For adults – Grief is not a problem to be fixed.Grief is an extension of love, and is a normal reaction to loving and losing something.When someone we love dies, it may feel as if everything we once knew as true has changed.We may have difficulty remembering things, completing day-to-day tasks, getting out of bed, and going to work.Our emotions may be all over the place – moving between anger, and sadness, and relief, and confusion, and back again.We may have trouble seeing the importance in things that once occupied our lives.We may have trouble relating to others.Our bodies may ache.These are all normal expressions of grief. Grief therapy can provide a safe and supportive space that allows us to experience whatever our grief looks like today, while providing a collaborative and holistic approach to finding a way to honor ourselves and our loved one in our new reality. Utilizing both mind and body approaches, we will collaborate with you to create a treatment plan specific to your needs.
For children – Children grieve too, and their grief can look different from an adult’s grief. Grief therapy can help young broken hearts to develop positive coping skills, normalize their thoughts and feelings, and find ways to memorialize their loved one in order to minimize maladaptive coping strategies further down the road.
For groups – In the event of a death that has impacted a large group of people, such as a workplace or a large family, group grief processing can provide a safe and supportive place to acknowledge the death, the impact of the loss, and provide ways for each individual within the context of the group to define their own meaningful ways of grieving. Group grief processing can take place in an off-site location that is accessible and meaningful to the group.
Holistic Trauma Therapy
For adults – Trauma is a subjective term.What is traumatic for one person might not be traumatic for another.Throughout our lives, we will all experience some degree of trauma.A trauma can be a single event that is easy to pinpoint, such as experiencing an assault, a death, a rape, combat, a natural disaster, etc.Trauma can also be created by an event or events that might not be so easy to pinpoint, and might be showing as symptoms such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, behavioral issues, relational problems, substance abuse, etc.If, for whatever reason, we are not able to fully process our traumas, they will start getting in the way of our ability to lives to our fullest potential. Trauma therapy can provide a safe space for us to be able to identify, sit with, and process past events to allow for more freedom and well-being in our lives. Utilizing both mind and body approaches, we will collaborate with you to create a treatment plan specific to your needs.
For children – Traumatic events can greatly impact a child’s developing brain, sense of self, and sense of safety in the world. Unprocessed traumas can impact children for the rest of their lives. Trauma therapy can help to develop positive coping skills, normalize children’s thoughts and feelings, and process events that have happened to them in order to minimize maladaptive coping strategies further down the road.
For recent traumatic events – Recent Traumatic Episode Protocol (R-TEP) is an individual application of Early EMDR Intervention (EEI), which may be used to provide brief intervention in treating acute distress surrounding a recent traumatic event. R-TEP can help survivors to process a traumatic event before trauma memories have been integrated, which may prevent later complications and strengthen resilience.
For groups– In the event of a traumatic event that has impacted a large group, such as a workplace or a large family, Group Traumatic Episode Protocol(G-TEP) is a group application of Early EMDR Intervention (EEI). G-TEP may be used to provide brief intervention in a group setting in treating acute distress surrounding a recent traumatic event. G-TEP can help groups to process a traumatic event before trauma memories have been integrated, which may prevent later complications and strengthen resilience. G-TEP can take place in an off-site location that is accessible and meaningful to the group.
Couples/Family Grief or Trauma Therapy
For couples – When one or both parts of a couple have experienced a trauma or a loss, the impact can affect the dynamics of the relationship. Partners may have trouble relating to each other and understanding the other’s point of view. We provide couples therapy from a trauma-informed perspective to provide psychoeducation on trauma and loss and its impacts on relationships, to build empathy and trust, and to strengthen communication and coping skills within the relationship. We are also Certified in Prepare/Enrich, and provide the Prepare/Enrich assessment and counseling for premarital, married, and committed partners.
For families– If one family member or the family as a whole has experienced a trauma or a loss, it will affect the dynamics of the family. Communication may become strained, family members may feel distant, or it may feel as if everyone is walking on eggshells. We provide family therapy from a trauma-informed perspective to provide psychoeducation on trauma and loss and its impacts on the family system, to build empathy and trust, and to strengthen communication and coping skills within the family unit.
Yoga for Grief and Trauma – We offer private grief and trauma-informed yoga sessions that can be tailored to specific individual needs and abilities. We can hold grief and trauma physically in our bodies, which may create chronic tension, pain, disconnection, or other physical dis-ease. A yoga practice can help us to connect with both our breath and our body in order to relieve physical discomfort, learn greater self-regulation, cultivate greater interoception and self-awareness, and strengthen communication with self and others. Yoga sessions can be held in-office, in an off-site location, or via teleconference.
End of Life Doula Care – An End of Life Doula can also go by the name Death Doula or Death Midwife.This role exists with the belief that death is sacred and with the intention of reclaiming family-directed care at end of life.An End of Life Doula is not a medical provider, but instead acts as the bridge between medical care and funeral care. We provide Certified End of Life Doula services for individuals facing end of life through age or terminal illness, for the friends or families of individuals facing end of life, or for the friends or families of someone who has recently died. We provide guidance in defining final wishes and preparing final documents, sitting vigil, and creating a warmer, more meaningful means of memorial. Services can be provided in your home or through consultation via teleconference.
MFT Clinical Supervision – Laura is an approved Clinical Supervisor by the AZ Board of Behavioral Health Examiners, and can provide clinical supervision to MFTs seeking independent licensure.