"Daring greatly means the courage to be vulnerable. It means to show up and be seen. To ask for what you need. To talk about how you're feeling. To have the hard conversations." ~Brene Brown
If you are on this page I imagine that you or someone you love has gone through something incredibly painful. I am truly sorry! Experiencing trauma can feel like the breathe has been knocked out of you, and like your world has been turned upside down.
My main goal in working with trauma is to create a safe place so that you can be present to the pain of your heart. I will help you to process your story, while teaching you coping strategies, so that you may regulate your emotions in the face of your trauma. I am trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and believe it is one of the best modalities in helping to heal trauma.
Pregnancy and infant loss
The loss of a pregnancy or the loss of your new little baby may be devastating. Perhaps your heart feels crushed and you may be experiencing a pain that you never knew existed. You might still be in shock. You might be angry and confused, not knowing what to do or where to turn. I want you to know you can be supported in your process.
During therapy we will work together to honor that which has been lost. We will process the deep grief and hard feelings you and/or you and your partner are experiencing. EMDR can be utilized during the therapeutic process to help heal from the painful event. If desired we will create a ceremony/ritual to acknowledge the loss of your baby.
If you or your loved one has experienced sexual abuse and are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, getting support to heal from the trauma and prepare for the birth is essential.
In therapy we will work together to heal the wounds of the past. I will help you to learn coping strategies to manage fear, worry, triggers and anxiety during childbirth. We will work together with your partner to prepare you and your team for your birth. Feeling safe, nurtured, and advocated for can make all the difference in the world.
Have you or someone you love experienced events during pregnancy, childbirth and/or immediately after birth that have felt incredibly painful and scary? This is referred to as Birth Trauma. Birth Trauma can relate to an event wherein you feared for your life or the life of your baby. It can also be triggered by such factors as loss of control, loss of dignity, feelings of not being heard, the hostile or difficult attitudes of the people in the birthing room, absent of informed consent to medical procedures or previous trauma. Examples of situations for example, sexual abuse in childhood, trauma with a previous birth, or domestic violence.
Birth Trauma impacts the brain the same way that another trauma might. It is important to reach out for support as soon as you can. In therapy we will work together using EMDR, Somatic Experiencing, and mindfulness techniques to help heal the trauma and get you feeling more grounded, connected and joyful once again.
"Seeking professional counseling is, perhaps, one of the most powerful assets pregnant survivors can use to help gain insight into their past and prepare for their birth."
Areas Of Focus
*Pregnancy and infant loss
*Supporting survivors giving birth