About Me and Why I Specialize in EMDR

Photo of San Francisco Bay Area Sunrise by Valerie Beltrán, LMFT  Specializing  in trauma ( EMDR ), couples, and children. With offices in  Lafayette, CA  &  Danville, CA

Photo of San Francisco Bay Area Sunrise by Valerie Beltrán, LMFT Specializing in trauma (EMDR), couples, and children. With offices in Lafayette, CA & Danville, CA

I've wanted to be a therapist since I was a little girl. Having grown up with two ethnic backgrounds (Mexican & American) while living on the border between two countries (Mexico & U.S.A), I have become adept at metaphorically walking between worlds, and I know what it's like to struggle with cultural identity.

In my psychotherapy practice, I integrate Western psychological methods with Eastern and Indigenous traditions, along with cutting-edge research on the mind-body connection.

My approach is compassionate, direct, collaborative, and research-based.

“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”
~ Rumi


Why EMDR?

I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a technique that utilizes bilateral stimulation to process difficult memories in a new way. I encountered EMDR during my first week of college, and was so blown away by the power of it that I decided to dedicate my career to it. I learned that the only way to practice EMDR is as a licensed clinician, so I began the 11-year journey to becoming a licensed clinician.

Repeated studies show that with EMDR therapy, clients can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. To learn more about this specialized trauma therapy technique, read my EMDR page.


I also incorporate therapeutic techniques that allow you to:

– Increase self-awareness/mindfulness
– Reframe thought patterns and habits
– Create new meaning from old stories

I have a genuine respect and curiosity for the human condition, enabling  people to feel instantly at ease around me.

 
 

Everyone processes emotion differently, and we all go at our own pace through life. I'm here to go at your pace -- whatever that may be and however that may look -- while providing support along the way.