Patricia has a passion to work with people experiencing emotional pain and difficulties in relationships. She has demonstrated dedication to her clients for over twenty years, and some have traveled more than an hour to meet with her because of her compassion and problem-solving skills. She provides a welcoming and nonjudgmental atmosphere where one can learn to better cope with depression and anxiety, reduce stress, and improve communication in relationships.
Patricia pursued a Master's degree in counseling from the University of North Carolina @ Greensboro due to their outstanding training program which has been rated in the top ten in the nation. Although Patricia provides a variety of treatment methods (Cognitive Behavioral, Solution Focused, Gestalt, Mindfulness and Stress Management, among others), she also invested several additional years to become trained and certified in a specialized therapy-- Eye Movement Desensitization Therapy, or EMDR. Initially developed to work with those who have experienced any type of abuse or trauma, EMDR is now used to also treat panic attacks, poor self esteem, treatment resistant depression, social anxiety, and complicated grief, among other conditions. Patricia is the only counselor in the Bristol region (and beyond) who is certified by the official EMDR International Association, the organization founded by the original developer of EMDR therapy. This certification extends reassurance to her clients that she far surpasses the minimum training and experience to provide quality EMDR treatment.
Patricia enjoys the variety of working with individuals and couples. She has special interest in working with clients who struggle with depression and anxiety, grief and loss, a history of abuse and trauma, transitions in life (including divorce), relationship issues, spiritual issues and those who struggle with self forgiveness.
Patricia's office is conveniently located in Bristol off State Street in the City Centre building and she offers some evening appts. She is on major insurance panels and also accepts self-pay clients. Patricia has a support staff ready to answer any other questions and to schedule your appointment.
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