Brittany Neece, LPC-S, LMFT-S & Associates
Call Me: 512-814-6027
"To have courage is to feel fear in the face of imminent danger, but to remain able to move ahead despite one’s fear. There is no courage without fear. Courage is exactly that quality of heart that lets us face the risk that real change entails." - Helen Selenati
EDUCATION & TRAINING:
I have always been interested in the field of psychology and attempting to learn more about why people think, act, and feel the way they do. Every single person is unique, and views the world based on his/her unique experiences and perceptions. This is why I tailor therapy treatment to meet the needs and characteristics of each client in attempt to provide the best therapy experience possible for each person. I aim towards creating a warm, empathic, and safe environment based on a judgment-free relationship of trust and compassion for all my clients.
I received my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. I then went on to receive my Master of Arts Degree in Counseling from St. Edwards University. I am actively licensed as a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist-Supervisor. As well as providing direct therapy services, I also am a Texas state board-approved supervisor, which means I provide supervision and consultation to LPC-Interns, LMFT-Associates, and counseling students.
I have completed the Gottman Method Couples Therapy level 1 and 2 Training. The Gottman Institute was founded by Dr. John and Julie Gottman to research relationships and share findings with mental health professionals on techniques used to restore relationships. Dr. John Gottman is the author to many famous relationship books including "The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work" and "Ten Lessons to Transform Your Marriage." Please visit the Gottman institute website for additional information: http://www.gottman.com
Additionally, I have been trained in the Prepare-Enrich Marriage and Premarital Counseling program. I can provide a certificate upon completion of this program that entitles you to a discount on your state marriage license. To find out more information about the Prepare-Enrich program and how it may benefit your relationship, please visit the website:http://www.prepare-enrich.com
I am also a trained facilitator of the Nurturing Parenting/Co-Parenting Program. This program is an evidence-based program developed from over 30 years of research regarding high conflict family environments. Techniques and principles taught through the Nurturing Parenting program help parents learn how to parent in ways that decrease conflict or abuse and increase empathy and connection with their children. For more information about this program, please visit the website: http://www.nurturingparenting.com
I have completed training and advanced-technique workshops in EMDR, which stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. I have also completed training in EFT, which stands for Emotion-Freedom Technique. Both EMDR and EFT have been significantly studied and researched with findings indicating that it can be incredibly effective for treatments regarding trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
HOW DOES EMDR WORK?
Basically, when we experience something as traumatic or disturbing, our brain creates a memory of a certain event/feeling/image/situation that can trigger anxiety within us. Traumatic memories are not only stored in our brain, but also in our body as physical manifestations or sensations. Sometimes these memories get "stuck" in such a way that we consistently produce anxiety-related symptoms (sometimes without even realizing it).
Through something called bilateral stimulation (either with rapid eye movements, a moving light, or pulsing "tappers" in each hand), the brain is allowed to reprocess the way the client experiences and views this event/image. The brain does the reprocessing completely on its own, and the therapist controls the amount of time between each sets of bilateral stimulation and checks in with the client during this time to note any changes in thoughts or sensations. And this in turn changes the way the memory is stored, which hopefully causes a reduction in anxiety.
Each person is different, so the amount of sessions needed to provide relief may vary. Also, there are usually more than one image/memory that are processed during EMDR sessions, so this can also determine the number of sessions needed. The reason that EMDR can tend to be more brief than other types of therapy is that the brain continues to reprocess this information after the sessions are over. Please refer to the EMDRIA website for further information regarding EMDR: http://www.emdria.org