About me:

Leslie4ss (35K)  

As a psychotherapist for more than 20 years, I continually search for techniques that help me get to the root of emotional, mental or physical problems. Talking about a problem often doesn't provide resolution or very quick healing. As I searched for techniques that integrate the Mind, Body and Spiritual parts of a person, I knew I needed something that goes beyond the mind to break the chains of behavioral, emotional, and even physical patterns, that keep people stuck.

   

I found two techniques that do this and have seen amazing results with EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique - or tapping). The concept of clearing emotional trauma by getting to the core or root of the source is not a new one. What is refreshing is these newer techniques use more than talk therapy to include the body in the therapeutic process (with no touch by the therapist). This allows the root or anchor of the trauma to be accessed easily, and the healing or release to be fast. We can quickly clear what used to take years of therapy.

 

All of us have a natural defense system formed in our early childhood years. This system is still stored and operating in our unconscious minds. Gary Craig, the founder of EFT, calls it "the writing on our walls." It's a great metaphor because EFT (and EMDR) seem to be able to transform the unchecked negative beliefs in the walls of our mind. Our everyday lives are guided by these unconscious beliefs, and that is what makes patterns of thinking and behaving so difficult to change.

 

I'm thankful that I could experience these methods and benefit from them. I choose to pass this knowledge and assistance along to others because I realize it is often difficult to work through "the writing on the walls of our mind" alone. I find great joy in helping people heal and in teaching these techniques which can be continued long after therapy has stopped.

 

I have an undergraduate degree (B.A.) from UCSB (Santa Barbara, CA) in psychology, and a graduate degree (M.A.) from National University (Sacramento, CA) in counseling psychology. I have had training in transactional therapy, cognitive behavioral, and developmental (attachment) therapies but what I consider most valuable is my training with Phillip Manfield, Ph.D., EMDR; EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy) with Rebecca Jorgensen, Ph.D.; and lastly EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique or "tapping") workshops.

 

I work with adult individuals and couples.