Sa​rah E. Starbird, LCSW LLC

Certified therapist in EMDR

DBT clinician

Welcome !

Have you or someone you love been struggling with past trauma?  Have you tried different strategies to cope with it, but it keeps coming back?  I know how discouraging it can be.  Unresolved traumatic memories can contribute to PTSD, depression, and/or anxiety.  You may think of a traumatic event as a life-or death event (Big T"), such as active combat, victims of domestic abuse, being in a fire, gunfire, etc  But some of the social-emotional developmental traumas (small "t") one may experience in childhood, such as losing a friend in school, break-ups, difficult relationships with caregivers, etc., can have a profound impact on one's mental health as well.  

The small "t"s deserve our attention too!

Starting therapy can be scary, and (sometimes discouraging if you haven't found the right therapist).  But you deserve a better life.  Better relationships.  Better mental health, and even contentment and happiness.!

EMDR is the most efficient and effective way to treat traumas..

What is EMDR ?

EMDR, (eye-movement, desensitization and reprocessing).  The therapist assesses the client's current symptoms.  From there we work on how this relates to past experiences.  Together, we identify memories to reprocess.  The eye movements are made while bringing up the memory along with the beliefs and emotions that were attached to it.  Continue to conduct eye-movements until the distress is a 0/10.  Next, we process the negative belief and the client changes it to a more positive,, adaptive belief about themselves.  Finally, we check for any distress in the body.  We also imagine what the future could hold without these symptoms.