Making the decision to engage in psychotherapy is an important step in healing from traumatic life events that leave emotional wounds long into adulthood. I work with individuals who want to address the impact of traumatic stress from early childhood experiences of relational, emotional, physical and sexual abuse as well as domestic violence, sexual assault and other traumatic events that occur in adolescence and adulthood. This includes addressing the symptoms of depression, anxiety and post traumatic stress disorder. My approach to working with individuals suffering from traumatic stress comes from an understanding that trauma is stored in the body. Often traditional talk therapy is ineffective until one learns how to calm the body’s heightened state of anxiety and therefore allowing the mind to focus on healing rather than survival.
Almost 80% of individuals who struggle with substance abuse have also experienced trauma. Substance abuse is often an effective but maladaptive strategy to cope with the emotional and physical stress responses that linger long after the traumatic experience is over. When the decision is made to stop abusing substances, these trauma symptoms return and increase the risk of relapse. I assist clients to understand the impact that trauma has on their current functioning, to discover the connection between their substance use and their trauma symptoms, and to develop new strategies for recovery that start with the body.
My therapeutic approach is psychodynamic and based in attachment theory. I am trained in EMDR and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR): An evidenced based intervention that can reduce the emotionality connected to specific memories of trauma and other disturbing events in one’s life. Combined with ongoing psychotherapy, it can move the healing process forward when talk therapy is not enough. I am trained in Attachment Focused EMDR , completing an EMDRIA Approved Basic Training through the Parnell Institute.
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Experiences of trauma are often not remembered as normal memories, but stored in the body. In my work I use sensorimotor techniques to help individuals heal from trauma by learning to use their body as a resource. I completed Level 1 and Advanced Trauma Training with the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute .