Dr. Dockstader-Ortiz has provided individual, couples, and family therapy while working with adults and children of diverse backgrounds in a variety of treatment settings. She has extensive experience working with mood and anxiety disorders, behavioral disorders, childhood disorders such as ADHD, oppositional defiance, and impulse control. Dr. Dockstader-Ortiz utilizes a systemic approach when working with children and their families while providing effective parenting strategies to optimize results. She has worked extensively with couples and utilizes the Gottman method developed to assist couples with improving communication, conflict resolution, and enhancing intimacy with their partner.
Specific areas of clinical practice include grief and loss and trauma-focused counseling related to post traumatic stress. Traumas can result from a wide variety of life events such as loss of a loved one, car accidents, natural disasters, abuse (physical/sexual/psychological), and/or service related experiences (military and first responders). Past trauma can often cause depression and anxiety, strained interpersonal relationships, occupational and academic obstacles, and interfere with achieving one’s life goals.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), and Prolonged exposure (PE) are all empirically researched and effective approaches with which to lessen the symptoms felt by trauma survivors. Using eclectic therapy approaches, Dr. Dockstader-Ortiz focuses on collaborating with each individual to assist them in achieving their desired treatment goals. While offering guidance and encouragement clients can learn to make connections between their past trauma, current stressors and triggers, and employ new and more adaptive ways in which to cope.
Dr. Dockstader-Ortiz has received the “Serving Our Veterans Behavioral Health Certificate," through the department of defense, to better serve military veterans and their families. Dr. Dockstader-Ortiz is EMDR trained and is completing her certification with the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA).