SESSION STRUCTURE

Sunny currently provides depth psychotherapy, EMDR and Trauma Therapy,  Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy, Ego State Therapy and Gottman Couples Method therapy for clients in Salt Lake City, Utah, counseling couples, individuals and families.

Individual sessions are 50 minutes. KAP sessions are 100 minutes. Please be aware, Mrs Strasburg is consistently booked out several weeks, sometimes months ahead. If you would like an appointment, and/or appointments that are more frequent than every few months, please request to book several appointments at a time.

I have an eclectic approach, weaving in EMDR for trauma (I am EMDRIA Certified), Jungian Depth Psychology, Attachment Theory and the Gottman Couples Method. I also utilize Ego State Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral approaches. 

I am a graduate from the Certification for Psychedelic Assisted Therapy at California Institute of Integral Studies. I’m trained at Synthesis, partly through the MAPS training (A,B& C). I have been trained at Compass Pathways for a Phase 2 psilocybin study at the Aquilino Cancer Center/Johns Hopkins Medical Center. I’m serving as a therapist in a study now with the Ketamine Research Center for patients with terminal diagnoses.

 
I have co-founded a nonprofit organization with Dr Phil Wolfson called Indra’s Net Coalition.  (www.indrasnetcoalition.org). This organization offers free online video Sharing Groups for poeple with diverse trauma backgrounds. Our goal is to get help to as many people as possible.
  

FEE-FOR-SERVICE

Sunny Strasburg’s therapy practice is a fee-for-service practice. One hour sessions are $160. KAP sessions are $320.

She does not bill insurance companies and would be considered an out-of-network provider with most insurance providers. You are charged directly for services provided.

Payment is due on the date of service. Accepted payment methods are: Cash, Venmo, checks, or Paypal

TRAUMA THERAPY

I use EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) to treat single and multiple episode Complex PTSD. During the initial appointments, I am assessing for self regulation, co-morbid mental disorders, resiliency and support. If  EMDR is appropriate, we proceed in mapping out trauma areas, take a life history, and create resiliency and self soothing techniques. The next phases include the Phase 4 EMDR which includes bilateral stimulation such as eye movements,  holding pulsators and listening to bilateral sounds on headphones. Upon completion of Phase 4, we proceed to assimilate the newly processed memories into long term storage. There are many good empirical studies on the effectiveness of EMDR for treating trauma. A good resource is Dr Bessell Van Der Kolk’s book, The Body Keeps the Score, which includes many studies on the effectiveness of EMDR.

More information on EMDR:

MarcoPagani  

Inside EMDR Article

GOTTMAN METHOD FOR COUPLES SESSION OUTLINE

The Gottman Method Couples Therapy is based on Dr. John Gottman’s research that began in the 1970’s and continues to this day. The research has focused on what makes relationships succeed or fail. From this research, Drs. John and Julie Gottman have created a method of therapy that emphasizes the nuts and bolts approach to improving clients’ relationships.

This method is designed to help teach specific tools to ddepen friendship and intimacy in your relationship. To help you productively manage conflicts, you will be given methods to manage resolvable problem and dialog about gridlocked or perpetual issues. We will also work together to help you appreciate your relationship’s strengths and to gently navigate its vulnerabilities.

Gottman Method Couples Therapy Consists of Five Parts

• Assessment • Treatment • Out of Therapy • Termination • Outcome Evaluation

Early in the assessment phase, you will be given some written materials to complete that will help us better understand your relationship.

  • In the first sessions, we will talk about the history of your relationship, areas of concern, and goals of treatment.
  • In the second session, I will meet with each of you individually to learn your personal histories and to give you an opportunity to share thoughts, feelings, and perceptions.
  • In the third and final session of assessment, I will share with you my recommendations and we will work collaboratively to define mutually agreed-upon goals for your therapy.

Most of the work will involve sessions in which you will be seen together as a couple. However, there may be times when individual sessions are recommended. I may also give you exercises to practice between sessions.

The length of therapy will be determined by your specific needs and goals. In the course of therapy, we will establish points at which to evaluate your satisfaction and progress. Also, I will encourage you to raise any questions or concerns you have about therapy at any time.

In the later stages of therapy, we will phase out or meet less frequently in order for you to test out new relationship skills and to prepare for termination of the therapy. Although you may terminate therapy whenever you wish, it is most helpful to have at least one session together to summarize progress, define the work that remains, and say good-bye.

In the outcome-evaluation phase, as per the Gottman Method, four follow-up sessions are planned: one after 6 months, one after 12 months, one after 18 months, and one after two years. These sessions have been shown through research to significantly decrease the chances of relapse into previous, unhelpful patterns. In addition, commitment to providing the best therapy possible requires ongoing evaluation of methods used and client progress. The purpose of these follow-up sessions then will be to fine tune any of your relationship skills if needed and to evaluate the effectiveness of the therapy received.

 “I am often asked how I can work with […] trauma without becoming burned out or depressed. My answer to this question is that witnessing the transformation that takes place in people when they master their traumas has proven to be a deeply sustaining and uplifting experience in my life.”

Peter A. Levine

Specializing In

Links and Resources

“High Country” by Sunny Strasburg and Martin Stensaas