in that troubling event and unable to move forward. From a psychodynamic perspective we could understand that this unprocessed, stuck part needs to be brought into the present and (re)integrated.
EMDR Therapy can help identify and process these stuck pieces. It helps facilitate the activation of the brain’s inherent system to process and integrate the information that got stored or stuck. EMDR Therapy can be used on its own or it can be integrated with psychotherapy as well as somatic modalities in order to access different levels of mind and body awareness.
I offer a free 20 minute in-person or phone consultation to explore if we are a good match. Initial intake appointment is $90 and then following appointments are $60 - $90 sliding scale. All fees are due at the time of service, unless otherwise arranged. At this time I am not accepting insurance. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like to begin work together but are concerned about the fee.
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