Dr. Paula Jo Hruby, EdD, LCPC, SEP

(she, her, hers)

EMDR Certified Therapist

EMDR Consultant

Online Therapy

About Me

Dr. P. J. Hruby is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. She earned her doctorate in transpersonal psychology, which considers the whole person: mind-body- spirit. Her therapeutic background includes individual, relational, group and family counseling. In all of her sessions, Dr. Hruby uses alternative or experiential methods of therapy, which help accelerate change and often reduce time in counseling. Dr. Hruby is a Certified Therapist and Approved Consultant in EMDR and a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner.Dr. Hruby believes that each individual is unique and has an innate drive to develop to her/his fullest potential. Her therapeutic approach is client-centered and focuses on insight-oriented therapies including transpersonal forms of therapy, particularly Jungian Psychology and Psychosynthesis. Psychosynthesis is a process of personal and spiritual growth that combines Western psychology and Eastern disciplines.Dr. Hruby integrates many techniques and therapeutic methods into her work with clients. These include EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing), Somatic Experiencing, Guided Imagery, Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy, Dream Work, Expressive Therapies, Hypnosis, TWR/WHEE (Transformative Wholistic Reintegration), HMR (Holographic Memory Resolution), Voice Dialogue, Dream Work and SoulCollage® in promoting growth and healing and to address relational issues, family problems, trauma, abuse, depression, disordered eating, overwhelm and grief.As a trauma and anxiety specialist, Dr. Hruby helps individuals who have had intense experiences (sad, mad, bad, and scary) that keep popping up or in some way interfering with their lives. Past experiences can drain energy and prevent happiness. Her expertise is in resolving these events/memories/feelings by aiding the mind and body in integrating or digesting them. Her goal is always to help clients feel more centered, in control, and moving forward in their lives.Dr. Hruby offers two monthly EMDR Consultation Groups for EMDR Therapists (see Consultation for more information). She is also a provider for SE personal sessions (Beginning & Intermediate Years) for SE Therapists pursuing their SEP.

Education & Experience

Ed.D. with Specializations in Transpersonal Psychology and Marriage & Family Therapy, NIU 1985; Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, 1999; EMDRIA Certified Therapist & EMDRIA Certified Consultant in EMDR, 2004; Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP), 3-year training program 2013; SoulCollage Facilitator, 2016; Heart-Centered Hypnotherapist, 2019.

Professional & Volunteer Affiliations

AMHCA, EMDRIA, ICA, IMHCA, Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, Heart-Centered Therapies Association

Specialty Area

  • Abuse/Neglect
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Birth Trauma/Pregnancy Loss
  • Chronic Illness/Medical Issues
  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Domestic Violence
  • Eating Disorders
  • Family Issues
  • Gender Identity
  • Grief/Loss/Mourning
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Marriage/Relationship Issues
  • Moral Injury
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders
  • Performance Enhancement
  • Phobias
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Self-Harm
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Somatic Issues
  • Spirituality
  • Sports Injuries
  • Stress Management
  • Survivor's Guilt
  • Traumatic Incident

Population Served

  • Adults
  • Couples
  • Families
  • First Responders
  • LGBTQ+
  • Seniors
  • Veterans/Military


  • English


  • BlueCross BlueShield

We will bill any insurance. We are in-network with BC/BS PPO and BlueCross BlueChoice PPO..