Individuals

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

EMDR

“The past affects the present even without our being aware of it.”

– Francine Shapiro

Teenagers

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”

– E. E. Cummings

Children Play and Art

“When you’re free, you can play and when you’re playing, you become free”

– Heidi Kaduson

Individuals

Your mental health is key to leading a happy and fulfilled life. Talking to someone can be helpful because it is in a safe and non-judgmental environment. This type of environment allows you to feel free to express your emotions, desires and stresses without it damaging your self-esteem or relationships with others. Speaking to someone and working with an EMDR Practitioner can enable you to understand yourself and others better.

EMDR

Sometimes after trauma, it might be difficult to trust others, feel safe, or function the way that you used to before the trauma.  Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) uses eye movements to help process the painful memories, images or thoughts that might follow after a traumatic experience. EMDR is an effective treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, overcoming abuse, Anxieties and Grief.

Teenagers

Teenagers undergo unique societal and academic pressures. Teenagers who are feeling lost, rejected, isolated or confused about who they are might resort to drugs, self-harm or crime. Often teenagers require a safe space outside of the home where they can express and find themselves. I provide this space by allowing the teenager to feel unconditional positive regard. I can also offer as EMDR as needed.

Children Play and Art

Children between the ages of 4 and 12 are able to better express and heal through art and play therapy. Play and art therapy is healing for children with behavioral and emotional issues such as bullying, being bullied, trauma, loss, conflict, divorce, anxiety and depression. I use an attachment based model and can also combine EMDR to act as a safe and secure base for your child.

About Dr. Monica

Dr Monica Borschel is a registered and licensed Clinical Psychologist in Hong Kong and is now based in Lake Forest, Orange County, California, USA. Dr. Monica helps individuals and families cope with loss, trauma and custody disputes.

Dr. Monica has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University in New York, and a PhD in Social Work and Social Administration from The University of Hong Kong. She is a Bricklin Custody evaluator and an EMDR practitioner, as well as a member of the American Psychological Association, American Counselling Association and the Hong Kong Family Law Association.

Dr. Monica’s attachment-based psychodynamic therapy along with EMDR, enables her clients to find healing within themselves. In so doing, she can help adults, teens, and children to overcome anxiety, trauma, neglect, emotional, verbal, physical abuse, and child abuse. Furthermore, as an attachment specialist, she also helps individuals understand relationship patterns which prevent them from developing or maintaining healthy relationships. 

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