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Preferred Name: Kirtan

EMDR Certified Therapist

Online Therapy

About Me

For 30+ years I have worked as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) and Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). Besides EMDR certification, I also hold certificates in Somatic Experiencing (SEP), Dynamic Attachment Reprocessing Experience (DARE), Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and Person-Centered Expressive Arts Therapy (EXA). I had a lot of fun teaching expressive arts trainings at Omega Institute, Wake Forest University, Appalachian State University, and the University of San Simon in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Recently, I worked for 12 years as an attachment-based, body-centered, trauma therapist at The Mood Treatment Center and now use the many skills learned to offer sessions in my private practice office here in Winston Salem, NC. Besides using evidence-based approaches to therapy, I am a decades-long meditator in the mindfulness traditions and have completed Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) as well as four three-year trainings in mindfulness awareness and lovingkindness practices at The Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California. The community of Soulmaking Dharma teachers and practitioners have also ignited my practice of sensing self, other, and world with soulful ways of looking. It is my honor to facilitate gentle recovery from wounds to early childhood, addiction, anxiety, unipolar and bipolar depression. My underlying intention is to be grounded and present in my own heart so as to open the space for my patients to taste and learn to dwell in the compassionate self-acceptance and well-being that can empower their journey to wholeness. To that end, I have had the joy to assist all levels of Diane Poole Heller's DARE Attachment trainings. For the past 25+ years I've taught Mindfulness and Heartfulness practices along with Hatha Yoga – as a 200hr yoga instructor - to a beautiful and diverse community of drama students at The University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where I foster creativity and belonging. My marriage of 27 years, enduring friendships, devotion to my anti-racist community and goddess circle, a blessed life-with-cats and delight in the wildlife in my backyard, plus spiritually engaging in living interdependence with earth and cosmos ~ all these, sustain me day by day. In my private in-person and telehealth practice with Spirithorse Psychotherapy, 336 624.8253, sessions are not covered by insurance.

Education & Experience

In 1994 I received an MA at Appalachian State in Community Mental Health Counseling. In 2000 I completed all course work for doctorate at The European Graduate School in Saas Fe, Switzerland before becoming a Certified EMDR therapist. As a graduate of Somatic Experiencing (SEP), I work as an Approved Provider and an Assistant in Dynamic Attachment & Repatterning Experience (DARe) trainings. With Dave Berger I completed the BASE work using Somatic Experiencing with the body to treat complex trauma. Having completed all Phases of Brainspotting, many with originator David Grand, I participated as a clinician in the first US research on the effects of Brainspotting on PTSD through the University of Kentucky.

Professional & Volunteer Affiliations

I am a member and volunteer for The Women's Fund of Winston Salem to grant funds to needy women and girls of Forsyth County. I am also on the Planning Committee of The Wisdom Circle for White People, training up as an anti-racist.

Specialty Area

  • Abuse/Neglect
  • ADD/ADHD/Disruptive Behavior Disorders
  • Addictions
  • Alcohol/Substance Abuse
  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression
  • Grief/Loss/Mourning
  • Marriage/Relationship Issues
  • Mood Disorders
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Performance Enhancement
  • Phobias
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Somatic Issues
  • Spirituality
  • Stress Management
  • Survivor's Guilt
  • Traumatic Incident

Population Served

  • Adolescents (13-17)
  • Adults
  • Community Mental Health Center
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Group
  • Seniors
  • Veterans/Military


  • English
  • French
  • Spanish