Lara Yates, LCSW, CCTP, EMDR Therapist

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"Big T" Trauma (exposed to: death, threatened death, actual or threatened serious injury, or actual or threatened sexual violence, in the following way(s): Direct exposure. Witnessing the trauma. Learning that a relative or close friend was exposed to a trauma.)

"Little t" Trauma (extreme stressors such as divorce, financial strain, illness, relationships, parenting, job loss, etc) 
Your body will often experience change in sleep or appetite, intrusive thoughts or flashbacks, negative coping skills, triggers, easily startled, your body is constantly in a fight or flight mode, and many more symptoms! 
I work with you to treat the threat response that your body still holds. I use a combination of EMDR (an intense trauma therapy) and Thought Field Therapy to reduce PTSD and trauma like symptoms that are stored in your regulatory nervous system. Your brain WANTS to heal itself and with my help, your life could be changed forever!
-Anxiety (present/future threat)
-Depression (past)
-Shame & Guilt
-Self Harm
-Suicidal Ideation
-Self Esteem
Lara is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Psychotherapist, an EMDR Therapist, a Certified Clinical Trauma Therapist, and has worked within the mental health field for 15 years. Lara received her bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech and her master’s degree from Texas A&M- Commerce. Lara has experience in mental health, case management, nonprofit, social work, school systems, and the supervising of clinical teams.
Before going into the private practice sector, Lara was the Director of a Partial Hospitalization Program that oversaw teens, families, and adults presenting with a range of neurological and psychological disorders as well as emotional, behavioral, substance abuse, and developmental challenges. During this time, she gained knowledge and expertise in diagnosing and assessing issues related to anxiety, adjustment disorder, impulsivity, depression, self-harm and other high-risk behaviors.

Lara specializes in EMDR, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Crisis Intervention, Suicide Prevention and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. She has written Suicide & Safety plans, as well as Risk Assessments that multiple school districts currently use as part of their curriculum and intervention process.

In 2021 Lara became Certified Clinical Trauma Expert, specializing in complex, single event, early onset, and recent event trauma. Lara is on retainer for multiple law firms in the DFW area as a Trauma Expert for the court systems.

Lara will work with you and your teen to not only build rapport but assist the family in finding its communication style, resolving conflict, and healing from Trauma using EMDR and or Thought Field Therapy.

Lara knows that therapy can be intimidating for anyone; “My office is a safe place, allowing them to navigate through their emotions without feeling as if they are broken, needing to be fixed.”
-In person and Telehealth sessions available
-Evening and weekend appointments available 
-Clients have the ability to email me as often as they need between sessions
-All of my clients hold standing appointments, either weekly or every other week. No one else can get your standing appointment time slot!
I operate independently with Lara Yates Therapy at Elevate Counseling Group in Rockwall, Texas. 


Lara Yates Reaches

Forney TX
Rockwall TX