Trauma affects us in a multitude of ways even if we don’t consciously remember that we have experienced it, and cannot recall the details of any specific traumatic event.
Significant trauma often leads to deep, long lasting impacts on our life. It can cause us to make poor, even abusive relationship choices, as well as lead us to sabotage our career and success in many areas of our life. It can lead to depression, anxiety, a feeling of unworthiness, nightmares, and a very critical voice of self-judgment.
Trauma can cause physical illnesses, alcohol and drug addiction, can lead one to engage in dangerous activities, avoidance of circumstances, mysterious triggering and reactionary upset, and significantly impair our ability to feel happiness or desire for living. Research has shown that trauma is an actual physical injury that rewires the brain and lodges in the body. It can be more difficult to heal than other physically caused injuries to the body.
The goal of trauma therapy is to heal ourselves so that we are not controlled by trauma without further imprinting it in the midbrain and body where it is held.
My expertise includes training with organizations and individuals who teach groundbreaking trauma therapies based on the most recent research and evidence including: The National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine (NICABM); the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute; Trauma, Resilience, and Addiction with Dr. Gabor Mate; Clinical and Somatic Interventions with Dr. Janina Fisher.
In my trauma work with clients, the initial consultation will include a conversation about the various factors and the extent of the experienced trauma, the recency and acuteness of the activated symptoms, the client’s current situation as to safety, as well as other treatments they are currently undergoing. Because my client’s well-being is always my top priority, I always carefully discern the best possible avenue for their treatment and healing.
The modalities that I use to support clients in their trauma healing include:
Please Note: Most of my session work can be facilitated via live video. In cases such as extensive, acute, and highly activated trauma, a referral to a licensed mental health specialist with trauma expertise will be made.
Through my 501(c) nonprofit Keeping All Women Safe, K.A.W.S., which I founded and currently direct, I am involved in extensive research in order to compose and submit new legislation that includes trauma in the criminal justice system. At this time, most states only consider trauma in determining damages in civil lawsuits. Given the last several years of trauma research that has revealed that trauma is a physical injury and for greater justice, the degree of trauma inflicted on a survivor should be included when assigning criminal charges and sentencing in criminal court proceedings. You may learn more about K.A.W.S. on the website here: www.keepingallwomensafe.com
Accessing the full power of your mind is like turning on the lights of a dark room, and finding that you hold unlimited possibilities. Much is revealed, you have clear direction and regain control, with valuable skills for a lifetime.