Services We Provide
An introduction to the techniques, specialties, & services our clinicians provide:
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
DBT is an evidence-based practice that allows you to reduce suffering and improve your quality of life by teaching & coaching skills of mindfulness (non-judgmentally present), emotion regulation (regaining control of feelings and moods), distress tolerance (coping through difficult situations), and interpersonal effectiveness (creating & maintaining relationships).
[Raleigh] Pressley Cox, Casie Hall, Tyler Jensen, Leah Sampson, Molly Schweers
[Durham] Meg Barry, Chris Burner, Beth Flack, Taylor Houchens, Natalie Parmenter, Justine Protas
Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing
EMDR is a powerful, research-supported treatment that is endorsed by EMDRIA and the Veteran's Administration for the compassionate and effective treatment of trauma and related disturbances. EMDR uses what we know about neuroscience and the brain to help us identify, locate, and address the "root(s)" of our current discomforts, thus effectively and efficiently alleviating symptoms of trauma (emotional, psychological, physical & attachment).
Mindfulness is an essential skill to healing and understanding one's needs. Mindfulness can be thought of as the soil that grows everything else (skills, goals, treatment plans, coping, etc). The more skillful and engaged one is in mindfulness, the more fluidly they are able to notice and respond to needs without becoming dysregulated or emotionally activated. Mindfulness itself is a set of skills; observing, describing, participating, one-mindfully, effectively and non-judgmentally. A mindfulness based therapist will help you tune into your own system and help you practice keeping track of emotional and bodily experiences in any given moment. Mindfulness is non-judgmental state of awareness, noticing what's happening in a given moment, how it is impacting you, and allowing it to be there. Challenging, and life changing.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
ACT is a "Third Wave" therapy that aims to help clients develop cognitive and behavioral strategies to increase psychological flexibility in the service of building a rich, full and meaningful life. ACT focuses on skill building in three main areas - Defusion: Distancing from, and letting go of unhelpful thoughts, beliefs and memories Acceptance: Making room for painful feelings, urges and sensations by allowing them to come and go without a struggle Contact with the present moment: Engaging fully with your here-and-now experience with an attitude of openness and curiosity - Clients can expect an equal balance of skill-building through experiential exercises in session, as well as thorough clarification of personal values in order to make lasting behavior changes.
[Raleigh] Pressley Cox, Ally Fischman, Jamie Morehart, Leah Sampson, Molly Schweers
The grieving process often involves complicated emotions. Yet joy, contentment, and humor do not have to be absent during this difficult time. Self-care, recreation, and social support can be vital to the recovery. Feeling occasional happiness does not mean a person is done mourning. Grieving the loss of a loved one can be due to death, a breakup, or other circumstance. One of the hardest challenges is adjusting to the reality of living in the absence of a loved one. Adjusting may require a person to develop a new daily routine or to rethink their future plans. While creating a new life, a person may adopt a new sense of identity.
[Raleigh] Ally Fischman
[Durham] Beth Flack, Natalie Parmenter
Often times, the nervous system is overridden with feelings of shame and pervasive thoughts, judgments, and fears. Somatic Experiencing aims to help people move past the place where they might be “stuck” in processing a traumatic event. The goal of this technique is to restore the body’s ability to self-regulate in order to achieve balance and integrity. Somatic Experiencing sessions involve the observation of a client’s physical responses, or somatic sensations, such as shallow breathing or a shift in posture.
[Durham] Chris Burner, Taylor Houchens
The Rewind Technique, as taught by Human Givens College, is a psychological method for detraumatising people during a deep state of relaxation. After recognizing your anxieties, you are calmed by being guided to a place of peace where you are at complete ease. This technique can be used for working through trauma & phobias.
[Durham] Taylor Houchens
is a gentle & effective mindfulness-based treatment that focuses on the brain & body connection, alleviating psychological pain and trauma. Brainspotting visits deeper places within the brain quicker and more effectively than traditional talk therapies. This technique helps people access, process and overcome trauma, negative emotions and psychologically induced physical pain.
[Raleigh] Sara Crow, Jamie Morehart
Women's Health: Moms & Moms-to-be
Pregnancy and a new baby can bring a range of unique emotions to moms & their families. New mothers might feel overwhelmed, sad, or anxious at different times during their pregnancy - even before or after the baby is born. For many women, these feelings go away on their own. For some, these emotions can be challenging and may stay for some time throughout this life transition.
[Raleigh] Sara Crow, Leah Sampson
[Durham] Caitlin Colletti, Beth Flack, Leslie Gunderson, Natalie Parmenter
Emotional Freedom Technique
EFT is a technique with growing research reflecting its effectiveness in treating trauma, substance use-related issues, weight concerns, mental health symptoms & chronic pain. EFT is a counseling intervention that draws on various theories of alternative medicine including acupuncture, neurolinguistics programming, energy medicine, and Thought Field Therapy. A simple and versatile tapping tool, EFT will inspire you to tap and watch mental changes take place outside of the therapy office!
[Durham] Meg Barry
TFCBT is an evidence-based, structured intervention involving both the child/adolescent (ages 3 to 18) and an identified caregiver & is comprised of the following components: Psychoeducation and parenting strategies, Relaxation techniques, Affect expression and regulation, Cognitive coping, Trauma narrative and reprocessing, In vivo exposure (case by case, may not be utilized), Conjoint parent child sessions, Enhancing personal safety and future growth
TFCBT is appropriate for children and adolescents who have experienced trauma & meet the following criteria: Diagnosis of PTSD or PTS symptoms, Verbal, clear memory of the trauma, Substantiated or "more than likely not" abuse of some kind, Child is currently living in a safe place, is stable "enough," and is not exposed to the perpetrator, Behavioral concerns are not the primary reason for the referral (i.e. no conduct disorder), Consistent, supportive, non-offending caregiver involvement in treatment, No psychotic symptoms OR if they are present they are well managed medically
[Raleigh] Sara Crow
[Durham] Leslie Gunderson
Traditional Individual Therapy
Individual therapy is a safe place to establish strong rapport and be authentically you - no fear of judgment or consequence. Individual therapy is a wonderful process to brainstorm new ideas, weigh options before making a large decision, explore conflicts of self - "I feel trapped", "This isn't the life I pictured for myself", "What is my purpose?", "Why don't I feel happy?" Through individual therapy, you will learn how your thoughts and patterns of thinking impact your feelings and subsequent behaviors - a pivotal concept that underlies both acceptance and change.
Family Therapy sessions help you and your family develop meaningful connections rooted in empathy and understanding. Family therapy honors individual family members' needs while simultaneously supporting the family system as a whole. Skills of validation, empathy, interpersonal effectiveness, boundaries and emotion regulation will be addressed. Family therapy can be of tremendous support during significant transitions within the family system: Mental or physical illness, death, divorce, new employment, household relocation, or symptoms of addiction.
[Raleigh] Sara Crow, Casie Hall, Allie Horton, Leah Sampson, Molly Schweers
[Durham] Meg Barry, Chris Burner, Caitlin Colletti, Beth Flack, Leslie Gunderson, Taylor Houchens, Philip Marschall, Natalie Parmenter
Couples therapy is a beautiful place to learn helpful ways in which to communicate & connect with your partner, even - and especially! - during times of stress. Life can be really difficult: health, schedules, finances, big decisions, a million small decisions. Often times, stress has a way of moving itself into our beloved relationships. In couples therapy, you and your partner will explore how to validate, understand, and empathize with one another while addressing concerns that impact connectedness and attachment.
[Durham] Leslie Gunderson, Philip Marschall