The effects of trauma can take many forms. If you are having trouble concentrating, sleeping, relating with others, or just getting through your days because of difficult memories or symptoms, I can help.
There are different types of trauma. People in the mental health field call them “Big T” and “little t.” Big T traumas are things like catastrophic events, abuse, and surviving or witnessing life-threatening situations. Little t traumas are things like really difficult breakups, unhealthy relationship patterns, bullying, infidelity, and even chronic stress. Both types of trauma are real, and have real impacts on our lives, outlook, and functioning.
I have had specialized training related to resolving trauma, and helping people regain feelings of peace and balance in their lives. I am an EMDRIA Certified EMDR Therapist and a Certified Safe & Sound Protocol Provider (and Remote Provider), and have had additional training related to trauma-specific somatic and cognitive-behavioral interventions.
My approach to trauma is as personal and individual as your experiences. There are some common factors that I am always considering, like the impact of trauma on your nervous system, how trauma symptoms show up in your life, and how you have adapted to survive to this point in time.
Some people are hesitant about seeking therapy for their trauma experiences because they are worried about talking about them, or remembering things they don’t want to remember. The great news is that it is not necessary to speak or relive every detail of your experiences in order to find hope and relief. You get to decide what you share, how much you share, and how quickly you share your story.
EMDR is a specific type of trauma therapy. EMDR stands for Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. EMDR is based on decades of research that has studied how our brains process information and store memories. EMDR is a structured process that helps you move through traumatic experiences by adapting and creating new neuropathways in your brain. EMDR is effective for both “Big T” and “little t” trauma. EMDR can also be helpful for things like anxiety, depression, and phobias. It is a powerful and life-changing approach for many people. To learn more about the specifics of EMDR visit EMDRIA, check out my blog post on EMDR, or reach out to me today.
EMDR sessions are either 50 or 90 minutes in length, and are billed at the standard therapy rates.
Because EMDR is such a unique and structured process, some clients seek EMDR with one therapist, and see another for “talk therapy.” I welcome clients who are seeking only EMDR, as well as clients who would like to utilize EMDR while also focusing on building other skills, or working on other goals with me.
Safe & Sound Protocol (SSP)
Based on Dr. Steven Porges’ Polyvagal Theory, the Safe & Sound Protocol is a powerful five hour program that works to calm and retrain the nervous system. During the SSP, clients listen to specially designed tones (music) using headphones.
How would listening to music help anything?! Listening is connected to the vagus nerve, the body’s internal control center for processing and responding to cues and signals of safety and danger from the world around us. The SSP uses specifically filtered music to train the neural network associated with listening so safe and calm states become more accessible.
The SSP is a research-based therapy, and is showing significant results in helping clients with:
- Social and emotional difficulties;
- Auditory/sensory processing sensitivities;
- Anxiety and trauma related challenges;
- Stressors that impact social engagement.
Feel more safe, calm, grounded, and resilient.
Feel less irritable, anxious, and overwhelmed.
Think more clearly, attentively, and creatively.
Think less rigidly, disorganized, and distractible.
Connect more openly, genuinely, and wholly. Connect less guardedly, distantly, and oppositionally.
The Safe & Sound Protocol is typically completed in-session with the therapist present, though occasionally some listening can be completed individually by clients outside of session.
Sessions are generally scheduled for 50 minutes and typically include 15-30 minutes of listening time. They are billed at the standard therapy rates. There is a nominal investment in accessing the SSP listening system and related app (compatible with Android and iOS devices), which is in addition to standard therapy fees.
Like EMDR, the SSP is a unique and structured process. I welcome clients who are working with other therapists, and would like to see me specifically for the Safe & Sound Protocol.