Paula Harper, MA, RN, LMHC, CSAT
DBT and EMDR Trained
Paula is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Registered Nurse. She began her career over 25 years ago as an Oncology nurse and over the years has worked in many phases of health care. She received her master’s degree from Argosy University – Sarasota and has been with Spectrum Recovery Solutions for the past 5 years. She utilizes a variety of approaches to assist clients through difficult life transitions, parents struggling with addicted children, depression, complex grief and loss, anxiety, sex addiction, relational trauma, crisis and the impact of pornography and infidelity on both partners and addicts. She has completed all training and requirements as a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, CSAT, through the International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP).
Paula works with individuals - teens, adults and seniors - and facilitates psycho-educational, therapeutic and DBT skills groups. She uses Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and person-centered therapy as well as mindfulness practice in the group setting. She uses EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) to assist those that are having emotional and behavioral difficulty today due to traumatic situations that occurred recently or in the past.
Paula believes we all go through things in our lives that are painful or extremely difficult to handle. In spite of the fact that we are doing the best we can, sometimes we need some assistance with picking up the pieces and identifying which ones really belong to us. Making sense of these unique experiences is often very difficult to do on your own. Whether it is dealing with a loss, stopping a behavior that is affecting your relationships, or struggling with new or complex issues it often helpful to find an ally. Talking through issues, getting feedback and support allows us to be open to new perspectives. It is never too late to make changes in life, but sometimes it is hard to triage issues and find the best place to start. If you are ready to make some changes and would like to have the support you need to find your voice and reach your goals, call for an appointment.