Meet Dr. Stephanie Baron
Dr. Stephanie R. Baron, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been in practice for over 25 years.
She received her Masters degree at Rutgers University in NJ and her Ph.D in Psychology at California Graduate Institute in Los Angeles.
Dr. Baron is an approved consultant and a certified EMDR therapist who uses this therapy to treat many different issues including Big "T" traumas, as well as anxiety, stress, OCD, addictions and social phobias. She is also trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, TRM, and Internal Family Systems which she uses in combination with EMDR.
How to Choose a Therapist
When you finally decide to seek help for yourself, you want to find the right therapist. If you feel comfortable with me, we then decide together how we will proceed. You will make new connections about old patterns and behaviors which will result in new behaviors that are more adaptive to your present situation.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing)
IFS (Internal Family Systems)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
TRM (Trauma Resiliency Model)
Dr. Baron offers consultation to clinicians who wish to become EMDR Certified or who want to become EMDR Consultants. She offers one on one consultation as well as group. This can be done in person or via phone or Zoom. Dr. Baron offers guidance to clinicians to ascertain when to use EMDR and how to include it in their existing practice. Dr. Baron adapts consultation services to your needs as a clinician. Dr. Baron offers EMDR trained clinicians the opportunity to hone their EMDR skills and become efficient in their use of the 8 stage protocol, as well as to become certified or become a consultant. Case consultation is offered. Please contact Dr. Baron for information regarding her fees for consultation services.
Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing, or EMDR
Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing, or EMDR is a psychotherapy approach that demonstrates we can heal efficiently from emotional wounds, blocks and limitations. For decades the assumption has been that mental healing is slow. EMDR research has shown that to be false. In the past 32 years, thousands of therapists across the USA have used EMDR with successful results in patients with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, panic attacks and other conditions. EMDR has been approved as an effective treatment for PTSD by the respected American Psychological Association, American Psychiatric Association, The Department of Defense and the Veteran's Administration.
The Flash Technique
The Flash Technique is a trauma treatment that can be used alone or with EMDR. The client puts the disturbing memory into a container. They are then directed to tap or use any form of bilateral stimulation while blinking 3 times and being distracted with positive memories or events. This is done until the disturbance
level reduces to a 0. If the disturbance does not reduce to a 0, the Standard EMDR Protocol is used to eliminate the disturbance entirely. Sometimes the Flash Technique can eliminate the disturbance entirely without any further processing.
Some people hold irrational beliefs about themselves that are called blocking beliefs. These blocking beliefs often get in the way of any kind of psychotherapy.
Examples might be: “ I’m broken”, “I’m unfixable”,” My trauma defines me.”
In order to be successful in any kind of treatment, these irrational blocking beliefs need to be identified and addressed. IFS, Internal Family Systems, is another psychotherapy approach that is successful in eliminating these beliefs and opening the client up to processing other traumatic material.
I combine EMDR and IFS to deal with the blocking beliefs to facilitate change.
Then we can proceed with trauma processing.
I also find that using IFS is an excellent way to map internal parts and to develop a comprehensive treatment plan. I then decide which approach works best for each client and use IFS alone or EMDR alone or a combination of both.