Nanon Perdaems-Vigen, M.S., LIMHP, EMDR Therapist
I began my counseling career as an Addictions counselor. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Studies from the University of South Dakota. My motivation for this field was the development of addiction by a very close family member. Addiction eventually claimed her life. While doing that work I was hearing from my clients their stories of abuse. For many of them this was the first time they had shared this information. They had held this trauma and grief within themselves, often for years, which is why I later began studying EMDR-focused therapy. I knew I had to continue on and get my Master’s so I could address all the complexities of mental health, addiction, dual diagnosis and trauma. I graduated with my Masters in Counseling from South Dakota State University. Since then I have worked in an Adolescent Day Program as a site supervisor, and in two local non-profit organizations. I was Clinical Supervisor for an Outpatient Addiction Program. I then joined Envision Counseling in 2011.
I have been passionate about recognizing and treating trauma from my early days as an Addiction Counselor. I first had training for EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) in 2006 and am a Certified EMDR Therapist. I use EMDR therapy extensively because it is so effective. I also use CBT and other treatment approaches as is appropriate for the client. Some of the primary issues I treat are trauma, PTSD, Complex PTSD, dissociation, substance abuse issues, depression, anxiety and self-esteem.
I have a keen interest in Narcissistic Personality Disorder and am passionate about helping people recognize, understand and recover from Narcissistic Abuse.
I take a holistic approach to therapy considering the biological components that influence mental health and substance abuse issues. I have a compassion and understanding for those suffering from chronic illness and health issues. I believe in the individuals innate capacity to heal and to tend toward wellness emotionally, mentally, and physically.