Interpersonal relationships are often what brings purpose and meaning to life, but they can also be sources of pain and dissatisfaction. Sometimes the pain can come from being disconnected and not experiencing the joy that satisfying relationships can bring. Other times pain can come from relational conflict or other barriers like trauma, communication problems, loss, and life changes. Experiencing that lack of connectedness with others can feel depressing, isolating, and difficult to navigate. I am here to help you build new, meaningful connections, strengthen current relationships, and/or let go of unhealthy relationships. You can expect from me a warm and caring approach where I provide an evidence-based process with empirically supported interventions like CBT and EMDR to assist our work. Together, I feel confident we can help you feel more connected and experience the joy meaningful relationships can bring.
MORE ABOUT PAMELA
I believe therapy is a teamwork process; your input on what is helping, or not helping, will be invaluable to your healing and progress. I prefer to give weekly assignments, but only if you feel comfortable completing them. I will lean heavily on evidence-based approaches because I like my clients to walk away from therapy feeling a sense of relief and/or accomplishment.
Anxiety & Social Anxiety
Grief & Loss
AGE OF SPECIALTY
TYPES OF THERAPY
Dialectical Behavioral (DBT)
Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
Acceptance and Commitment (ACT)
Brene Brown Research
Values and goal oriented
“Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.”
KNOW YOUR THERAPIST
WHAT DID YOU GET YOUR DEGREE(S) IN AND WHERE FROM?
MSW intern from Boise State University.
I am also trained in EMDR through an EMDRIA certified consulting company and now working towards EMDR Certification. This process requires many hours of practice and consulting work.
SUMMARY OF PROFESSIONAL HISTORY
I have worked in the social work field for about six years now. I have experience working as a case manager in addiction treatment and residential adolescent treatment centers. I also have experience with grief counseling in the hospice setting.
WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO BECOME A THERAPIST?
It’s my passion to help humans find closure and the healing needed to move on and live joyful, fulfilling lives. I feel this usually happens by learning from personal life experiences and appropriately integrating them into new adaptive neuro networks. Pema Chodron said, “Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.”
WHATS YOUR THERAPEUTIC APPROACH?
I am of the opinion therapy is more than just venting or talking. I value my therapeutic relationship with my clients, and I value the science of treatment modalities. You will find I will lean heavily on EMDR, CBT, and DBT because these are treatments that make a substantial impact on traumatic experiences and maladaptive thinking patterns that lead to mental illness.
WHAT KIND OF HOMEWORK OR ASSIGNMENTS DO YOU GIVE CLIENTS?
Homework will be optional, but I feel it is paramount for clients who want to see progress in their treatment. Homework assignments will vary according to individual needs and goals and should not feel overwhelming.
HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR MY FIRST SESSION WITH YOU?
I only ask that you come with an idea of what you would like to work on during our time together.