Renee Miller, PsyD, LMFT

MFC 43207

  • Specialties

     

    EMDR Certified

    Equine Assisted Psychotherapist

    EMDR Consultant in Training

     

    Trauma...Past, Recent, Recurring

    PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)

     

    Veterans

    First Responders

    Sexual Abuse, Sexual Assault, Sexual Trauma

    Adults Raised by Volatile or Abusive Caregivers

    Sex Addiction as a Symptom of Unresolved Trauma

    Relationship Struggles due to Unresolved Childhood Trauma

    Treating Trauma Before it Sets in as PTSD (within 30 days of traumatic event)

  • Approach

    Do any of the questions below apply?

     

    Are you exposed to distressing situations that occur daily at work and find that you are reaching for unhealthy ways to quiet the chaos within?

     

    Have you tried to move forward from a recent traumatic event, childhood trauma, sexual assault or abuse, but feel stuck?

     

    Do you feel overwhelmed sometimes by intrusive images, nightmares, thoughts, beliefs, and/or feelings associated with a past, recent or recurring trauma?

     

    Does it feel like your world is shrinking as you try to avoid anything that could possibly remind you of a specific, or series of, distressing events?

     

    You may be here because you have some questions or situations that have been troubling you, or you may feel like it is time to start addressing certain issues.  If you answered "yes" to any of the questions above, I can help.  I not only have professional experience and specialized training in these areas, I also have personal experiences that have provided me with valuable insights, which allow me to empathically understand the pain or struggles that you may be experiencing.

     

    My AREAS OF SPECIALTY include working with:

     

    - People who want to take a deeper look into their long-term battle with PTSD, depression, anxiety, anger, abandonment and rejection, substance use/abuse, relationship stress, sex addiction, and the traumatic effects of adverse childhood experiences.

     

    -  People who have been victimized, exploited, scammed, stalked, or psychologically tortured by a sociopath. It is critical to get help when you have ended a relationship of any kind with a sociopathic person, to not only heal the trauma caused by the relationship, but also to give voice to all the thoughts you carry about the encounter that can actually work against protecting you from future encounters.

     

    - Couples dealing with the unresolved trauma from childhood that is severely and negatively impacting their relationship.

     

    -  Those who have been court-ordered to do reunification therapy with their children.

     

    I use a variety of treatment methods that are tailored to the needs of my clients.

     

    As a Depth-oriented therapist, I work from a Jungian approach that views the person holistically, with the goal of addressing Mind, Body, and Spirit/Soul issues as they relate to emotional, mental, psychological, relational, and behavioral distress.  Dream Analysis, Archetypal Exploration, Cinema Therapy, Expressive Art, and Sandtray work are also utilized in this treatment model.

     

    As a Certified EMDR therapist, I am able to treat trauma using this evidence-based model that allows clients to reprocess traumatic memories in a way that is more adaptive and integrative‚Ķthat is, in a way that allows clients to access and use information that may not have been available during the initial trauma event.  In this way, the memory is reprocessed in a more adaptive way, removing the distressing emotional charge and negative beliefs that can be overwhelming leftovers and triggers from traumatic events, which often lead people to reach for unhealthy ways of dealing with the triggers.  My team and I have developed a new EMDR protocol that involves doing EMDR on horseback.  Clients who have chosen to add Equine-Focused EMDR to their treatment plan report experiencing amazing results.

     

    As an Equine-Assisted Psychotherapist, I incorporate ground work with horses as an experiential model of treatment for growth and learning.  Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) offers a collaborative effort between a licensed therapist, a horse professional, the client, and horses, to encourage change and to address treatment goals. EAP can be helpful in treating various emotionally distressing situations and symptoms, to include depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship stress, family stress, parental alienation, addictions, and eating disorders.  It is brief and solution-focused.  It is helpful as an addition to office-based therapy when clients want to explore what they are learning in their work with their primary therapists.  I encourage clients who are already in therapy to invite their primary therapist to their EAP session, to observe and take note of insights gained, for their ongoing office-based therapy.

     

    EAP is also helpful in assisting teams learn how to best utilize the team's resources, at work, home, or school.  My EAP team and I provide team building and leadership training experiences for small business owners who want to grow their business, focusing on team development and team dynamics, in order to reach their business goals.

     

    My team and I also assist employers who want to improve teamwork, leadership skills, and communication.  We help employers identify situations that can cause undue stress for employees and work teams.  This ultimately leads to higher levels of work productivity, increased morale, increased efficiency and creative flow, overall health and well-being, less time off due to illness and stress, and greater job satisfaction.

     

    Philosophy & Credentials

     

    Dr. Renee Miller is the founder and CEO of the Journey PTSD Centers of Orange County. The philosophy and mission of The Journey PTSD Centers is based on Dr. Miller's desire to provide a depth-oriented and holistic approach to empowering people to live their lives, not their trauma.

     

    Dr. Miller is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (PsyD). Her education includes a Bachelor's Degree in Human Development and a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology.

     

    She has training and experience in Depth-oriented psychotherapy, sandtray therapy, cinema therapy, dream analysis and dreamtending, Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP), and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR).

     

    She works with veterans, first responders, those with PTSD, adults who are struggling with the effects of childhood trauma and abuse, addiction and recovery, domestic violence, human trafficking victims, sexual abuse and sexual assault, high conflict divorce and custody issues, parent alienation, troubled teens, work place bullying, team-oriented work environments, workers' comp cases, and anger management.

     

    She is an active member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, including active membership in her local chapter in Orange County.  She is a member of the CG Jung Club of Orange County.

     

    She is married and has two grown children. Dr. Miller draws, not only from her educational and professional experiences, but also from her personal life experiences, all of which provide a deep level of empathy and understanding in her work with clients.

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    Dr. Renee Miller is the founder and CEO of The PTSD Centers of Orange County. The philosophy and mission of The PTSD Centers is based on Dr. Miller's desire to provide a depth-oriented and holistic approach to empowering people to live their lives, not their trauma.

     

    Dr. Miller is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (PsyD). Her education includes a Bachelor's Degree in Human Development and a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology.

     

    She has training and experience in Depth-oriented psychotherapy, sandtray therapy, cinema therapy, dream analysis and dreamtending, Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), working with 1st responders, veterans, PTSD, addiction and recovery, domestic violence, human trafficking victims, sexual abuse and sexual assault, high conflict divorce and custody issues, parent alienation, troubled teens, work place bullying, team-oriented work environments, workers' comp cases, and anger management.

     

    She is an active member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, including active membership in her local chapter in Orange County.  She is a member of the CG Jung Club of Orange County.

     

    She is married and has two grown children.  Dr. Miller draws not only from her educational and professional experiences, but also from her personal life experiences, which provides a deep level of empathy and understanding in her work with clients.

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