RECOVERY FROM TRAUMA
A major focus of my practice has been to understand the impact of traumatic events on people's lives and to help them heal. My understanding of recovery involves more than learning how to function again after a trauma, but also extends to regaining the capacity to be present, feel safe, and learn to better understand and regulate your responses to perceived danger in the present.
I have worked extensively with victims of recent and past incidents of violent crime and sexual abuse, and I know that tremendous progress can be achieved. In addition to my work with individuals, I developed an award-winning program called Healing Together for couples who want be more intimate and support one another as they recover from her past or recent sexual assault. Men, women and couples are welcome to participate individually with me, or together.
Treatment may include EMDR, a powerful, short-term trauma therapy recommended "Category A" by Homeland Security and the Veteran's Administration for treatment of PTSD. After EMDR processing, clients generally report that the emotional distress related to the memory has been eliminated, or greatly decreased, and that they have gained important cognitive insights. Importantly, these emotional and cognitive changes usually result in spontaneous behavioral and personal change, which are further enhanced with standard EMDR procedures.