Throughout your life, you are weaving a tapestry that reflects your emotional journey—where you’ve been, how you’ve changed, and what you’ve learned, lost, and acquired all along the way. The threads you are weaving are the threads of feelings, the threads of your identity, and the threads of your relationships. In this tapestry, different parts of your life are represented by varying textures, colors, and patterns. Some woven sections are smooth, others are coarse. There are vibrant colors and muted tones. Some sections are crisp or solid, and in others there is a blending of colors or textures. Some blendings are messy or clashing, and some are more harmonious.
When crisis hits, the tapestry that you’ve been weaving abruptly changes. The threads become rough and unwieldy, and you’re not sure what to do with them. They are still the threads of feelings, the threads of your identity, the threads of your relationships, but they are no longer the ones you are familiar with, no longer the ones you have become comfortable weaving. Instead, they have become more complex, more intense, more painful, and more challenging to work with.
You feel unprepared. You can no longer weave the pattern you’d planned. Your tapestry is not what you thought it would be. Instead, you must improvise.
Tentatively, you begin to weave those unfamiliar strands. At first your weaving seems messy and discordant, but as you become more adept and at ease, you begin to appreciate the surprising and creative aspects of your weaving. What you thought was messy, ugly, or clashing can become quite special, meaningful because it is hard-earned. You’ve adjusted in ways you never dreamed of. When you step back, you can see how this weaving fits into the bigger tapestry you have been creating your whole life. In fact, your tapestry has become richer, more interesting, and more beautiful. And so have you.
Excerpted from: Davis and Stein, Parenting Your Premature Baby and Child: The Emotional Journey, Fulcrum, 2004.
Sometimes, trauma creates knots in your life fabric. Life continues, but when those knots are tugged, the symptoms of trauma will flare. We will work together to understand your trauma history and devise a plan to untangle those knots. First we establish a stable foundation from which to do the work. There are a number of ways to address trauma and I operate from an integrative perspective, always drawing from the most current neurobiological research and tailoring the plan to your unique needs. My primary trauma treatment framework is Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), a comprehensive treatment and one of the most effective ways to untangle and reweave those knotted threads. This treatment incorporates elements of mindfulness, breath and body focused treatments, and is based in the most current research on the neurobiology of trauma.
While I treat all sorts of trauma, I specialize in the treatment of trauma occurring around pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period. This includes infertility, miscarriage, stillbirth, complicated pregnancy, preterm complications, preterm birth, trauma in labor and delivery itself, NICU experience, and the experience of coming home and raising a medically and/or developmentally complex child.
Trauma Training & Certification
- EMDRIA Certified EMDR Therapist
- EMDRIA Approved Consultant
- Faculty EMDR Consultant & Trainer with The Institute for Creative Mindfulness
- Level 1 trained in hypnotherapy from the American Association of Clinical Hypnosis.
- Ego-State Therapy
- Certified in Perinatal Mental Health
What is EMDR?
From the EMDR International Association: “Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches. To date, EMDR therapy has helped millions of people of all ages relieve many types of psychological stress.”
Click here for a Brief Description of EMDR Therapy.
From The American Society for Clinical Hypnosis: “Clinical hypnosis is an altered state of awareness, perception or consciousness that is used, by licensed and trained doctors or masters prepared individuals, for treating a psychological or physical problem. It is a highly relaxed state.Hypnosis is a state of inner absorption, concentration and focused attention. It is like using a magnifying glass to focus the rays of the sun and make them more powerful. Similarly, when our minds are concentrated and focused, we are able to use our minds more powerfully. Because hypnosis allows people to use more of their potential, learning self-hypnosis is the ultimate act of self-control.
While there is general agreement that certain effects of hypnosis exist, there are differences of opinion within the research and clinical communities about how hypnosis works. Some researchers believe that hypnosis can be used by individuals to the degree they possess a hypnotic trait, much as they have traits associated with height, body size, hair color, etc. Other professionals who study and use hypnosis believe there are strong cognitive and interpersonal components that affect an individual’s response to hypnotic environments and suggestions.
Recent research supports the view that hypnotic communication and suggestions effectively changes aspects of the persons physiological and neurological functions.”