About Me

We use our minds to make sense of the world. We reflect on what is happening around us and make choices as to how we react, based on what we’ve seen. Generally we perform this process with great success. As adults we feel as though we generally are in control of the trajectory of our lives, we feel safe, and have choices about what, when, and how we do things. Thinking patterns that fail to produce the results we want confuse, and disturb.

I am fully certified in EMDR by the EMDR International Association. EMDR therapy is recognized as an effective form of trauma treatment in numerous practice guidelines worldwide. In the US, this includes organizations such as the American Psychiatric Association and Department of Defense. .

All humans are understood to have an Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) system. This can be compared to other body systems, such as the digestive system in which the body extracts nutrients for health and survival. The conception information processing underlies the mental health professions and brings many people to counselors for help in adaptively reprocessing old information. Paul Velen MS, LMFT Couple Counselor Riverside CA provides a safe place for clients as they assess their environment and adjust to its demands. I will help you explore your situation, and I will apply my training and experience to assist you.

Couple getting professional counseling

I offer counseling in Riverside CA to individuals (children, older adolescents and adults), and couples.

*Parking and treatment are wheelchair accessible.