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    Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.

     

    -Hippocrates

  • Meet sean

    welcome; i'm so glad you're here

    sean reilly, mssw, lcsw

    Since 2009, Sean has been sharing hope, humor, and authenticity with his clients. He specializes in serving teenagers and adults to help deal with depression, anxiety, anger, and addiction issues. Additionally, he has extensive experience in counseling with Veterans and first responders with unique trauma experiences. Sean is highly effective in helping people heal hurts they have carried and often have kept secret or hidden from others. Sean’s passion is seeing people develop new chapters in life-to the point that those closest to them take notice-as they broaden their understanding of themselves and others.


    Sean treats those who are struggling with: depression, social and performance anxiety, anger, relationship issues, trauma, post-traumatic stress, addiction recovery, substance abuse, grief and loss. Sean’s inclusive counseling approach draws from a variety of psychological, behavioral, and spiritual approaches to address the unique needs of each client. He is client-centered and develops a series of interventions that balance challenging thought processes without feeling shame.
     
    Beyond doing talk therapy, Sean has specialized training in EMDR and Brainspotting, which uses neuropsychotherapy to process issues related to trauma, PTSD, anxiety, and loss, often more quickly than traditional talk-therapies. EMDR and Brainspotting allow for healing from “triggers” that lead to trauma symptoms and emotional distress, by resetting them to bring about neurological and emotional healing. People experiencing intense emotions, losing energy or “oomph,” or feeling overwhelmed and pulled a million different ways, find that EMDR and Brainspotting provide lasting changes to handle the stressors of everyday life without the same difficulty as before.

      

     

    Prior to private practice, Sean worked as the primary EMDR clinician for two Veteran’s Affairs PTSD clinics. Sean has also worked as a director and clinician for individuals working toward addiction recovery in South Florida, as well as in community mental health working with teenagers, young adults, and their families.

    ​Sean and his wife, Stevie, have been married since 2014 and enjoy traveling (especially anywhere with a beach), searching for the best local food and coffee spots, going for excessive amounts of walks as well as learning to cook new meals together.

     

    Education

    University of Texas at Austin 

    MSSW in Clinical Social Work

    Vanderbilt University 

    BS in Psychology; concentration in Clinical Neuroscience and Psychopathology

    Specialities

    Trauma Recovery & PTSD

    Anxiety

    Grief

    Anger

    Addiction

    Adolescents

    Treatment Approaches

    Brainspotting (BSP)

    Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)

    Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)

    Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)

    Motivational Interviewing (MI)

    Contact Sean directly at sean@alpharettaEMDR.com or 770.376.7737

  • more about sean

    Currently Reading...

    The Power of Brainspotting-Gerhard Wolfrum

    No Bad Parts-Richard C Schwartz

    Current Self Care...

    Morning coffee and conversation with my wife

    Current Hobby...

    House Plants

    Currently Drinking...

    Union Brew Lab Coffee

    Rasa Adaptogens

  • Meet Monica

    monica barney, msw lmsw

    Monica believes that taking the leap into therapy can be really scary, and wants you to know she will be there to receive you with compassion and a sincere desire to hear and understand you.

     

    She believes that life experiences shape the way we see and feel about ourselves, others, and the world. Trauma, or any disturbing event, can significantly distort these perceptions. This includes humiliation or betrayal; abuse; accidents; witnessing or experiencing natural disasters; or any other event that has been hurtful or disturbing, either from the distant or recent past.

     

    When life experiences are harmful or traumatic, we can feel stuck, and unable to move on. This can be overwhelming and defeating, and can often lead to a sense of hopelessness and despair. I would like to walk with you on the path that leads to healing so that you can feel like a whole person again.

    Monica treats adults who are struggling with: trauma, post-traumatic stress, depression, anxiety, and relationship issues. She uses several different modalities focused on the needs and strengths of each individual client or couple and has received specialized training in EMDR to help process complex trauma. She treats children with behavioral issues using play therapy and works with couples going through divorce on co-parenting skills.

     

    Prior to private practice Monica spent fifteen years working with complex trauma survivors in an International non-profit organization where she specialized in working with survivors of intimate partner violence, survivors of sex trafficking, at-risk children, refugees and those struggling with substance abuse and homelessness.

     

    Monica has two children and is the curator of their personal art gallery. She loves to cook international foods, hike, read series with her boys, and explore the world. In her spare time you can find her adding books to her wish list, lost in the woods with her dog while picnicking with her boys, serving the community through her church, or in Italy enjoying a coffee at a café.

    Monica's site direction is provided by Sean Reilly, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker CSW006739 and operates under the clinical supervision of Darrin Bronfman, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker CSW003592.

    Education

    University of Pennsylvania

    Master’s in Clinical Social Work

    Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

    Master of Arts in Christian Leadership

    Temple University

    Bachelor’s in Social Work

     

    Specialities

    Trauma Recovery

    Depression and Mood Disorders

    Anxiety

    Domestic and Sexual Violence

    Substance Abuse

    Co-Parenting Counseling

    Play Therapy

    Treatment Approaches

    Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)

    Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) (DBT)

    Rational Emotive Therapy

    Motivational Interviewing (MI)

    Contact Monica directly at monica@atlneuro.com or 615.624.4450

    **Friday & Saturday Availability**

  • more about monica

    Currently Reading...

    Healing the Heart of Trauma and Dissociation-Forgash & Copeley 

    EMDR Therapy and Adjunct Approaches with Children- Gomez

    The Land of Stories Series - Colfer

    Current Self Care...

    Walking my dog & yoga

    Current Quote...

    Freedom is what you do with what’s been done to you.

    -Jean-Paul Satre

    Currently Drinking...

     Italian espresso from my moka pot

    Cortado with almond milk - 45 South Cafe

  • What is EMDR?

    Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches. To date, EMDR therapy has helped millions of people of all ages relieve many types of psychological stress.

    Why it's Helpful

    EMDR works by using bilateral stimulation (i.e. eye movement, sound and/or hand buzzers) to stimulate the right and left sides of our brain which in turn helps facilitate healing. The goal with EMDR is to target negative memories and reprocess those memories so that you have little to no disturbance in the present day. When we experience a negative / traumatic event our bodies (heart, soul, mind, body) store those sensations. Many times we are able to naturally reprocess negative events. But there are other times where negative events get locked up in our brain. These are the moments when we feel stuck. EMDR helps reprocess so that we can experience healing and resolve.

    Research 

    If you want read more..

    EMDRIA is the EMDR International Association and governing body for EMDR.

    http://www.emdria.org

  • What is Brainspotting?

    Brainspotting is an advanced form of trauma therapy that can access the deeper part of our brain (sub cortex) where trauma is stored and we may not even be aware of it. It was developed by David Grand and based off of the EMDR approach; it treats the trauma by identifying eye positions that are associated with memories that are stored in the brain.


    Grand developed this approach after working with numerous 9/11 survivors and when combining both SE (somatic experience) and EMDR, his observations found that a fixed eye position was often associated with recalling a traumatic experience.

    Why it's helpful

    This form of therapy helps to regulate the brain's control of the body to aid in physical and mental healing. Brainspotting has been found to yield faster results of traumatic events compared to EMDR and talk therapy. It appears to work on the limbic system and influences different psychological factors such as: long term memory, cognition, motivation, impulse control, and emotional well being.

     

    It can be used for: anxiety disorders, addiction, chronic pain or chronic fatigue therapy, stress treatment, phobia resolution, childhood trauma, improving sports performance, anger issues, ADHD support, and impulse control improvement.

    EMDR Vs. BSP

    Brainspotting accesses the brain in a very focused manner and can be used with almost any client. For some people, EMDR can be overstimulating, which may not be helpful for some clients.

     

    EMDR has a very specific protocol (procedure) to follow. BSP is more flexible and relies on the attunement of the therapist with the client.

     

    Most of EMDR is done visually–with rapid eye movements. BSP usually focuses on a single eye position. Some clients report that BSP helps to work more quickly.

     

    EMDR uses eye movements as a form of bilateral stimulation.

    BSP focuses the eye on a fixed gaze position and can also integrate bilateral stimulation.

  • Contact us

    You may contact Sean directly at 770.376.7737 for faster a response time or use the electronic form below. By submitting the contact form, you authorize Sean Reilly to contact you at the email address provided. Due to HIPAA regulations, Sean will not provide counseling services in his response. Please include only general information in the comment box since email is not guaranteed to be confidential.

    308 Maxwell Road
    Suite 100
    Alpharetta, GA 30009
    770.376.7737
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