Psychotherapy is a viable choice when you are feeling overwhelmed by difficult issues and difficult emotions. A therapist can help you resolve your issues, get relief from difficult feelings and help you to make sense out of the broken pieces in your life. The problem you are experiencing can be a broken relationship, anxiety, depression, or anything else that is painful for you. It is important to Dr. Swartout that the therapeutic environment is a safe place where you can talk about things confidentially without worrying about the consequences of revealing personal information. Dr. Swartout will make it as easy as possible for you to discuss the truth about your life including your difficult issues and feelings.
Dr. Swartout offers the following services to help you:
- Therapy for Depression
- Counseling for Anxiety
- Grief & Bereavement Counseling
- Counseling for Friends & Family of Addicts
- Individual Therapy
- Couples Therapy/Premarital Counseling
- Healing for Adults Wounded in Childhood (DNMS)
- Intensive Therapy
The DNMS is an ego state therapy designed to treat a wide range of clients, symptoms, and issues. This includes adults with complex trauma wounds, such as those inflicted by verbal, physical, and sexual abuse; and with attachment wounds, such as those inflicted by parental rejection, neglect, and enmeshment. The DNMS is based on the assumption that the degree to which developmental needs were not adequately met is the degree to which a client is stuck in childhood. It starts by guiding clients to establish three internal Resources: a Nurturing Adult Self, a Protective Adult Self, and a Spiritual Core Self. Together these Resources gently help wounded child ego states get unstuck from the past by meeting their unmet developmental needs, helping them process through painful emotions, and by establishing an emotional bond. Alternating bilateral stimulation (made popular by EMDR therapy) is applied at key points in the process. The DNMS focuses special attention on healing maladaptive introjects (ego states that mimic abusive, neglectful, or dysfunctional caregivers). Since these wounded ego states cause the most trouble for clients, their healing results in a significant benefit. As introjects heal, clients report unwanted behaviors, beliefs, and emotions diminish.
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 different treatment approaches.
Brainspotting is particularly effective with trauma-based situations, helping to identify and heal underlying trauma that contributes to anxiety, depression, and other behavioral conditions. It gives the therapist access to both brain and body processes. The goal is to bypass the conscious, neocortical thinking and access the deeper, subcortical emotional and body-based parts of the brain.
Dr. Swartout uses Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), which can help you and your partner sort out your problems and build a strong relationship. She can also help you fine-tune a good relationship to make it better. Whether you are in the middle of a crisis, moving through a difficult transition time, or discovering unpleasant behaviors – Dr. Swartout can be a tremendous source of support, strength and growth. Dr. Swartout can be the third party who helps you work through anger, resentment or frustration, get to workable solutions, prevent a divorce, enhance your love life, or simply deepen the love you have for each other.
You may be referred for an evaluation by your physician, attorney, or licensing board. Psychological tests are used during these kinds of evaluations. The information gathered from these tests along with the information from a clinical interview can help to create a treatment plan especially designed for you.
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