Trauma and integration
I work with all types of clients experiencing difficulty in their lives deriving from trauma- trauma being any negative event significant enough to evoke an emotional response and relative helplessness. Trauma researchers/neurobiologists have said in order to process trauma we should use therapies that engage the limbic system-the reactive/emotional part of the brain that holds the affect of trauma because our prefrontal cortex, or logical, decision-making brain, for our purposes, has “gone off line.” This explains so many of trauma’s effects- dissociation, memory/time loss, lack of focus/ability to concentrate, depression and anxiety..
I use art as a tool to process overwhelming experiences. We will only work from a resourced, grounded place, and as activation occurs, we will make sure to keep everything within “the window of tolerance,” so as to both be sure that the work is productive and there is not any re-traumatization. Since integrating trauma can be at first like dredging debris from a storm, we want to make sure it’s contained while we put it in order. We may not make sense of the event itself, but we can make sense of how our nervous systems can process it best, live without symptoms and viewing ourselves and the world from a traumatized place.
700 Old Roswell Lakes Parkway, Suite 300.
Roswell, GA 30076
In the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions:)
Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy using creative processes and self-expression to explore pre-verbal and nonverbal emotions and/or self-states for a deeper sense of healing, integration, and self-exploration. We like art therapy because it uses a “bottom-up” approach first before the use of “top-down” (cognitive, verbal, logical) approach- gets to the emotional part of the brain and incorporates the senses, where the fight/flight response (trauma) resides..
Parts/SElf/Internal Family Systems
Parts are the ways we act out our defenses, while self is our true self energy that allows us to feel secure and connected to others and the world around us.
Body oriented techniques that use sensation in the body to process emotion for reintegrating a trauma response, helping to heal the mind/body split.
What is trauma? In short a trauma is any overwhelming experience causing a stress response to our nervous system. If we are unable or not permitted to move through our stress response to trauma naturally, that is when ptsd or other problems develop in the nervous system such as anxiety, depression, etc.
Instinctual Trauma Response
ITR is a method of reprocessing trauma created by Dr. Tinnin and Gantt (psychiatrist and art therapist) making order and completion out of our natural trauma response. It uses elements of narrative therapy, art therapy, somatic, and parts work to reintegrate our traumatic experiences in a safe way that does not require reliving the experience.
For people who want to make the creative process their focus, many times to use it for making their life meaningful out of inner necessity. Help for problems faced by those who want to live an authentic life, centered on the processes of creativity, to manifest their potential.
Here’s how to contact me.
Use the form below to contact me. Please be as detailed as possible. Include what your main concerns for seeking support are along with any specific requests. To help me best serve you, I recommend that you first describe the issue you’re having before telling me what you want to achieve. You may also email me to make an appointment. I look forward to helping you reach your highest and best potential.