Tanya Clausen, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I provide therapy for adults, adolescents and couples. My expertise includes treating:

  • Eating Disorders
  • Trauma
  • Childhood Sexual Abuse
  • Depression
  • Relationship Issues
  • Grief
  • Anxiety
  • Infertility
  • Substance Abuse
  • Cultural Adjustments

Below you can find a detailed explanation for the therapuetic interventions that I provide. These may or may not apply to you as each person is different. Together, we'll determine which treatment is the most effective approach for you.

What is EMDR?
Conventional wisdom tells us that time heals all wounds. Reality tells us that some wounds are more stubborn than that. In many cases, stressful or traumatic experiences continue to have a negative affect on our mood and lives despite our best attempts to forget, move on, or "stop overreacting." This is because no matter how much we may try to recover from a stressor or trauma, the brain has ways of holding on. Unfortunately, the brain also has a tendency to cope with these wounds by causing unwanted behaviors, such as agitation, irritability, anxiety, or the loss of appreciation for favorite things or people.

There are many different therapeutic approaches to successfully managing the negative and enduring effects of stress and trauma. One very effective method is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), which trains your body and brain to let go of traumatic memories. It's not a "skill building" process. Unlike other therapies, in which patients are taught to actively control agitation or anger, EMDR realigns the brain to the pre-traumatic event. Patients treated with EMDR often feel even better than they did before they experienced the stress or trauma, mainly due to the newfound sense of control over their emotions. EMDR also produces results quickly and may be longer-lasting than some other forms of therapy. It's a great approach for those who don't want to talk about what happened in detail, for those who are really insightful about what happened but still feel stuck in the "muck" of negative thoughts or actions, or those who don't want to spend years in psychotherapy.

There are many different negative or stressful experiences and situations that can be managed with EMDR, such as:

  • Posttraumatic stress disorder
  • Phobias
  • Panic attacks
  • Performance anxiety
  • Dissociative disorders
  • Stress reduction
  • Sexual and/or physical abuse with disturbing memories
  • Complicated grief
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Addictions

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What is Dialectic Behavior Therapy?
Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an extensively researched intervention proven to be helpful in treating addiction, interpersonal chaos, emotional mood swings and eating disorders. It combines practical ways to solve problems, build interpersonal skills and incorporate mindfulness techniques. DBT is very helpful for those who tend to react strongly, and then regret their behavior afterward. Some people cope with overwhelming emotions by drinking, avoiding relationships, or engaging in self-destructive behaviors. Incorporating the DBT skills in counseling can help restore emotional balance and build empathy and self-acceptance while developing and incorporating important problem solving skills. Through this balance, DBT aims to help change the behavioral, emotional, and thinking patterns associated with daily living, while promoting the development of and reliance on inner wisdom.

What is Emotionally Focused Therapy?
People in long-term relationships often find themselves having the same argument over and over. As a result, one person may shut down and turn off while the other turns up the volume. This can happen when strong emotions get in the way of mutual understanding and effective communication, a pattern of interaction that can be very difficult to break.

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) helps couples get to the heart of the matter by creating a safe environment, through the help of a therapist, in which to voice their deepest concerns and conflicts without the threat of criticism or consequences. Rather, the couple moves beyond them to develop more productive and collaborative behaviors. The walls that kept you feeling separate and disconnected begin to crumble away, providing room for a feeling of connectedness from which to revive and grow. Research shows that 70 to 75 percent of couples effectively move from distress to recovery using EFT and approximately 90 percent of couples show significant improvement in their relationships.

The process of uncovering emotions is not the same as catharsis, but is an effort to reveal and integrate marginalized and denied emotions by identifying and engaging them in the moment.

The therapy session is a healing place where a corrective emotional experience between partners happens. It is that process that facilitates therapeutic change. The therapist is egalitarian, and empowers the partners.