If you’re here, there’s a good chance you’ve already tried to find some tools to manage your anxiety on your own.
Maybe you even found a couple that worked some of the time… but nothing seems to do what you’d hoped it would. There might even be times when you’ve felt hopeless, like this will never end.
Your Truama Actually Has Many Symptoms.
Depression and Anxiety are sort of like a fever. If you have a fever it’s a solid indication that something in your body is off. But remember, the fever is a symptom. The real issue is something else.
Maybe you have a cold, or the flu, or an infection, or Ebola. I mean, hopefully not Ebola and if you do have it please don’t come see me for that. But you get the idea. The point is, fever isn’t an illness, it’s actually a symptom.
Anxiety and Depression are the same way.
It Can Usually Be Fixed (Or At Least Greatly Decreased)
All you need to do in order to solve have to know what the actual issues are before you’re going to get the treatment right. The infection isn’t going away if you take Tylenol.
Unlike biological infections, which are usually straightforward (unless they’re happening in an episode of Bones or ER), the anxiety and depression that come from trauma are almost always related to several factors.
Some things that can combine to create or contribute to symptoms of trauma include psychological history, relationship difficulties, changes in hormones and/or life stages, complex grief, post-traumatic stress disorder, genetics, environmental stressors… the list is pretty long.
It Helps to Have a Guide
I’ve been working with people recovering from trauma and it’s symptoms since 2006. In that time I can’t think of a single client who came to me that had gotten an accurate or complete diagnosis of the cause of their trauma and appropriate guidance regarding how to effectively approach it.
But I did notice that when we were able to correctly identify and address the causes – when we got the root of the problem – things got better. Usually quickly.
My goal with you will be simple; understand the root of your trauma and provide you with the tools you need. It’s my passion. And I can’t wait to share it with you.
You Need a Nerd! (That’s Me)(s)
My trauma and its symptoms caused untolled heartache in my life and the lives of my loved ones. Healing it became my personal obsession in 2001 when I started going to therapy. I enjoyed therapy so much I decided to go pro! Trauma and PTSD became my sole professional focus in 2006 and has remained that way since.
I received a Master’s in Counseling from the Adler Graduate School in 2006. I trained at one of the top trauma treatment centers in the world until 2008, when I became a faculty member at Grand Canyon University. From 2011 to 2016 I directed a program that lead the field in terms of innovative treatment of anxiety and trauma. During that time I made several appearances on A&E’s intervention.
I’ve completed training in Somatic Experiencing (SE) and am an approved SE training assistant. I’ve also completed coursework for the Neuro-Affective Relational Module, a systematic approach to healing developmental trauma. Those trainings represent four-and-a-half years of post-graduate study in trauma resolution.
When I’m not working I enjoy spending time with my beautiful wife Maria and our twin daughters. We’ve recently taken up camping and enjoy watching “old-school” sitcoms on Netflix.