Paula Lavocat, LCMHC, LCAS, NCC is a native of the Buffalo, New York area and relocated to the Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina area in 2001. A graduate of The Institute for Creative Mindfulness EMDR Therapy Training Program, Paula is an EMDRIA Certified EMDR Therapist, as well as a Consultant-in-Training and training facilitator working toward Approved Consultant status under the direction of Dr. Jamie Marich. She holds dual licensure in the State of North Carolina as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist. Paula is contracted with a large group private practice and serves as a Clinical Director and Clinician with a diverse caseload. Current clinical experience includes complex trauma/PTSD, attachment, addiction (chemical and behavioral), dual diagnosis, depression, anxiety, adult ADHD, perinatal trauma/maternal mental health, disordered eating, weight concerns, and bariatric surgery. As a former first responder, Paula is proficient with the needs of first responders (police, fire, EMS, 911 communications), as well as military/veterans. Past clinical experience included community mental health and court-ordered environments including substance abuse intensive outpatient and DWI treatment groups, individual outpatient therapy for mental health/substance use disorders, as well as intensive in-home services.