"Trauma is not what happens to us, but what we hold inside in the absence of an empathetic witness.”
― Peter A. Levine
Seeking Depth to Recovery
with Adrienne Loker
LCSW, EMDR Certified Therapist
Are you tired of feeling stuck?
Despite your efforts, are you still not where you want to be?
Is something missing, but you don't know what?
Do you cry, feel anxious, or get angry for "no reason"?
Have you lost connection with creativity and curiosity?
A whole-brain approach to
treating trauma and addiction
If you’ve tried traditional therapy or peer support groups and still can’t escape the feeling of not being good enough, being too much, feeling too sensitive, or feeling insignificant, it may be time to try something new.
Traditional cognitive approaches work hard to treat the conscious brain, where there is an awareness of symptoms. But conditions like depression, anxiety, bipolar, post-traumatic stress disorder, alcohol and drug addiction, chronic pain, disordered eating, and sleep issues are rooted in the unconscious part of the brain where analysis and language cannot access.
Instead of focusing on coping with symptoms, a whole-brain approach aims to eliminate them.
By tending to both the conscious and unconscious brain, we address how the body has been conditioned to engage in bothersome thoughts, unwanted feelings, and maladaptive behaviors as a way to regulate the nervous system. Through the incorporation of the body within the therapeutic process, we can rebalance what has been unbalanced.
Adrienne Loker, LCSW is a trauma therapy specialist and also treats underlying conditions, including alcoholism, drug addiction, low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, PTSD, and relationship struggles.
Adrienne operates from a theoretical orientation that each person has within them the natural inclination toward healing that is part of their nervous system's innate wiring. By working with the brain's instinctual processing system, from the lower survival areas where trauma information can get stuck, up to the analytical areas where traditional talk therapy takes place, results are achieved less invasively, more effectively, and much more quickly.
Adrienne delicately weaves together attachment-based Ego-State therapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), Somatic Experiencing, and psychodrama with the goal of connecting her clients to their deeper selves over a shorter period of time than traditional treatment methods so clients can get their lives back sooner and feel better faster.
Intensive Individual Therapy
Adrienne provides 90 minute sessions for all individual and couples therapy. This expanded timeframe enables us to sufficiently touch in to the deeper work and re-center before wrapping up. This model helps to keep clinical work more effectively organized, thereby serving as two sessions in one. 120 minute sessions are offered for families and for applicable EMDR goals. EMDR intervenes on the neurological birthplace of dysfunction, which in turn shaves off years of the therapy process. More information on EMDR can be found on the "EMDR" tab under "Therapy".
Telehealth & Specialized Covid-19 Services
Currently, Adrienne is providing all therapeutic services virtually until it is deemed safe to return to in-person sessions. All neuro-biological modalities offered by Adrienne in individual and group format are effective and safe via teletherapy.
Adrienne is available for short-term interventions for first responders located in Virginia needing rapid relief from stressful experiences brought about by their work during this global pandemic. Utilizing EMDR, individuals can avoid developing PTSD and other anxiety disorders in as little as one session.
Supervision & Training
Adrienne is approved by the Board of Social Work to provide supervision toward LCSW. She is also an EMDRIA Consultant in Training and is available for individual and group EMDR consultation.
Adrienne is available to present or train on various aspects of trauma and addiction recovery, as well as experiential treatment models, for agencies and small groups. Feel free to contact Adrienne to create a training specific to your organization's needs.
(Will resume in 2022)
Adrienne offers retreats utilizing a combination of experiential modalities, but primarily drawing from psychodrama, a theoretical perspective that each person has stored within them the truth that they need to heal. It is within the drama that the truth can emerge. As people connect to their inner worlds, they begin to understand how their implicitly stored emotional wounds serve as the foundation for current life stressors. Participants acquire new perspectives, tools to nurture themselves, and the ability to let go of old wounds. More information can be found under "Psychodrama" and "Retreats" tabs.
I would love to support you in your journey. Feel free to connect with me by calling 804.396.4668 or emailing me at AdrienneLokerLCSW@gmail.com. You may also submit the contact form below and I will respond to you as soon as possible.