It can be difficult to recognize the effects of trauma, let alone know what to do with it. Together we can learn the dynamics of stress and nervous system activation in your mind and body. We can look at the chronic, ongoing experiences or explore specific events that shape and define your experience of the world.

The impact of trauma can cause your physical, mental and emotional response to be primed to react to innocuous triggers. This can lead to feeling overly stressed and anxious, which causes you to isolate and disconnect. Sometimes trauma alienates friends and family who are unsure how to respond when emotions seem out of proportion.

I work with people who have experienced trauma and want support to be empowered toward healing. I also work with those who believe they have caused harm to others and wrestle with shame and self-loathing.

I use elements of Interpersonal Neurobiology, Attachment Theory, Somatic Experiencing, narrative or expressive arts therapies and EMDR to understand and work through trauma. But, my basic philosophy about trauma work is:

  • You are worthy of healing.

  • You are capable of change.

  • You deserve a better life experience.

Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary. The people we trust with that important talk can help us know that we are not alone.
— Mister Rogers