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Leigh Polin 

MSW, LCSW

As a therapist I bring creativity, curiosity and sincerity to all of my sessions.   

I have over 20 years of experience serving others.

I am an EMDR Certified Therapist trained by the EMDR Institute, accredited by EMDRIA. EMDR can help with an array of challenges including, PTSD, depression, and anxiety.

Additionally, I utilize complimentary modalities such as IFS, Polyvagal Theory, and Mindfulness. 

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ABOUT ME

Specialized Training

EMDR

EMDR Certified Therapist

Theories of Influence & Experience

Mindfulness: Mindfulness is a practice that can assist you in being able to ride the waves of life in a less reactive way. Mindfulness is really about awareness and awareness is what leads to change and growth.  Meditation is one way of enhancing mindfulness.

Jon Kabat-Zinn, the founder of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction defines mindfulness as “awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally, in the service of self-understanding and wisdom.”

Polyvagal Theory: Polyvagal theory is based on the work of Stephen Porges and Deb Dana. Polyvagal theory helps one learn how to befriend their nervous system instead of fearing it. Often, we can feel that our nervous system is in charge, that we are ruled by our reactive anxious or numb responses. Polyvagal theory gives one a deep understanding of their nervous system, aiding us in seeing that there are many things we can do to manage our reactivity, helping you to live with freedom instead of fear.

Internal Family Systems (IFS):IFS is a beautiful approach that honors all the various parts of us, and like EMDR it acknowledges that we all possess the resilience and strength needed to find our way toward healing. It is a “parts” approach, recognizing that some of those parts have been wounded along the way. IFS calls upon the power of self to aid in the healing of those wounds.

Education

MSW Rutgers University

Professional Affiliations

EMDR International Association (EMDRIA)

National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

The New Jersey Society for Clinical Social Work (NJSCSW)

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