As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Ms. Kuhar specializes in addiction, cognitive behavioral therapy and family systems therapy. She is currently serving as private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients in a private practice located in Newport Beach, California.
At present, she also is contracted with Orange County Behavioral Health Rehabilitation facilities as well as an employed psychotherapist at Mission Hospital, Laguna Beach, California. Specialties inculde clinical psychotherapy for individuals and families dealing with Compulsive Disorders (OCD), Anxiety Disorders, Traumatic Recall, as well as Addiction related disorders. Ms. Kuhar is also trained by the EMDR Institute for the practice of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, or EMDR, which is a powerful psychotherapy technique which has been very successful in helping people who suffer from trauma, anxiety, panic, disturbing memories, post traumatic stress and many other emotional problems. Until recently, these conditions were difficult and time-consuming to treat. EMDR is considered a breakthrough therapy because of its simplicity and the fact that it can bring quick and lasting relief for most types of emotional distress. EMDR is the most effective and rapid method for healing PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) as shown by extensive scientific research studies.The EMDR therapy uses bilateral stimulation, right/left eye movement, or tactile stimulation, which repeatly activates the opposite sides of the brain, releasing emotional experiences that are "trapped" in the nervous system. This assists the neurophysiological system, the basis of the mind/body connection, to free itself of blockages and reconnect itself.
"In working with clients in psychotherapy, I find it useful to begin by identifying what is working right in their lives as well as areas of life that have been particularly challenging. We might examine patterns of concern. We also look at what’s not working; relationships, symptoms of depression, anxiety, obsessive thinking, compulsive - addictive behavior, and emotional regulation. All of these feelings and concerns serve as clues to help us identify and address hidden and unexpressed emotions and experiences that may be getting in the way. From there, together we may develop strategies to do more of what’s working and less of what’s not. It has been my experience that clients typically know how to solve their own problems once they’ve been able to remove their emotional defenses and barriers.
It's a "master remind" in some cases. For others, therapy is to assist in further developing insight into making healthy choices and healthy relationships with self and others.
I look forward to our work together" - Tracy.