Patricia has a passion to work with people experiencing emotional pain and difficulties in relationships. She has demonstrated dedication to her clients for twenty-five years. She provides a welcoming and nonjudgmental atmosphere where one can learn better coping skills to deal 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. Additionally she obtained a Graduate Certificate in Biblical Studies from Liberty University. 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. Patricia 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 has a special interest in working with clients who struggle with treatment-resistant symptoms. Too often clients have been in therapy for years without the level of healing they hoped for. This is often a result of having the symptoms treated but never getting to the root of the problem. Patricia's approach to therapy addresses the root cause of the problem, not simply the symptoms. Treatment-resistant depression can be driven by negative self-beliefs such as "I'm not good enough," "It's my fault," or chronic regret that is stuck. When the negative messages are resolved, the depressive symptoms begin to lift. The same is true for anxiety, grief and loss, abuse and trauma, transitions in life, spiritual issues and struggles with self forgiveness. However, the root cause of the problem must first be identified and that is an area where Patricia excels!
Daytime and evening appointments are offered. Major insurances are accepted as well as self-pay.
Patricia Starbird ReachesJohnson City TNAbingdon VAElizabethton TNKingsport TNBristol VA