your trauma recovery is
why your trauma recovery matters so much to me
The answer is simple: I'm a trauma survivor too.
I know what it's like to lose way too many years of your life to the negative after effects of trauma. I know what it's like to be stuck in behaviors you hate, thoughts you can't avoid and an identity that feels less than, unworthy and just plain bad.
I also know what it's like to resolve all of that -- to come out of the pain and enter a life that feels really, really good.
Where you are today is only this one moment. I want you to find freedom, and to live a life in which you feel joyful, inspired, peaceful, serene, calm and productive.
All of that is possible for you. As you're about to discover, I've worked hard to become the kind of coach who has a plan, knowledge and a process to collaborate with you in creating an approach to the recovery outcomes you most desire.
What Drives Me
To creatively inspire and intuitively assist emotional and spiritual healing after trauma.
To help every survivor find freedom from the negative effects of trauma.
Guiding survivors to release post-trauma symptoms and reclaim their lives so that they can be happy, healthy, productive and joyful.
Connection, compassion, safety, creativity, and spirituality.
how i got (&) where i am today
In 1981 I survived an horrific trauma. A thirteen-year-old child, I was given a routine antibiotic for a routine infection and suffered anything but a routine reaction: An undiscovered allergy to the medication turned me into a full-body burn victim -- inside and out. I spent weeks in a quarantined burn unit room in a New York City hospital. I lost 100% of the first two layers of skin. I had a Near Death Experience that rocked me to the core. By the time I was released from the hospital I had experienced fear, terror and excruciating pain. I had lost my skin, but even more importantly, I had completely lost myself.
For the next twenty-four years I struggled with anxiety, fear, anger, insomnia, recurring nightmares, mood swings, depression, suicidal thoughts, fibromyalgia, hypervigilance, control issues, anorexia, digestive issues, mystery illnesses no specialist in Manhattan could diagnose-- and the absolute inability to speak about what happened to me.
A complete mental and physical meltdown drove me into therapy. Five years of talking about the past worsened my symptoms until I feared for my life. Something had to change. I decided to take control of my recovery.
I dove into research about trauma psychology and healing methodologies. I read everything from the dawn of trauma theory in the 1880s to modern day. I started to understand that simply talking about the past does not heal it. The memory of trauma lies buried deep in our body's cells and our subconscious mind's programming. These are the most crucial elements to engage in healing.
Without guidance or guarantee of success, I launched my own trauma recovery protocol. First, I found a trauma trained professional to diagnose PTSD. Then, I combined a physical program with alternative modalities to rewire my subconscious mind and deactivate the trauma neurology. Suddenly, my physical, mental and emotional symptoms started to wane, and then disappear.
I learned a lot during my own trauma and PTSD recovery. I learned about the importance of hope and belief – from inside myself and from those working with me. I also learned about the critical elements of self-empowerment, vision, meaning and identity. Plus, how we can harness those core strengths and apply them to healing trauma.
By the time I completed my trauma recovery transformation I’d learned a lot about what it takes to release the past, connect to the present, and build a new future. I’d also developed a really deep desire to do something with all that knowledge.
Since then I have made it my focus to inspire, guide and assist survivors to overcome depression, worry, and fear as they rebuild their lives after trauma and adversity. A popular keynote speaker, award-winning PTSD blogger, award-nominated author, workshop/seminar leader and certified professional coach, for many years I hosted the radio program and podcast series, Changing Direction, a show dedicated to interviewing the top experts in the fields of trauma, psychology, and neurobiology. am the founder of Heal My PTSD.
In my role as a mental health advocate I have appeared frequently in the media including, CBS, NBC, The Dennis Miller Show, Ladies’ Home Journal, The Washington Post, Newsday, St. Petersburg Times, Orlando Sentinel, The Palm Beach Post and the Huffington Post. For many years I was a staff writer for RewireMe.com, a top health blogger for the Stress Management Community on Wellsphere.com, the founder of Trauma! A PTSD blog on HealthyPlace.com, and a frequent contributor to Anxiety.org, Addiction.com and Recovery.org.
Winner of the Mending Broken Survivor Advocate award, in 2015 I was also named a finalist for the WEGO Health Activist Hero award. I am a former faculty member of the Clinical Development Institute for Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center.
A dynamic and compelling speaker I have appeared across the country at conferences and events for survivors and professionals representing a wide range of traumas, including life-threatening illness, traumatic brain injury, sexual assault, child abuse and combat. My trainings and presentations have been sought by a variety of organizations, including:
Brain Injury Association of Tennessee, Department of Children and Family Services, LunaFest, JFK Comprehensive Cancer Institute, Bethesda Women’s Health Center, Susan G. Komen, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Florida Society of Clinical Oncology, Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Jupiter Medical Center, Florida Atlantic University, Pasco-Hernandez Community College, Palm Beach County, Wellington Regional Hospital, Sexual Trauma Awareness and Response Center, South Florida Radiation Oncology, The Hanley Foundation, and Florida Writers Association.
BOOKS I'VE WRITTEN
MEDIA EXPOSURE I'VE ENJOYED
professional training I'VE GAINED
When it came to getting trained to help survivors heal trauma I had a big choice to make: traditional therapy or alternative healing modalities. I chose the latter for one simple reason:
Traditional approaches to trauma healing only utilize the 12% of your brain that is your conscious self. That is, the part of your brain responsible to short-term memory, analytical thinking and rational thoughts.
But what about the other 88% of your brain; your subconscious mind? That's the part that houses all of your long-term memory, assumptions, beliefs, associations and reactive emotional motivators. Surely, this part of your brain can offer an enormous amount of opportunities to effect healing, right? Yes!
In fact, while my own trauma recovery started with traditional talk therapy and other conventional methods (all of which can be very important in the healing process), I discovered -- as do many trauma survivors -- that just talking about what happened rarely brings healing. More than that, it can often stall the healing process as we get stuck in telling and reliving our story (and being defined by that story) for far too long.
At a certain point in my recovery I realized that survivors need more effective methods than talk and cognitive practices. I tested out a slew of alternative modalities and was delighted to discover that I could heal from engaging in practices that allowed me to stop telling my story -- and start rewriting my story instead.
Later I became certified in the three modalities that I felt added the most to my trauma recovery success. In combination they address both parts of the brain, the conscious and subconscious (or, if you like math, 100% of the brain).
For my trainings I sought out the top teachers in each field and the most rigorous programs so that I could stretch, develop, explore and refine my skills. As a trauma recovery coach I am trained in coaching, hypnosis and neuro-linguistic programming. (All of these tools are available to you. In our work together you call the shots and choose which techniques you want to include.)
CERTIFICATIONS I HOLD
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