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Some traumatic experiences are easy for people to identify as ‘trauma,’ such as military combat or witnessing a death. Other traumatic experiences may not be as easily identified as trauma but can be just as damaging. Some of these traumas might include, but are not limited to bullying, neglect, prolonged rejection at home or by peers, unhealthy family dynamics, sports injuries, car accidents, illness, loss of home or financial security, humiliation, parental rage or substance abuse, emotional abuse and infidelity.


Past traumas, both big and small, are at the root of most anxiety, depression and other negative symptoms they are experiencing. Fortunately, the brain has a profound capacity to heal. By developing an awareness of how the trauma has impacted them, I am able to help my clients identify, process and release much of the negative thoughts, feelings and body sensations associated with the trauma through a process called Brainspotting.


When a person experiences a trauma, the brain becomes overwhelmed and is unable to process parts of the trauma. The trauma, as well as thoughts, emotions, memories, and body sensations associated with the trauma, get lodged in the emotional part of the brain. By utilizing Brainspotting, a therapy developed from Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), traumatic memories are accessed, processed and released. This means that the overwhelming emotions, body sensations and triggers caused by the trauma are dramatically reduced, thereby reducing the impact of the trauma’s on one’s life. I enjoy working with clients who’ve experienced trauma because it’s rewarding to see the positive impact that just a few therapy sessions can have on a person’s life.


Brainspotting can also be used to clear performance and creative blocks. I work with athletes, artists, performers, entrepreneurs and other individuals to help them release blocks that are holding them back from achieving their highest potential.


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