Dawn Rechkemmer, LMHC

Meet Dawn Rechkemmer, LMHC

Dawn is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She has helped hundreds of clients with anxiety, depression, trauma and PTSD. 

Dawn’s areas of specialty include working with individuals who have suffered a trauma. In addition to using cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), she gives practical feedback, providing actionable advice, helping her clients acquire effective coping strategies.

Issues I Can Help You With

My Therapy Style

My passion is to assist those who struggle with traumatic experiences and feel stuck in the past.

As a former paramedic, I offer a culturally competent, “boots on the ground” approach to therapy. I help my clients work to resolve the past and build tools to have more secure attachments. This is especially important for first responders and law enforcement who have had to learn how to detach from relationships to cope with the difficult experiences they face in their careers.

I use a variety of therapeutic approaches such as cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) and cognitive processing therapy (CPT).

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR is designed to help clients resolve unprocessed traumatic memories in the brain. It encourages the client to briefly focus on the trauma memory while simultaneously experiencing bilateral stimulation (typically eye movements), which is associated with a reduction in the vividness and emotion associated with the trauma memories.

Throughout my practice, I have seen EMDR therapy help the brain process these memories and allow normal healing to resume. The experience is still remembered, but the fight, flight, or freeze response from the original event is resolved.