Traumatic events can include things from a person’s childhood such as abuse or an event from adulthood such as a violent encounter, a medical experience such as traumatic birth, or military combat.
What Does Trauma Treatment Look Like?
Having a safe and unbiased environment to be able to emotionally process the trauma is critical. Our trauma specialists make sure that a person feels safe, comfortable and in control before we even touch on traumatic experiences. There are a number of different ways to emotionally process traumatic events including cognitive and emotional reprocessing and EMDR.
EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It is a structured treatment method that employs specific physical movements to reprocess traumatic or frightening events. Sometimes the re-telling of a painful story can be re-traumatizing if it is not done in an environment where you know you are safe and in control. When you re-tell a story using EMDR it will often feel very different because you are in the “driver’s seat,” and can stop or slow down at any time. EMDR reworks how trauma memories are stored in the brain so that the event can finally be processed successfully and in a new way.
EMDR seems to have a direct effect on the way that your brain processes information.
When you are highly distressed, your brain cannon process information and create memories as it typically would. Instead, when you experience something that is highly distressing or feels traumatic to you, the memory of this even can become “frozen in time” and when remembering the event, you can feel just as bad as when you went through it the first time.
During a successful EMDR session, your brain is able to resume normal information processing. After reprocessing the painful memory you still remember what happened, but it is less upsetting to think about.
Dorothy Moon, PsyD, LCP
Dr. Dorothy Moon has over 10 years of experience as a licensed psychologist in the community and excels at working with adult individuals and couples on a range of struggles including anxiety, depression, trauma, racial identity, cultural influences, life transitions, and relationship issues.
Libby Korell, MSW, LCSW
Libby is a highly gifted clinician with many years of experience treating children, parents, and families. She specializes in treating all types of trauma and she is highly adept at working with pregnant moms, postpartum families, and adults (ages 20 and up) struggling with depression, anxiety, or Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.
Alex Smith, M.S.Ed., M.Phil.Ed, LPC
With experience at all levels of clinical care, Alex has the ability to make clients feel welcome and comfortable sharing their experiences. Her clients are met with respect and compassion and find that Alex can hold space without judgment. Alex specializes in Eating Disorder Recovery, Trauma, Anxiety, and Depression.
Mary Miller, MSW, LCSW
Mary is known for creating a space where you feel so safe and comfortable that you are able to work through things that you didn’t know you were capable of getting through.
Lauren Pinneo, MSW, LCSW
Lauren's inviting presence will helps you feel connected to her from the moment you meet. She feels called to create powerful healing through therapy. Her work as a therapist combines the best aspects of her personality and skillset, allowing her to excel in a field that aligns with her strong values.
Erin Staniszeski, MSW, LCSW
Erin is able to sit with your story, no matter what you have been through. Having worked with many survivors of trauma, Erin carries an unshakable confidence in your ability to break through and thrive.
Katie Godfrey, PhD, LCSW
Dr. Godfrey excels at building meaningful connections with her clients as they work together in a warm, non-judgmental environment.
Chelsea Campbell, PsyD, LCP
Working with Dr. Chelsea Towler Campbell in therapy or assessment will help you to identify and build on your strengths.
AJ Grovert,PsyD, LCP
Dr. AJ Grovert has been in practice for over 10 years and specializes in a number of areas such as trauma, perinatal mental health, anxiety spectrum disorders, and emerging adulthood. She also is experienced working with LGBTQ+ communities, female veterans, and those recovering from religious traumas.
Allison Kalivas, MS, MFTC
Allison's is not afraid to be in a tough place with you. She knows that coming into therapy can be a vulnerable experience. She will be your co-pilot, sitting with you in your experience and motivating you to focus on your goals.
Lies van Bekkum, PsyD, LCP
Dr. Lies van Bekkum provides her clients with a wonderful balance of warmth and straightforwardness as a therapist at The Catalyst Center.
Karmen Thulin, PsyD, LCP
If you are ready to make a change and give yourself the gift of healing, Karmen may be a great fit for you. She is easy to connect with, deeply compassionate, and has the training and knowledge needed to help you reach your goals.
Sarah Long, PsyD, CEDS, LCP
Sarah sees her role as walking alongside her clients on the journey towards greater health, meeting you where you are now and helping you take the next step in your journey when you are ready.
Kendra Doukas, MS, LMFT
Kendra Doukas is passionate about her work helping individuals, couples, and families to heal and rebuild after major losses and traumatic events.
Joey Tadie, PhD, LCP
Dr. Joey Tadie is a talented psychologist with a gift for connecting with people and helping them to transform their lives.
Erin Jacklin, PsyD, LCP
Dr. Erin Jacklin is the owner and clinical director of The Catalyst Center. She hand-picked each therapist at the center.
Emily Markley, PsyD, LCP
Dr. Emily Markley is the Clinic Director of our sister non-profit, the Ardent Grove Foundation. In addition to her work training future psychologists, she provides Collaborative Therapeutic Assessment here at the Catalyst Center.
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