Untangling Trauma: Attachment, Body and Mind
Trauma comes in many forms. Sometimes it can be a shock trauma like a car accident. Sometimes it can be a developmental trauma from difficult relationships from childhood. I have spent my professional career helping people with trauma understand how trauma affects their lives and develop tools and skills to manage that trauma.
Untangling trauma is not easy. Trauma not only affects the mind but also affects the body. Our automatic nervous system is very powerful. It allows us to feel positive things like intimacy and safety but it has also developed mechanisms to protect us from danger. These mechanisms include the sympathetic nervous system, which controls our “fight or flight” response, and the parasympathetic nervous system, which causes us to shut down and conserve energy. Trauma, either from a single event or a pattern of abuse causes these systems to malfunction, which can lead to somatic symptoms that can profoundly affect a person's life.
Somatic Experiencing Practitioner & Trauma Psychotherapist
My passion is bringing healing to people who have been through a traumatic/stressful experience. I am a licensed psychotherapist and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. I help my clients to find healthy perceptions of themselves and strengthen their relationships so they can know themselves as peaceful, complete, whole, and safe.
I know that no single approach is the right one for every individual, and so I have been trained in a range of modalities including Somatic Experiencing (SE), Dynamic Attachment Re-patterning (DARe), Touch Skills Training (TST), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), as well as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
Somatic Experiencing (SE™)
Somatic Experiencing (SE™) is a body-oriented therapeutic model for healing trauma and other stress disorders. It is based on a multidisciplinary intersection of physiology, psychology, ethology, biology, neuroscience, indigenous healing practices, and medical biophysics and has been clinically applied for more than four decades. It is the life’s work of Dr. Peter A. Levine.The Somatic Experiencing approach facilitates the completion of self-protective motor responses and the release of thwarted survival energy bound in the body, thus addressing the root cause of trauma symptoms. This is approached by gently guiding clients to develop increasing tolerance for difficult bodily sensations and suppressed emotions.
DARe (Dynamic Attachment Re-patterning)
DARe is a treatment modality built on extensive research about attachment styles and how a better understanding of those attachment styles can unlock the human's natural ability to self-heal. Our brains store memories of early experiences, creating patterns that deeply affect our relationships and our behaviors in adult life. The DARe treatment modality helps us discover the source of those patterns and to apply the right understanding to unwind them, thus releasing new energy to heal trauma.