Raina Burlak

Raina Burlak

Raina Burlak

Licensed Mental Health Counselor
 MS, LMHC, NCC, MH 14350
Nationally Certified Counselor
Fully Trained EMDR Provider
(941) 564-5937
 United States Navy Veteran


I am Licensed Mental Health Counselor, veteran and Nationally Certified Counselor. I am also a fully trained EMDR practitioner. After exiting active duty, I completed an associate’s degree in Network Engineering and Database Administration and became certified by Microsoft. While serving as an active reservist I completed a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. Since then I have completed another bachelor’s degree in Applied Psychology and graduate work in clinical mental health counseling.

In Lee County, I have served at Lutheran Services Florida’s youth shelter counseling throw away, runaway and homeless youth. I have experience working with veterans, adults, youths, couples and families treating Post Traumatic Stress (C-PTSD/PTS), domestic violence, sleep disorders, self-harm/injury, anger, rage, suicidal thoughts, sleep disturbance, nightmares, substance abuse, depression/anxiety, relationship issues, learning disabilities, attachment/separation disorders, eating disorders, and Autism Spectrum Disorders and ADHD).

Principals of practice hinge upon a strengths based holistic model with deep respect for spiritual and cultural values. Modalities of practice include Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Choice Theory and mindfulness based therapies.

Professional affiliations include The American Counseling Association, Gulf Coast Mental Health Counselors, Lee County Alliance for the Arts, American Legion Post 397 and Hodges University Alumni Association.

Did you know?

  • “Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing may confer certain advantages over exposure therapies because it does not demand that the veteran verbalize details of the event nor does it include systematic homework…
  • In addition, as indicated in studies of combat veterans (Ironson, Freund, Strauss, & Williams, 2002), self-reported distress generally decreases during the first session of EMDR, whereas it may increase during prolonged exposure therapy…
  • These treatment differences may be reflected in drop-out rates of 42% for exposure (Schnurr et al., 2007) and 34% for CPT (Schnurr et al., 2003) for combat patients. Both studies reached an approximately 40% remission of PTSD diagnosis…
  • In contrast, 12 sessions of EMDR with combat veterans resulted in a 77% remission of PTSD with no dropouts (Carlson, Chemtob, Rusnak, Hedlund, & Muraoka, 1998). Positive effects were reported on multiple measures at posttest, and effects were maintained at 3- and 9-month follow-up.”   as published in:

JOURNAL OF CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY: IN SESSION, Vol. 64(8), 947–957 (2008) & 2008 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Published online in Wiley InterScience (www.interscience.wiley.com). DOI: 10.1002/jclp.20510

For additional information about Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) services please call me or visit my website at: www.rainaburlak.com/index.php/services/emdr-services

Watch this youtube video explaining how EMDR helps you Use Your Natural Healing Process to Resolve Nightmares

  • Do you believe that it is possible for each person to heal from emotional and physical wounds?
  • What is trauma?
  • Why do speak of healing trauma only in terms of physical wounds?
  • Isn’t the body is engineered to heal from physical wounds?
  • What if it is possible to heal from emotional wounds as well?

I know that you are capable of healing and am prepared to encourage you and facilitate this process. Each of us knows the best we have imagined for ourselves and, through healing techniques and relationship based in curiosity, grace, compassion and skill, the best is possible.