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I've tried Talk Therapy for years and nothing helped...what do I do?

A remarkable number of clients approach to me with a similar experience; they have tried so much talk therapy and feel that they are still stuck. Many folx have tried modalities varying from CBT and DBT to exposure therapy, with limited movement in their healing of trauma.


So how can I help? What do I do differently?


My approach to therapy is evidence-based limbic systems therapy. Our limbic system is where trauma is stored and processed. Other modalities, such as CBT, activates the prefrontal cortex part of our brain, which does not function optimally when trauma is occurring.



Image Source: https://stephanielearning.com/2017/11/14/hurricane-harvey-how-the-brain-processes-trauma/


Let's put it this way. Let's say we are trying to clear a closet that has been cluttered with things over the years. A non-limbic system approach would be synonymous to making a bed that is in the same room in an effort to clear the closet. The bed is not where the clutter is stored, nor can the bed give you access to the closet to explore its contents. Limbic system therapies is when your therapist guides you to the door and with care, helps you unpack each item in the closet, determine what can stay, what can go and how to organize it for the future. It directly targets the source of the trauma, rather then trying to ease it indirectly.


Examples of limbic system therapies include EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and IFS (Internal Family System) among many others. As someone who has taken advanced training in both modalities, I look forward to helping those experience therapy like they never have before.



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