Transcend past traumas and live more fully in the present.
- Healing Childhood Trauma
- Recovery from Addictions
- Anxiety and Depression
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Dissociative Disorders
- Relationship and Parenting Issues
Is Therapy Right for You?
People pursue psychotherapy when their past traumas of childhood interfere with fulfillment, satisfaction, and functioning in the present. These traumas can manifest as anxiety, depression, and addictions to substances or behaviors, flashbacks to childhood, or other traumatic events. They can also manifest in dysfunctional relationships or work situations, chronic illness, or general feelings of emptiness or unhappiness. If you are suffering from any of the above, psychotherapy may be right for you.
I first became interested in becoming a psychotherapist in the late 1970s, during the time of the Human Potential Movement and the Women's Movement. Both of these movements inspired me and inform my work today. The Human Potential Movement brought therapy out of the context of psychopathology and helped us look at our potential for growth and self-actualization. The Women's Movement opened up awareness of oppression, and its effects on the individual. Feminist therapy worked to uncover the abuse of women, children, and also men, and began to develop methods to heal from these traumas. Both movements incorporated the power of the group and community in supporting growth and change.
During my years in practice, psychotherapy has developed through clinical experience and scientific research. I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to study with many experts in the field of Trauma Studies, Gestalt Therapy, Family Systems, Hypnosis, EMDR, Addictions Recovery, and Psychospiritual Therapy.
Today, the field of neurobiology is expanding, and new theories and treatments that work directly with how the brain functions in trauma are being researched and integrated into clinical practice. Techniques such as guided imagery, hypnosis, and EMDR help us focus on healing trauma, while increasing stability and enrichment in clients' everyday lives. It is also reassuring that many of the ways we have worked with clients for many years appear now to have a basis in neuroscience.
Professional Supervision and Training
Brigid's Well also provides individual and group supervision, and training to therapists, alcoholism counselors, and other health care professionals. This can lead to certification for insurance reimbursement for practitioners who qualify. Educational presentations are available to doctors, nurses, chiropractors, body and energy workers, educators, or any health care professional who comes into contact with trauma survivors in their work.