Trauma-Oriented Therapy

Trauma-Oriented Therapy

“You can’t see the glory of life if you haven’t seen the dark side of life.” van der Kolk

Trauma is an inextricable part of life. Ranging from mild disruptions and everyday incidents (surgeries, accidents) to major traumatic occurrences (abuse, neglect) and grand scale disasters/crisis (COVID-19, wars, earthquakes), trauma is an archetypical, inescapable reality of human existence. Trauma is a mind-body experience and pertains to the experience of rupture in one’s protective shell, which results in feeling alone and helpless.

However, if trauma is approached gradually, mindfully and holistically, it can transform into a life-changing opportunity to foster resilience and promote individuals’ potential to thrive.

“The natural healing force within each of us is the greatest force in getting well.” Hippocrates

The NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM)

The NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM) is a somatically-based approach for dealing with developmental, attachment and shock trauma, which uses mindfulness, anchored in the present moment, to augment our ability to connect, regulate and expand.

Focusing on a neurophysiological and psychological level, I will encourage and nurture your process of reconnecting with the parts of yourself that are functional, organized and coherent. Attuning to your body on a deep, cellular level is the gateway to expand your awareness and spirituality and lead a meaningful life.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

“Healing doesn’t mean the damage never existed. It means the damage no longer controls your life.” Unknown

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an empirically validated psychotherapeutic approach, founded by Francine Shapiro (1987), to treat the physical, emotional and neurophysiological residuals of psychological trauma. Currently, EMDR addresses a wide variety of psychological problems, stress-induced physical disorders and medically unexplained symptoms.

By using dual attention stimuli in the form of bilateral eye movements, taps, or tones, EMDR rapidly processes the fragmented memories of adverse experiences. Framed by the safety of our therapeutic relationship, its goal is the conversion of the dysfunctional imprint of traumatic experiences into a functional pattern of assimilation and integration.


* Physical presence is required for these types of sessions. They are not available online.