Myra Gasser, M.Ed., LPC, RYT

I am a licensed professional counselor who provides mental health services for individuals, families, and couples. Prior to opening a private practice, I was employed as a therapist at an inpatient treatment facility for adolescent girls. I also have a masters and license in school counseling, taught school for 13 years, and raised three children.

As a certified yoga teacher with a RYT 200-hour certification and 40 hours of mindfulness and somatic training by Anodea Judith at the Kripalu institute, I utilize a variety of techniques including mindfulness based stress reduction, visual imagery, and breathing techniques in my counseling practice. There is truth in the mind/body connection. The journey to healthy living begins with identifying and releasing the distressing emotions and adapting healthy coping mechanisms.

Bloom Within Counseling provides a safe lap, free of judgement that gives clients a process that focuses on the potential for personal growth, problem solving, and decision making. The counseling approach is holistic and geared to the specific needs of each client. It is comprehensive and collaborative and requires the client’s very active involvement.

I believe one is best served with a combination of approaches under the umbrella of positive psychology theory. The methodology includes a through assessment, followed by the creation of goals and the development of skills. The therapy involves the identification of feelings and thoughts (cognitive therapy), while blending various processing techniques to assist the client in the development of positive coping strategies and a methodical approach to growth and change.

My personal favorite therapy approach is EMDR therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization, Reprocessing). I am a certified EMDRIA therapist and I have completed more than 100 hours of EMDR training and Integrating Somatic Psychotherapy training.

EMDR Therapy is used for treating abuse and neglect, accidents, death of a loved one, diagnosis of an illness, family addiction, separation and divorce and other forms of loss and crises. Many therapist including myself have found EMDR therapy effective in treating: anxiety disorders, depression, pain management, substance abuse and other impulse control disorders, acting-out problems in children and adolescents, self-esteem issues and co-dependency. EMDR accelerates adaptive information processing and helps clients view once disturbing material in a less distressing and new way. It targets past experiences, current triggers, and future potential challenges, resulting in the alleviation of presenting symptoms, and a decrease or elimination of distress from the disturbing memory. EMDR improves the view of the self, provides relief from bodily disturbance, and allows resolution of present and future anticipated triggers.

EMDR is one of the most researched and validated methods for treating trauma. It is evidenced based and a well documented, integrative therapy that utilizes elements of many effective psychotherapies, including psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, interpersonal, experiential, and body-centered therapy. It was developed in the late 1980’s as an effective treatment for PTSD. It is recognized as an effective treatment by: The American Psychiatric Association (APA), The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA0), and the Department of Defense (DOD).

For further information on EMDR therapy, click on EMDR therapy in the menu to the left.

I also have advanced training in DBT (dialectic behavior therapy) provided by Lineman Institute-Behavioral Tech and CISM (Critical Incident Stress Management).

DBT and CISM are further explained under counseling services, which you can access by clicking on Counseling Services in the menu to the left.

I have advanced study in the following areas:
Individual and Group Crisis Intervention, Adolescent Issues including substance abuse, Anxiety Disorders, Bipolar Affective Disorder, Depression, SuicideGrief/Loss, Coaching, Self-Injurious Behaviors, Sexual Abuse, Stress Management, Trauma/PTSP, Child Abuse-Darkness to Light training, Eating Disorders, Internet Issues, Sexual Addiction, and Anger Management.

  • Coaching
  • Self-Injurious Behaviors
  • Sexual addiction including Pornography
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Stress Management
  • Trauma and Abuse/PTSP/Disaster Counseling
  • Red Cross Disaster Mental Health specialist
  • Yoga (RYT 200 Instructor, advanced energy training)
  • Darkness to Light training