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  “If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking.” – Zen proverb

Recovery Through A Different Lens


Many of my clients come to me because they don't connect to the 12-steps or they feel limited by the Big Book.  First, let me say ithat if the 12 steps resonate with you, they can absolutely be transformational.  And if they don't resonate with you, that's okay, but my hope for you is that you might somehow be able to get something out of them.  Either way I will support you.  And I am a supporter of the 12 step work.   But you can get that work outside of therapy.  The work that I do with my clients is supportive of the 12-step philosphy and is also an expansion of the work.  

We will examine why you are having reactions to certain people, situations or things that 

We will examine how the nervous system 

How does trauma show up?


Although you may not be able to identify a specific event as being traumatic, it is important to remember that we are looking through the eyes of the nervous system.  If you can relate to any of the following experiences, then it is possible your body is stuck in a trauma response.


  • Avoiding situations, people, places

  • Chronic Pain

  • Depression

  • Digestive Issues

  • Difficulty trusting others and forming healthy relationships

  • Easily startled, always feeling like you are on alert

  • Fears and phobias

  • Feeling completely shut down or numb – like you are just walking through life

  • Feeling unsafe in the world

  • Intense feelings of shame, despair, hopelessness

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Flashbacks

  • Generalized anxiety

  • Hypervigilance and mistrust

  • Insomnia, night terrors

  • Intrusive memories

  • Isolation

  • Lost sense of self

  • Missing parts of the day; memory lapses

  • Mood swings

  • Numbing

  • Obsessive Behaviors

  • Overreactions to minor stressors

  • Panic attacks

  • Reacting to situations for reasons that you don’t know

  • Restlessness

  • Self-destructive behaviors

  • Unable to leave your house

Next Steps


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