Areas of Support:
Trauma- Developmental trauma
PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
Sexual Identity and Sexuality ( LGBTQIA)
Severe Mental Illness
Modalities/ Techniques used
The Daring Way™ is a highly experiential methodology based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown. The method was designed for work with individuals, couples, families, work teams, and organizational leaders. It can be facilitated in clinical, educational, and professional settings. This methodology becomes intertwined with all techniques I use to benefit my clients. During The Daring Way process we explore topics such as vulnerability, courage, shame, and worthiness. We examine the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that are holding us back and we identify the new choices and practices that will move us toward more authentic and wholehearted living. The primary focus is on developing shame resilience skills and developing daily practices that transform the way we live, love, parent, and lead. Further information is available at my web page The Daring Way™.
NARM- NeoruAffactive Relational Model,
NARM is a cutting-edge model for addressing attachment, relational and developmental trauma, by working with the attachment patterns that cause life-long psychobiological symptoms and interpersonal difficulties. These early, unconscious patterns of disconnection deeply affect our identity, emotions, physiology, behavior and relationships. Learning how to work simultaneously with these diverse elements is a radical shift that has profound clinical implications for healing complex trauma. As such, NARM is positioned to become an invaluable treatment option for the Trauma-Informed Care movement as we gain greater understanding of the nature of adverse childhood experience (ACEs).
Interpersonal Neurobiology-At its core, interpersonal neurobiology holds that we are ultimately who we are because of our relationships. Grounded in attachment theory this work looks at how early attachments influenced and organized the brain. If our primary caregiver/s were unable to provide necessary attunement, we learned and developed adaptive ways to get our needs met, sometimes those adaptations become maladaptive later in life. The therapeutic relationship can help to reorganize the brain in a more healthy adaptive way. Daniel Siegel is the pioneer of Interpersonal Neurobiology, he has various books and videos explaining this framework.
Somatic Experiencing- A body oriented trauma based modality to help people resolve single incident trauma. This is a fascinating approach to therapy, Please see my blog on a full description of this approach. you might also want to check out Peter Levine, the developer of this modality. He has various youtube videos, and books on his theory of trauma, and how Somatic experiencing can help regulate the nervous system.
Dialectical Behavioral therapy- This approach to therapy is considered a gold standard approach to therapy. It is best used in assisting people in better managing and responding to emotions, cultivating mindfulness, as well as improving interpersonal relationships. see https://psychcentral.com/lib/an-overview-of-dialectical-behavior-therapy/ for a further description.
Acceptance Commitment therapy- ACT is also an acceptance/mindfulness based modality which is based around increasing one's Psychological flexibility and living according to one's personal values. Please see https://contextualscience.org/act for a further description.
Emotional Focused and Emotionally Focused therapy- Emotionally focused therapy can help people address attachment-related insecurities and learn how to interact with their romantic partners in more loving, responsive, and emotionally connected ways, which can result in a more secure attachment. This approach can also work well with individuals helping them to better understand their emotions and how these emotions can be better attuned to. http://www.goodtherapy.org/learn-about-therapy/types/emotionally-focused-therapy
Cognitive Behavioral therapy- An cognitive approach that looks at how thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are all connected. The theory is that when one has anxiety and or depression it is generally stemming from what is called cognitive distortion or simply put unhelpful thoughts. The goal is to Work towards reframing these unhelpful thoughts and core beliefs that impact feelings and behaviors.
I use an integrative approach, meaning I draw upon the various modalities mentioned above, as well as others that I am trained in. I believe that healing and transformation come from using what works well with the person and or couple I am working with, individualizing the experience. First and foremost building a relationship that is safe, non judgmental, and objective.
Fees for Psychotherapy
Individuals- 60 minutes $150, 90 minutes $200
Couples- 60 minutes $160.00, 120 minutes $250.00
I do offer a sliding scale fee which is a temporarily reduced rate for those in financial hardship. We can discuss the rate by phone when we set up our initial appointment.
Provided by Crystal Duncan, LCSW, Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator – Candidate.
Information about this Workshop at my web page The Daring Way™.
Sliding Scale Fee- Financial stressors- I can work with you on a temporary agreed upon sliding scale fee.
Please call my office to schedule an appointment, 760-913-8426