Larry has been practicing Psychotherapy in Palm Beach County Florida for over 35 years. His approach to counseling is best described as heterogeneous; as he draws from a range of psychological, behavioral and spiritual perspectives; tailoring the counseling hour to meet the unique needs of each individual or couple.
Larry’s clients see him for a variety of reasons including depression, anxiety, sexual issues, trauma, post traumatic stress, loss and bereavement. Individual therapy addresses personal, professional and life transitions through counseling and coaching. Larry is licensed by the State of Florida as a Psychotherapist, a Sex Therapist and a MHC Supervisor. He is also a Certified EMDR Therapist.
Larry works with couples facing the loss of trust, intimacy and connection. The most common wound to marriage is growing apart; therapy is geared to equip each partner to re-experience the rich intimacy that is available within their relationship.
Larry finds EMDR to be a highly effective treatment for acute stress or trauma. EMDR addresses the “triggers” that push the emotional replay button of traumatic memory, facilitating a neurological reset.
Larry has a unique specialty, that is designed to address recent traumatic events with an early EMDR Intervention (EEI). The protocol was established in Israel by Elan Shapiro, PhD, and Brurut Laub, PhD. Larry also trains EMDR clinicians throughout the US in this treatment [R-TEP Recent Traumatic Episode Protocol].
In his spare time, Larry enjoys reading, watching movies, traveling, hiking, biking, running and occasionally smoking an excellent cigar. He has completed 5 marathons. Larry and his wife Susan have been married for almost 50 years and have two adult children.
Leah brings a lifetime of curiosity and compassion to her practice. She holds a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from Lenoir-Rhyne University in Asheville, North Carolina and has experience working in a variety of mental health settings including schools, homes, residential programs, and outpatient facilities.
Drawn to the mental health field after managing a nonprofit providing floristry and life skills training to women and girls in crisis, Leah has also worked with survivors of human trafficking in Cambodia. She has been a mentor to younger girls for the last ten years. Prior to private practice, Leah worked as a play therapist with children and families. She also served in a residential facility for teen girls healing from trauma and self-destructive behaviors.
Leah is passionate about children, teenagers, and young adults and families who are struggling with self-doubt, anxiety, depression, trauma, life transitions, identity issues, self-harm, and low self-esteem. Leah believes in the power of people’s innate inner strength and draws from her clients' strengths to highlight the natural resilience and worthiness already present.
Leah has training and experience with several modalities including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Child-Centered Play Therapy, and EMDR. Leah is working towards becoming EMDRIA certified in EMDR, as well as a Registered Play Therapist.
Leah grew up in the DC area and lives in West Palm Beach with her husband, Taylor. You can usually find her near the ocean reading an obscure biography, drinking a good cup of jasmine tea, researching sustainable living, or playing with flowers and plants.
*Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern
EMDR is an acronym for a Psychological therapy called Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.
EMDR is a remarkable treatment method used to address the symptoms of trauma, as well as other emotional conditions. EMDR is an effective and rapid method for healing PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) as shown by extensive scientific research studies.
Traumatic events often get trapped in our minds and create a blockage. Like a a broken record, they repeat themselves in the form of intrusive thoughts, memories and feelings over and over again. When a person experiences a trauma, either a small "t" trauma (those experiences that give one a lesser sense of self-confidence and assault one's sense of self-efficacy) or a capital "T" Trauma, (traumas that affect one's life dramatically; such as rape, war, physical or sexual abuse, disasters or accidents,) the memory becomes locked into its own dysfunctional memory network - the images, physical sensations, taste, smells, sounds, and beliefs are frozen in time in the mind and in physical sensations in the body.
In theory, just as the body has a natural healing response to physical injury, the brain has an Information Processing System that works to keep one in a balanced state of mental health. The body automatically goes into action to heal a wound; but, if the wound is blocked, it will fester and resist healing. When confronted with a trauma, the nervous system can get stuck - like a blocked wound in the body, causing an ongoing array of PTSD symptoms.
EMDR therapy uses bilateral stimulation, right/left eye movement, or tactile stimulation, or sound, which repeatedly activates the opposite sides of the brain releasing emotional experiences that are "trapped" in the nervous system.
How Does It Work? The therapist asks the client to focus on a target related to their trauma, such as a person; a memory or a dream image; an actual, fantasized, or projected event; or a part of the experience like a body sensation or thought. Using this target EMDR stimulates the memory network where the trauma is stored. Simultaneously, the eye movements or other bilateral stimuli appear to trigger a mechanism that restores the systems information processing abilities, enabling it to draw on information from a different memory network where the client will find insight and understanding. In what is called Accelerated Information Processing (Schapiro, 1995), a type of rapid free association of information between two networks occurs. Each set of eye movements further unlocks the disturbing information and accelerates it along an adaptive path until the negative thoughts, feelings, pictures and emotions dissipate and are spontaneously replaced by insights and a more positive attitude.
EMDR is an evidence-based treatment that has been endorsed by a number of organizations including the World Health Organization, International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and the Veteran’s Administration. Studies have shown empirically that eye movements can be effective in reducing anxiety, stress, and to alleviate reoccurring intrusive thoughts, memories and sensations.
R-TEP (Early EMDR Intervention) EMDR has demonstrated effectiveness in treating chronic PTSD and old trauma memories. Early EMDR Intervention (EEI) is a modification to address the fragmented nature of recent traumatic memories . EEI is used to treat acute distress (before traumatic memories have coalesced) and provide brief intervention, possibly on successive days, that can prevent complications and strengthen resilience.
The Recent Traumatic Episode Protocol (R-TEP) is part of a comprehensive approach to Early EMDR Intervention (EEI).
Depression, fear, and anxiety are common and uncomfortable emotions that we can experience at some point in our lives. Through counseling and treatment, we are can help you recover motivation, perspective, and joy that you once had in your life.
Many individuals experience symptoms associated with painful and traumatic circumstances. Anxiety, fear, and hopelessness are a few emotions that can linger post traumatic events. We can help you overcome these symptoms and guide you through the process of grief and healing.
Relationship counseling can be beneficial to couples who are looking to strengthen their emotional connection, in all stages of their relationship. Therapy sessions are held with both couples and is a supportive place to discuss issues and solutions to better strengthen your relationship.
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