Ms. Monika Turner, LCMHC

EMDR Certified Therapist

About Me

Neuroscience research, stress and the brain, guides my work. Research shows that negative life events can cause stress responses in the brain which can result in individuals becoming paralyzed, or controlled by threatening & uncomfortable emotions & beliefs. Many symptoms are unconscious ways the mind has devised of avoiding unwanted or feared emotions & thoughts. The Result includes: •Social struggles/Relationship issues •Impulsive behaviors •Depression & anxiety •Sleep disturbances •Decreased academic/work performance •Problems with attention Current brain research and the concept of “neuroplasticity” offer encouragement that, as we change our habitual patterns, we develop new pathways in the brain which support our new behaviors. The exciting implication of this research is that our experiences, and where we put our attention, continue to shape our brains as we age. By learning and practicing mindful attention, we affect the structure and function of our brains, making it easier to stay present and less reactive, which improves our physical and mental health. Using individual therapy including IFS, EMDR & mindfulness practices, I provide clients with an opportunity to address unwanted symptoms (behaviors, emotions, sensations and beliefs) and to cultivate more ease, connection & well-being in their lives. Possible results include: ·Skillful responses to difficult emotions ·Improved communication & relationships ·Increased self-awareness ·Improved conflict resolution skills ·Improved focus & concentration ·Increased empathy & understanding of others I am committed to providing a safe, supportive environment and I offer acceptance and my caring presence.

Education & Experience

Master’s Degree in Psychology, Mental Health & Substance Abuse Counseling Northern Vermont University, Johnson, VT May 2010 Dean’s List GPA 4.0 Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology Northern Vermont University, Johnson, VT May 2008 Dean’s List GPA 4.0 Child Development Associate, CDA Credential Community College of Vermont, Burlington, VT September 2004 GPA 4.0 Degree in Design and Pattern Drafting-Muller and Sohn Engineering degree-REFA Bogner, Munich, Germany 1986-1988 TRAININGS /AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION: Treatment of Complex Trauma & Dissociative Disorders Part II, International Society of Trauma and Dissociation: Jan.-June 2018 31 Secrets of the Embodied Self: Hearing Baby's Story in EMDR for Trauma in Implicit Memory: Sandra Paulsen PhD. January 2018 Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR): Certification 2016 EMDR International Association Diagnosis & Treatment of Complex Trauma & Dissociative Disorders Part I, International Society of Trauma and Dissociation 2017 American Society of Clinical Hypnosis: Fundamentals of Hypnosis October 2014 Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Basic Training 2014 Internal Family Systems Model (IFS) 2012-2014 Motivational Enhancement /Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (MET/CBT5), Win C Turner, Ph.D, 10/2009-3/2010, Certification Awarded 3/2010 Apprentice Addictions Professional (AAP), The Vermont Board Alcohol and Drug Abuse Certification Board, Certification Awarded 2/19/2010 Conferences/Training: International Society of Trauma and Dissociation “Research Intervention Innovation” NYC, 3/29/19-4/1/19 International Society of Trauma and Dissociation “The Ripple Effect: Trauma & Dissociation in the Mainstream” Washington DC 3/30/17-4/3/17 International Society of Trauma and Dissociation "Hand in Hand: Trauma, Dissociation, Attachment" San Francisco, California 3/29/16-4/1/16 International Society of Trauma and Dissociation "Mastering the Complexity of Trauma & Dissociation" Orlando, Florida 4/16/15-4/20/15 International Society of Trauma and Dissociation "Exploring and Learning Together: What We Now Know about Trauma & Dissociation" Long Beach, California 10/23/14-10/27/14 The Language of Possibility: Utilizing Hypnotic Language and Creating Metaphor; Molly DeLaney PsyD, Colchecter, VT 4/12/13 Attachment, Trauma, and the Development of Mentalization, Arietta Slade, Ph.D., UVM Department of Psychiatry, 3/22/2013 Annual Conference, Addictive Disorders, Valley Visa, Fairlee, VT 10/27-28/11 Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, Howard Addiction Academy 11/4/11 Exposure Response Prevention Therapy, Howard Addiction Academy 10/14/11 Twelve Step Groups and Steps, Netsmart University 9/8/11 Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Gayle LaSalle MS, 9/3/2011 Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Netsmart University 9/1/11 Making Change: Dealing With Addiction, Robert Bryant 8/17/2011 Seeking SafetyTherapy, Spectrum Youth & Family Services 4/2010-7/2010 Professional Ethics: Howard Center Training 12/4/2009 Addictions Internship: Maple Leaf Farm 2/10/2009-4/7/2009 All the Rage: Helping Adolescent Girls in Crisis; Dr. Martha Straus 12/4/2008 Integrative Healthcare Symposium; New York, NY 1/17/08-1/19/08

Professional & Volunteer Affiliations

International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation EMDR Northern Vermont Network

Specialty Area

  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Depression
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Grief/Loss/Mourning
  • Performance Enhancement
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Population Served

  • Adolescents (13-17)
  • Adults


  • English
  • German


  • BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • Medicaid
  • Sliding Scale