Holly is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), Child Mental Health Specialist (CMHS), EMDR psychotherapist specializing in trauma and dissociation. Holly has experience working with women, men, children and adolescents who struggle with a wide variety of mental and behavioral health concerns. She provides counseling, consultation, and group therapy.
She has extensive experience providing therapeutic services to children, adolescents, and adults both within community health, private practice, and school-based settings. In addition, she is an instructor at Wenatchee Valley Community College and enjoys training students. She also has volunteer experience with hospice patients and Camp Erin for bereaved children. She currently volunteers her time with the Seattle chapter of EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs offering pro bono EMDR therapy to survivors of trauma including school shootings.
Certified Child Mental Health Specialist (CMHS)
Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP)
Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
EMDR Group Protocol & Recent Critical Incident
Ego State Therapy
Specializing in Anxiety Treatment, Children/Teens and Trauma.
If you suffer from panic attacks, obsessive thoughts, unrelenting worries, or an incapacitating phobia, you may have an anxiety disorder. But you don’t have to live with anxiety and fear. Treatment can help, and for many anxiety problems, therapy is a good place to start. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is particularly beneficial. Therapy can teach you how to control your anxiety levels, stop worrisome thoughts, and conquer your fears.
Dissociation is a symptom of trauma that causes a lack of connection in a person’s thoughts, memory, and sense of identity. A more chronic form of dissociation includes symptoms of amnesia and loosing time. People with these disorders often have good reasons to mistrust authority as well as a lifelong habit of keeping secrets from themselves and others. Dissociation is effectively treated with Ego State Therapy.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a type of anxiety disorder, can happen after a deeply threatening or scary event. Even if you weren't directly involved, the shock of what happened can be so great that you have a hard time living a normal life. People with PTSD can have insomnia, flashbacks, low self-esteem, and a lot of painful or unpleasant emotions. You might constantly relive the event -- or lose your memory of it altogether. When you have PTSD, it might feel like you'll never get your life back. It can be treated.
Group therapy is a form of psychotherapy that involves one therapist working with several people at the same time. Groups can be as small as three or four people. In many cases, the group will meet in a room where the chairs are arranged in a large circle and focus on a specific subject such as grief, divorce, or anxiety. Members may share their experiences and progress since the last meeting.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. Recent studies show that by using EMDR therapy, people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR therapy training sessions, clinicians help clients activate their natural healing processes.
Children and adolescents build social skills and emotional intelligence as they grow. These things often lead to healthy, happy lives. Some kids have emotions or behave in ways that disrupt their well-being. Seeing a therapist may assist with parenting skills. Also, a counselor benefits children by providing a safe space to process thoughts and emotions.