Welcome! My name is Tiffany Shoemaker and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) through the National Board for Certified Counselors. I am also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) through the International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP). I am experienced in assisting women who are experiencing complex trauma symptoms as the result of sexual assault, postpartum, and childhood physical and emotional abuse. This may be difficult to believe right now, but you are more than your past. You are more than your symptoms. I would like to get to know you, hear your story, and help you get to the point where you can be a today person in a today experience so that you may have the completeness of your life in the here and now. Sometimes it can be hard to know what to do, who to trust, where to turn; this can leave you to feeling alone, stuck, and lost. No one deserves to feel this way and I would like to help. My view of a therapist/client relationship is one where saying it means everything. I believe it is important to meet you, as my client, where you are in your journey of healing. Depending on the case I use a Tri – Phasic treatment model, Client Centered, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and a more structured Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). For brief explanation: * Tri – Phasic is a comprehensive three phase approach. 1) Safety and Stabilization, 2). Trauma Memory Processing, 3). Reconnection. * Cognitive Processing Therapy is a 12 - step manualized therapy I use with clients to assist in recovery from PTSD. Typically, this is an intensive 12 session (1) to (2) times a week process. * Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Client Centered I use with clients who are not ready to commit to processing their trauma in a structured format but wish to work on their symptoms. All three treatment paths above can equally effective and we will decide together which path is right for you. I only accept self – pay clients for I am not on any health insurance panels. I have made this decision for 3 main reasons: 1). As your therapist, I would be required to diagnose you to get reimbursed. I am not against diagnosing but I am against a label that will be a part of your official record. If you are fortunate enough to have life, medical, and/or disability benefits through your employer… a label might not concern you. If you are someone who might find yourself unemployed, self – employed, and you are purchasing your own benefits – a mental health diagnosis could be the difference between coverage at a higher rate or no coverage at all. 2). Privacy - Your insurer can audit your mental health records any time they wish. 3). The insurer dictates your care - Rather than a therapist providing you the care that fits your needs, the therapist ends up working for the insurance company not you, the client. So, it does not matter what is decided for your best path of care, if this path does not fit their matrix of decisions and within the allotted sessions (that is determined upon approval and before therapy begins), care could be limited or not covered at all. If the you centered point of view I offer is something you feel is right; I would be honored to walk with you on a journey of self - discovery and healing.
- Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Sexual Abuse, Stress, Women's Issues