I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, licensed in the state of Hawaii and previously Louisiana. My graduate training was at University of Colorado Denver, Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education program, for a MA of Counseling, Clinical Mental Health track. I graduated from Arizona State University with a BA in Psychology and Minor in Women's Studies. I have since been trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) through EMDR Consulting.
I began working in this field as a volunteer grief facilitator in Phoenix, AZ. After graduation, I worked at an inpatient adolescent substance dependence program in Scottsdale, AZ. I completed my internship and continued to work for the next 5 years at an adult Intensive Outpatient Program for substance dependence in New Orleans, LA. I made my transition to working with eating disorders at an inpatient unit in New Orleans, LA where I was introduced to Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and was able to witness the positive impact this has on patients. I opened a private practice when I moved to Honolulu, HI in 2015 and focused primarily on disordered eating/eating disorders, anxiety, depression, and trauma. During this time I also worked part time at The Lavender Clinic, a clinic providing services to transgender and the LGB community. I am currently providing services to the US Embassy community located in Port-au-Prince, Haiti while I am stationed here for 1 year with my husband
My theoretical orientation is based from a Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) perspective in that the client and I will focus on identifying and challenging maladaptive patterns of behaviors and thoughts to achieve desired goals and self improvement. We will also focus on developing coping skills to experience a range of emotions and challenges that come our way. I emphasize the use of mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal skills.
We will focus on specific strategies to address the issues that bring you to therapy and other challenges that may arise during the therapeutic process. Treatment may include agreed upon homework assignments (journaling, outside reading, podcasts, completing handouts, etc.). Our first few sessions are will involve information gathering and evaluation as well as treatment planning.
I am also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) and may recommend this method if beneficial to the client. This is an intervention that is often used to treat trauma and phobias, it has also been found to be effective at addressing negative core beliefs (ex. I'm not good enough, I'm unlovable, I'm unworthy, I'm responsible, etc.).
I practice from a Health At Every Size (HAES) perspective. This is an inclusive model that supports body diversity and focuses on improving health without intentional change to weight. Despite the amount of weight bias, weight stigma, and fat phobia in our culture, weight is not a good indicator of health. Practicing through the lens of HAES means supporting respectful, compassionate self care and looking at sustainable health promoting behaviors. If you have questions on this, please feel free to ask.
Port Au Prince, Haiti
(507) 261-3393 on WhatsApp or iMessage (iPhone) Molly@mollybahrcounseling.com