Aimee Daramus, Psy.D., L.C.P.
Aimee Daramus, Psy.D., L.C.P.
Audeo: because therapy isn't easy, and it takes courage

Services

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Therapy

I’m experienced in cognitive-behavioral therapy, accceptance and commitment therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and Adlerian therapy, and often integrate techniques from other styles when it matches the needs of a client. In this way, clients can get therapy that is both evidence-based and customized, and they have a voice in their treatment. Every style of therapy has a set of values and a philosophy of life behind it, and that can also affect the treatment that we choose.

I’m also competent in some techniques that are specific to certain disorders, such as interpersonal and social rhythm therapy for bipolar disorder.

People with neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism or ADD/ADHD are welcome here, as are people with physical and intellectual disabilities.

 

Neurofeedback and Biofeedback

Neurofeedback is a customized type of brain-training using electroencephalogram (EEG) technology. It’s a bit more experimental than my usual styles of therapy. There’s a lot of evidence that it works for ADHD and anxiety disorders, and has also been effective for some people with depression and alcoholism. A map of your brain is taken using the EEG, and I develop a treatment protocol from that, targeting the most relevant parts of the brain based on your presenting problem. During sessions, while you watch a video or listen to music (which appears and disappears in response to how healthy your brain waves are at any given moment), I’m using the EEG to monitor it and adjust the level of challenge.

I also use HRV biofeedback with some clients. It measures the space between heartbeats to see if your body is responding efficiently to changes in stress levels. It also measures coherence, which shows how efficiently your cardiovascular system is working. This makes it a great measure of how stress is affecting your body, and it’s a good form of relaxation exercise for people who like numbers and charts and or aren’t really attracted to more spiritual forms of meditation.

 

Psychological testing

If you’re looking for a diagnosis, want help understanding why you think and feel the way you do, or would like to get more insight into your personality, I can help. I’m also able to do cognitive testing to monitor or help identify dementia, and am happy to come to schools, clinics or community organizations to help set up free screenings for depression or other mental illnesses.

 

Public speaking

Guest blog posts or other content

I’m happy to speak to any subject on which I’m qualified.

I enjoy writing, and would be happy to help you out with a blog post, guest column, a brief piece for your newsletter, or other guest content based on your needs.