Trauma Therapy for Women
Providing a sanctuary for women to heal, transcend their wounds, and embrace a life filled with authenticity, purpose, and joy.
Unleashing Inner Strength: EMDR Therapy for Women in Ohio and Michigan
Hello! I’m Niki Parker.
My Therapy Style
My style is blunt and genuine yet empathetic and compassionate. I’m a “what you see is what you get” kind of therapist who has personally healed from trauma and traversed countless life challenges. While I can’t pretend to have lived the same experiences, I combine my evidence-based training and expertise to listen, open dialogues, and guide you along your journey.
The online therapy room is your sacred space to talk, process, inquire, and discover more about yourself. We’ll work at a pace that feels right to you or your loved one, never forcing you or pushing for results. We’ll explore your thoughts and feelings, practice mindfulness, and tap into your five senses to tune into your mind and body.
I infuse some well-timed humor to offset the heaviness that may arise and extend an open invitation to your pets if you want to bring them along. My dog often sits in the background, so feel free to say hello!
Online Therapy Modalities
I integrate different theoretical orientations depending on your needs, goals, and circumstances. What may work for someone may not suit you, so I customize treatment to your unique situation and adjust it as we progress.
Some of the therapy modalities I use include:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Your thoughts, emotions, and actions are all interconnected. Cognitive behavioral therapy, also known as CBT, looks at how they influence one another to create positive change.
We’ll examine your belief systems to identify any patterns hindering your success, challenge them by asking difficult questions, and reframe them with alternative perspectives. You will also gain awareness and motivation to build new habits and develop practical coping skills.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Dialectical behavior therapy, or DBT, blends CBT with four key components:
- Mindfulness: Focusing your attention on the present moment with intention and without judging or trying to change it.
- Distress tolerance: Navigating challenges or stressors with acceptance and helpful coping mechanisms instead of reacting impulsively or attempting to control what you can’t.
- Emotional regulation: Recognizing, managing, and expressing your emotions in a healthy way, understanding where they come from and how they affect your thoughts and behaviors.
- Interpersonal effectiveness: Building and sustaining strong relationships with effective communication, trust, boundary-setting, and other social skills.
The purpose is to learn and implement these fundamental life concepts to help you (or your child) become a well-rounded individual.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR Therapy)
Speaking in detail about your past wounds may be too hurtful and unnecessary. Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, or EMDR, is a therapy modality commonly used to treat emotional wounds (trauma), anxiety, depression, and other mental health challenges, without dwelling on the details of the painful episode(s).
We’ll use bilateral movements or rhythmic stimulation (e.g., eye movements, taps, tones, lights) to help you reprocess distressing memories and alleviate the associated symptoms.
Kids may struggle to communicate via spoken language. Play therapy encourages them to explore, share, and address their hardship through the power of play.
I utilize virtual play therapy rooms, apps, and video games like Roblox to help your child open up, handle stressors, and develop social abilities. I’ll also teach them emotional regulation skills to navigate and express emotions they may not understand or be able to articulate.
Finding a counselor who aligns with your spiritual values and integrates your faith into treatment can be difficult. Christian counseling combines talk therapy with Christian principles and practices to help you manage your challenges.
As a Christian therapist, I see religious and nonreligious clients and encourage everyone to come as they are with whatever level of faith they have. But I never include faith in sessions unless requested by a client.