“Traumatic events are extraordinary, not because they occur rarely, but rather because they overwhelm the ordinary human adaptations to life.” –Judith Herman
Trauma is a part of life. Trauma is an extremely distressing event in which a person feels severely threatened emotionally, psychologically, or physically. Car accidents, abuse, neglect, death of a loved one, exposure to violence, natural disasters, sexual assault, and many other types of overwhelming experiences are traumatic. Trauma can feel like intense fear without solution. Often the support, guidance, and assistance of a well-trained mental health professional is fundamental to healing from trauma. With trauma, talk therapy is usually not enough. Trauma is mostly stored in the body, and, therefore, working with a professional who thoroughly understands treatment is paramount to successful recovery. I work with trauma through a body-based modality called Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. When appropriate, I also practice EMDR. The art therapy I employ in my practice is also shown to be highly effective in trauma recovery.
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: This approach is grounded in neuroscience and attachment research. This way of working views the body as central in the therapeutic field of awareness. Body-based interventions such as tracking, naming, and safely exploring somatic activation are crucial in restoring a regulated sense of self and safety within. This is a non-touch approach. I will provide psycho-education of how trauma is stored in the body and the steps we will take to process it.
EMDR: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a specific tool for reprocessing traumatic memory. Through a set of standardized protocols, this approach has a specific layout for treatment that involves bi-lateral stimulation.
Art Therapy: Please refer to the separate tab labeled transpersonal art therapy.