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

Raina Burlak is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, EMDRIA Certified and Nationally Certified Counselor and Navy veteran.  After exiting active duty, she completed five degrees including and graduate degree in clinical mental health counseling.

While in Lee county, she has worked both in inpatient and outpatient settings working with runaway and homeless youth and dually diagnosed people. She has experience working with veterans, adults, youths, couples and families treating Post Traumatic Stress (C-PTSD/PTS), trafficking, victims of crimes, domestic violence, sleep disorders, self-harm/injury, anger, rage, suicidal thoughts, sleep disturbance, nightmares, poly-substance abuse, OCD, phobias, depression/anxiety, relationship issues, learning disabilities, attachment/separation disorders, eating disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders and ADHD. Raina has advanced training in mindfulness, military sexual trauma, shame and suicidality in veterans, dissociative disorders and administering advanced testing measures. Her practice hinges on a strength based and culturally competent approach acknowledging that all people have within them the tools to heal.

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 ( DOI: 10.1002/jclp.20510

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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.