CHRISTINE SARKISSIAN, LCSW
Greetings, and welcome to our safe space. I am a licensed clinical social worker that specializes in treating trauma using EMDR and other modalities. My main goal in therapy is to help you find yourself by identifying and processing the root cause of all of your present-day challenges. I offer EMDR and Individual Psychotherapy Services via telehealth in California.
Although we live in an individualistic society, each individual, with their unique personality and life purpose brings something extraordinary to the table of life. Each one of us is part of a bigger collective and we are responsible for constantly striving to mature and progress on an emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual level.
As a result of these beliefs, I utilize a humanistic approach (striving to help people uncover, address, reprocess, and heal from their trauma to meet their highest protentional); while seeing healing through a holistic lens (working to help individuals heal by reconnecting mind, body and spirit).
"MEET ME WHERE I'M AT", SEEKING SAFETY GROUP
FRIDAYS FROM 6:30PM-08:00PM
25 CONSECUTIVE WEEKLYSESSIONS
20 OPENINGS CO-ED AGES18+
$44 PER SESSION
FRAMEWORK: SEEKING SAFETY BY LISA NAJAVITS FACILITATED BY CHRISTINE
CALL TO RESERVE A SPOT!
1) CREATING A SAFE SPACE/STAYING SAFE
2) RESPECTING THYSELF
3) LEARNING TO TRUST THYSELF/OTHERS/THE WORLD
4) RELEARNING HOW TO TAKE CARE OF THYSELF
5) HEALING FROM TRAUMA
6) USING HEALTHY COPING RATHER SUBSTANCES TO ESCAPE
7) LEARNING TO LIVE IN THE PRESENT
8) GETTING HELP FROM SAFE PEOPLE
WHAT THE GROUP WILL NOT FOCUS ON:
1) EXPLORING PAST TRAUMA
2) INTERPRETIVE PSYCHODYNAMIC WORK
*(INQUIRE ABOUT INDIVIDUAL THERAPY)
EYE MOVEMENT DESENSITIZATION REPROCESSING (EMDR)
TRAUMA, ANXIETY, DEPRESSION, CHRONIC PAIN
EYE MOVEMENT DESENSITIZATION REPROCESSING (EMDR) SERVICES
The EMDR Institute reports: Multiple studies show that 84%-90% of single-incident trauma survivors became free of symptoms after only three 90-minute sessions. For combat veterans with PTSD, one study showed 77% became symptom-free after 12 EMDR sessions.
What is Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy and how does it work?
EMDR is an 8 phase treatment that aims to help people process their trauma in a short period of time, without having to talk about their trauma in detail. Using Bilateral Eye Stimulation (BLS), EMDR therapists are able to help an individual unlock the traumatic memory in the area of the brain that processes and stores information. Together, client and clinician will process the trauma experienced in the past, as well as present, and will restore the memory of the trauma in a healthy way.
This will allow for the individual to recall the traumatic memory but will no longer trigger the individual to have disturbing emotions, thoughts, and body sensations when recalling the experience.
How is Bilateral Eye Stimulation (BLS) used in EMDR?
In order to unlock the part of the brain that is storing the traumatic memory, as well as the emotions, thoughts and feelings that accompany the memory, therapists commonly use two fingers and ask individuals to follow their fingers from a left to right motion. I utilize an online BLS simulator rather my body to perform BLS. I find it is more consistent, reliable, and more efficient than my arm. Eye movements are recommended, although tapping and auditory stimulations have also been proven to help individuals unlock the part of the brain that is storing the traumatic memory. Auditory and tactile features are included in the online BLS simulator.
Is EMDR guaranteed to heal me from my trauma?
Although I have yet to work with a client that reported EMDR was not working for them, EMDR is just another intervention that may or may not work for you. Your responsiveness to EMDR will depend on a variety of internal and external factors, most importantly, how willing, open and free you are to the concept of letting go of your past.
How will EMDR help me become the best version of myself to live my best life?
Through using EMDR to change the brain, people can turn unhealthy and self-destructive thoughts into healthy and positive beliefs and behaviors that will better their lives.
May be covered by your insurance. Accepting PRIVATE PAY, OPTUM, UNITED HEALTH CARE, & KAISER NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AT THIS TIME
$150 for 60 minute session
$180 for 90 minute session
ALL VETERANS MAY RECEIVE A LOWER RATE FOR INDIVIDUAL EMDR SESSIONS BASED ON INCOME AND ABILITY TO PAY. PROVIDE PROOF OF SERVICE FOR DISCOUNT.
ALL payment arrangements can be discussed during our 15 minute free consultation session. Tibetan Quartz Healing Therapy prides itself on flexibility, transparency, and commitment.
The Task Of Knowing Thyself
Psychotherapy can be beneficial to individuals seeking the following:
1) Identity Exploration (exploration of how one perceives themselves, others, and the world. Exploration of external influences on individual identity).
2) Emotion Regulation (learning how to identify and express emotions. Learning grounding/coping skills to control emotions)
3) Communication & Boundary Setting (learning how to communicate assertively, rather aggressively or passively. Learning how to set healthy boundaries, teaching people how to respect you and treat you within all identities of your life).
4) Improving self-esteem (how to engage in praise and validation, how to honor and listen to your intuition, increasing gratitude attitude, learning how to celebrate yourself and prioritize yourself).
NOW ACCEPTING OPTUM, UNITED HEALTHCARE , AETNA & KAISER NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AT THIS TIME
Private Pay: $133 per session
MOTIVATION TO CHANGE
I like to think of myself as the Tim Grover (renowned businessman, motivational speaker, personal trainer, and additionally trainer for the world's most elite athletes such as Kobe Bryant, Dwayne Wade, and Michael Jordan) of therapy. I will meet you where you are, and together, we will relentlessly seek to find your highest potential.
A few books I urge everyone to read throughout your journey with or without me:
Relentless: From Good to Great to Unstoppable by Tim Grover
No Mud, No Lotus: The Art of Transforming Suffering by Thich Nhat Hanh
Man's Search for Meaning by Vicktor E. Frankl
Getting Past Your Past (Self Help Techniques from EMDR) by Francine Shapiro
TELEHEALTH SERVICES ONLY AT THIS TIME
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