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About your care

The Trauma-informed approach is the foundation of my practice.  Instead of asking, “What is broken,” a trauma-informed approach asks, “What happened to you, what continues to cause you problems?” 

I believe the majority of mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and dysfunctional-relationships are rooted in past traumatic experiences.  Accordingly, we explore the roots, the experiences, the traumas, and the attachment-styles which affect our relationships.  I use a variety of techniques to access the “feeling” part in the limbic-area of the brain, the amygdala, which holds the emotional content of our memories. 

Also, I approach trauma in a somatic way. In such that we  identify where trauma resides in the body.  To understand the effects of trauma, you have to understand that trauma, or the energy produced from traumatic experiences becomes trapped in the body, causing high levels of activation in the sympathetic or para-sympathetic nervous system.

For individuals who have spent years in therapy using traditional narrative therapy to “talk through” trauma and still suffer with the same symptoms, this can be extremely frustrating and perplexing, which is completely understandable.   

We all want results and healing from emotional pain resulting from trauma or attachment experiences.  Part of the problem is that talking alone does not always get to the trapped energy from trauma in the body.  I believe body work is an essential element to resolving deep-seated trauma issues.