Karmen Adkins Neal
Karmen specializes in treatment of substance use disorders and mood disorders. Karmen uses EMDR Therapy in combination with shame resiliency techniques influenced by Dr. Brené Brown to help you become the person that you want to be.
As a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator, Karmen helps to explore courage, shame, vulnerability and authenticity as well as identify the new choices and practices that will move us toward more authentic and wholehearted living. Karmen has exceptional experience treating a variety of issues that life might present as she served as Clinical Director of a residential treatment center program for thirteen years. She is highly esteemed by her colleagues and frequently called up to supervise and train other therapists in the skill and art of psychotherapy. Karmen believes in helping you find your true self, and be your best self through the pain and victories.
Michaela’s approach to therapy is to create a therapeutic alliance so that a trusting relationship is formed. Her goal is to help you shed light on the darkness and walk with you through your healing process. It is important to Michaela that you feel safe and accepted. Her belief is that you have strength within your story. Michaela uses a goal-directed and collaborative approach to help you achieve your goals. She typically works out of a solution-focused lens and integrates mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and reality based approaches. Michaela has five years of experience rooted in addiction and recovery. She works with clients who are experiencing life adjustments, grief, stress and unhappiness. Michaela is passionate about honoring your individuality and help empower you to be confident in yourself. She wholeheartedly believes one size does not fit all.
Marika Joubert, LPC Associate
Marika is trained in EMDR and DBT, and also holds a PhD in English Literature and LLM in International Economic Law. Marika has experience working with mood disorders, personality disorders, psychotic diagnoses, addiction, and also those real-life issues that do not meet a diagnostic threshold.
Marika uses the EMDR protocol to locate and resolve experiences from your past that are interfering with your life now. EMDR is not only a front-line intervention for shock trauma, but also effective in addressing the more subtle life events that have shaped you adversely. Processing the origins of negative patterns can be enough to free you, but do not always show the way forward. Here, Marika uses DBT skills to help you feel less at the mercy of your emotions, to accept yourself more fully, to set healthy boundaries in relationships, and to cope better with stress.
“In my early professional years I was asking the question: How can I treat, or cure, or change this person? Now I would phrase the question in this way: How can I provide a relationship which this person may use for his own personal growth?” Carl Rogers