MA Clinical & Community Counseling, 2012 Eastern University
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing from 2019 to
National Certified Counselor, NCC
LMHC - LH 60653989
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Anxiety / Panic Disorders Counseling / PTSD / Trauma / Stress / Depression Counseling /
Lydia grew up in Nigeria, West Africa and moved to the US in 2003 to attend college. She graduated from Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI) in 2007 with her BA in Psychology, and from Eastern University (St. David’s, PA) in 2012 with her MA in Clinical & Community Counseling. She has practiced in community outpatient clinics in Philadelphia, Mt. Vernon, WA and currently in Seattle working as a clinical & administrative supervisor at Therapeutic Health Services in the youth & family branch. Lydia has also taught in the Psychology departments at Whatcom Community College (Bellingham, WA) and Highline College (Des Moines, WA).
Through my own therapy experiences I learned the value of a non-judgmental, unconditional, accepting relationship. Therapy is not about giving advice or “fixing” the client, but allowing space for genuine emotion to be expressed and shared with another. Therapy is not about getting rid of negative emotions, but learning how to go through them.
I believe our past and childhood experiences affect us both consciously and unconsciously on a neurological level. There are times we can specifically connect our current patterns to what we learned in the past; but there are other times we find ourselves reacting emotionally in an implicit way we can't understand or rationalize. It is exactly at this place where I am excited to utilize Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). EMDR is an evidence-based practice for complex traumas of all types. The technique entails collaborating with the clinician to identify false beliefs that one has learned from past relationships/experiences that helped one survive those experiences, but currently cause suffering. Those false beliefs are often felt on a neurological level; meaning we react to situations that we know cognitively are not true anymore, but emotionally our brains and reactions tell us otherwise. This is because our body carries trauma in ways that our heads are unaware. Miraculously, through stimulating rapid-eye movement (akin to the process of dreaming), a client is able to reprocess a traumatizing memory to a more adaptive response. The memory is not forgotten, but through reprocessing, it removes the distress from the memory so it is no longer emotionally activating to the person.