Dr. Watts specializes in treating anxiety, trauma, mood disorders and relationship conflicts.
She is committed to helping clients gain skills and insight to cope with life stressors and symptoms of disorders such as depression, obsessive thinking and post-traumatic stress. When working with couples, she helps them recognize destructive patterns and provides strategies to interact in ways that are more authentic and that nurture their relationship.
Dr. Watts tailors her therapeutic approach to meet the particular treatment needs of her clients using the most effective treatment based on research evidence. For example, she uses cognitive-behavioral therapy to modify troublesome patterns of thinking and mindfulness techniques to increase awareness. She adopts an insight-oriented approach to help clients recognize limits they place on themselves as a result of their history and then guides them to forge new patterns of behavior.
In 2018, Dr. Watts completed training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). EMDR is recognized as a best practice in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. EMDR links successful elements from a variety of therapeutic approaches. The use of imagery, focusing on bodily sensations and feelings, and views about the self are combined with therapist-guided eye movements. The eye movements serve to unlock the brain's ability to reprocess experiences in an adaptive way--similar to what happens during REM sleep. EMDR therapy harnesses the brain information processing system to move from blockage to healing. EMDR often works more quickly than traditional talk therapy.
Dr. Watts has offices in Marathon and Key Largo. She has been practicing in the Keys since 2005.