Trauma-Informed Therapy

Trauma-Informed Therapy activates healing in the mind, body and spirit.

Daily life can be confusing and overwhelming for people who have experienced trauma.  Trauma survivors often have symptoms instead of memories and feel flooded when ordinary circumstances trigger thoughts, emotions and sensations associated with the traumatic event—as if it were still happening.  Trauma survivors can feel disoriented and discouraged because they often function well in some areas of their lives but feel incapacitated in others.  Trauma-Informed therapy draws upon your strengths and restores your innate capacity for healing.

As a Trauma-Informed therapist I integrate a variety of modalities to address the impact of trauma and attachment injuries on your mind, body and spirit.  We begin by discussing your history and current triggers.  Based on your needs we come up with a plan that may include Internal Family Systems, Parts Work, EMDR and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy.

Internal Family Systems

Internal Family Systems (IFS) is an empowering, transformative psychotherapy that helps people tap into their innate potential for wholeness and wellbeing.  In IFS we believe the mind is naturally multiple, consisting of many parts that carry out important roles.  The IFS model also shows us that our core Self intuitively knows what we need to heal and feel whole.

In IFS all parts are welcome.  We make contact with parts that may be in conflict with one another or with our ability to be calm, centered or present.  IFS is a powerful and gentle mind-body therapy that helps people gain deep insight into and appreciation for their parts, repairing attachment wounds and resolving trauma.  People are often amazed and moved by the self-compassion and self-love that comes from doing this work.


EMDR & Flash Technique

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is highly effective for resolving specific traumatic memories.  It is an evidence-based treatment for major traumas and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  Flash Technique allows people to reprocess especially disturbing memories with minimal distress.  I use Flash Technique on its own or in conjunction with EMDR when memories are too painful or overwhelming.

How EMDR therapy works

EMDR is a phase-oriented treatment that begins with discussing your history and current triggers.  Based on your needs we spend some time on preparation.  The preparation phase includes Psychoeducation and Resourcing and sometimes Parts Work or IFS.  This can take several or many sessions, depending on what is needed.  We then make a list of memories you want to target with EMDR.

Once you are ready for EMDR we use bilateral stimulation (eye movements, vibrations, sounds or tapping) to reprocess disturbing memories.  EMDR facilitates adaptive information processing in the brain and changes the way disturbing memories are stored so that you can stop re-living distressing events and begin to enjoy a sense of safety and calm. 

…the goal of trauma treatment is finally to be ‘here’ and not ‘there.’
-Bessel van der Kolk


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