Trauma is anything we do not have the ability to process. It looks different for different people. Some are unable to move forward in certain areas of their life, or they have limiting self beliefs they may not understand. Many people who have encountered trauma experience an increase in chronic stress, anxiety, depression, frightening thoughts, painful feelings, fear, helplessness, withdrawal or detachment, lack of concentration, irritability, hyper-vigilance, disturbing dreams, flashbacks and distressing memories.

I utilize an integrative approach to treating trauma. Together, we develop tools you can use on a daily basis to function in your life with greater ease. We work to calm your system down. I use EMDR and TRM to allow your brain and body to process what is stuck, activating the brain’s ability to move towards mental health.

These approaches are proven to be an effective, safe way to move out of the trauma and onward with your life.

EMDR Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy

EMDR is a highly effective modality for treating trauma and post traumatic stress. EMDR allows the brain to naturally process an event allowing a return to a state of mental health. It can also be used in conjunction with regular therapy to treat life events, limiting or negative belief systems, or alone to treat critical incidents, such as car accidents or a natural disaster.  EMDR can be helpful during times of grief, anxiety, life transitions and more.  If you are someone who has experienced events in your life that you have been unable to move past, EMDR can help.

EMDR has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. More in-depth information is available from EMDRIA.

Trauma Resiliency Model This work informs most of my therapy. The goal of the work is to begin to notice the shift our body takes when we are experiencing stress, fear and anxiety and even joy. It is designed to help individuals understand the biology of traumatic stress reactions and learn specific skills to return the body, mind and spirit back to balance after experiencing traumatic events.

TRM is client-centered, meaning you decide how fast or slow to go. You decide if it’s better for you to be further from your body sensation, or if it feels good to sit with your sensations and notice if they are able to shift from unpleasant to pleasant or neutral. Allowing ourselves to tolerate sensation and move through it can radically change how we are in the world. For more information visit https://www.traumaresourceinstitute.com/home/