Doris Heinrichs | Psychotherapist, RN MEd | Philosophy of Counseling

Philosophy of Counseling

Doris brings an eclectic and integrative blend of therapeutic modalities to providing psychotherapy. She believes that emotional/psychological healing is as natural and possible as is physical healing - her role is to facilitate and augment this process. With the emergence of MRI brain scanning and intensive applied research, much as been learned in the past 20 years about the brain, normal responses to traumatization and how positive change can occur. Through mindful self-study, application of EMDR (see explanation) and perseverance we can "change" our brains and, thereby, daily life experience. The therapeutic relationship is an integral part of counseling and is supported by an atmosphere of acceptance, safety, and confidentiality.

Although Doris encourages each individual to move towards fulfilling his/her own potential in life, her style is to respect the immediate needs being presented. For some clients, therefore, the process will focus on gaining new skills such as stress/anxiety management, relaxation, or communication strategies. Other clients will choose to engage in a deeper healing process by addressing traumatic memories and experiences, often involving family of origin work.

Doris welcomes diversity in client issues, backgrounds, cultural/religious beliefs, sexual orientation, age, and gender.

Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR (Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a powerful psychotherapy method developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro. Now amongst the most widely researched of all trauma therapies, EMDR has helped an estimated half-million people of all ages relieve many types of emotional distress from extreme life-threatening trauma to performance anxiety. EMDR is an integrative therapy, able to access deeply-held beliefs and experiences that resist intervention in an efficient and enduring manner, while reinforcing healthy and positive experiences.

For more information about EMDR check out the website at or contact Doris.

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy® (SP)

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy was founded by Dr. Pat Ogden and is a body-oriented talking therapy. It integrates verbal techniques with body-centered interventions to safely study and explore habitual patterns of organizing information. SP is profoundly effective in calming the residue of traumatization, be it from life-threat, attachment/relationship wounds, or the combination of both.

To learn more about SP, go to or contact Doris.

Both EMDR and SP draw from current brain research and complement each other in the therapeutic setting.

"Your task is not to look for love, but to find within yourself all the barriers that you have built against it."