Welcome to my practice. I hope this will be a place where your spirit is renewed as you find a new sense of inner wisdom, and peace.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, certified in EMDR therapy. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a research-based psychotherapy approach that helps people resolve painful or stressful events in their lives that contribute to PTSD, anxiety, depression, panic, phobias, addiction, eating disorders, pain, and other health issues.
As your therapist, my goal is to nurture your self-healing and help you regain control over your life. Using a light-hearted, collaborative and holistic approach to therapy, my aim is to empower you to create a balanced, healthy life- mentally, physically and spiritually.
I have a special interest in helping clients work through upsetting life experiences that are keeping them from living full, happy lives. Trauma comes in many different forms. It can be childhood abuse- sexual, physical, or emotional; rape, combat trauma, domestic violence, traumatic injuries from a car accident, loss of a loved one, or loss from natural disasters. It can also be pain experienced from being neglected or rejected as a child, living with an alcoholic or mentally ill family member, or witnessing somebody else's trauma. Maybe your trauma seems tiny and minor to everyone else, but you can't seem to get over it. Perhaps upsetting memories keep you up at night, or you avoid people, places or things that remind you of the pain. Past negative life experiences can make it seem like you're disconnected from the present, cause your relationships to suffer, and/or lead you to turn to unhealthy coping mechanisms. In a safe, non-judgmental environment, I can help you reprocess traumatic memories that may be getting in the way of present relationships with self and others, so that they become integrated into your experience in healthier, more adaptive ways. Together we'll work to create a more mindful, satisfying future where your painful memories no longer have the power to keep you stuck.
I also provide pre-surgical psychological evaluations for patients undergoing weight loss surgery, and bariatric support groups. I work closely with Minimally Invasive Surgeons of North County to help make this life-changing decision as smooth as possible. I can help you make informed decisions about your surgery, and work with you to make healthy lifestyle changes before and after surgery. We eat for many different reasons, not all of them because we are hungry. We can explore various areas of your life- psychological, spiritual, physical, intellectual, social, environmental- that are affecting your relationship with food and eating in order to make lasting change.
*For more information about EMDR therapy, please go to www.EMDRIA.org
"Vicki is warm, professional and extremely supportive. After just a few sessions of EMDR with her, I was able to let go of a lot of the past and make big strides very quickly. I would highly recommend working with her if you are ready to live life to the fullest." - EMDR client