I am currently not taking new clients. I have a waiting list for people who would like event specific trauma resolution – such as assault, sexual assault, and car accidents. If you fall into this category, please sign a release with your primary therapist and have your primary therapist reach out to me so we can discuss if somatic experiencing is a modality that will enhance your current treatment plan. They can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 412-552-3077. I will then put you on a waiting list. If you’d like to touch base to see if you think we’d be a good fit, feel free to email or call and we can set up a time to talk on the phone.
Once we have been in contact and the appointment is made, I will send you an email to link you into the HIPPA secure site for completing consent forms and intake questionnaire.
If you are coming for adjunct trauma specific counseling, typically the first two sessions involve the two of us getting to know each other a bit and determining a way forward with working on the traumatic material. We will explore some of the basic tools used in somatic experiencing trauma healing, and work to create an embodied sense of your present strengths and resources. Typically in the third session we start to move more formally into the trauma narrative or traumatic material. This work can be done with or without the actual story of the traumatic event. It is not cathartic and is not reliving the past. I will help you to stay present and to help the brain and body build new connections to shift the traumatic response and put the memory into long-term rather than short-term memory. It is ideal if you can plan to rest or have some amount of transition time after a session before you have to do your next thing in the day.
If you are coming to me as your primary therapist (not trauma specific), typically the first session or two involves the two of us getting to know each other a bit. You will have the opportunity to tell me what is bringing you in to counseling, and I’ll ask a number of further intake questions to get a better idea of what the scope of our work might be. I like to work collaboratively, so will explain various approaches we could take, and we can try a few techniques to see what resonates most with you. Generally by the third session, you’ll start to feel more comfortable and oriented to how we will work together, and the process unfolds.