Hey, I see you over there.
You’ve found my website in your search for a therapist because you’re frustrated and overwhelmed.
Some days you’re anxious and flooded with too much energy to handle. Other days, you feel sad and exhausted. Sometimes you feel okay but can’t enjoy this feeling because you’re waiting for the other shoe to drop. Other times, you're zoned out, just going through the motions of your day.
You’ve tried your best to manage, but everything feels out of control.
Things can be different.
BA, BSW, MSW, TITC-CT, RSW
Hi, I'm Chloe. A Clinical Traumatologist and Registered Social Worker with a Master of Social Work from McGill University.
What I have learned from the science and years of sitting with individuals who have experienced traumatic events, is that talking alone often doesn’t cut it. Science tells us that our bothersome experiences are stored in areas of our brain that can’t be fully accessed through talk therapy.
Trauma Expert, Bessel van der Kolk, states:
“Neuroscience research shows that very few psychological problems are the result of defects in understanding; most originate in pressures from deeper regions in the brain that drive our perception and attention. When the alarm bell of the emotional brain keeps signaling that you are in danger, no amount of insight will silence it.”
Experiences of trauma can shift our brain into a better safe than sorry system. This means that long after the trauma has passed, unconscious parts of our brain continue interpreting the world as dangerous. When triggered, we respond automatically with survival strategies (fight, flight, cry for help, freeze, or shut down) because the part of our brain that thinks, reviews and reflects gets kicked offline. When we eventually return to a calmer or grounded place, we often experience feelings of shame; recognizing that we would have responded differently with our thinking brain online.
To heal from trauma, we have to access and process the feelings, physical sensations and automatic survival responses associated with the event(s), which are held in areas below our thinking brain.
How I Can Help
I have trained extensively in therapies that can help you access and process bothersome physical and emotional material from the bottom up.
Modalities I am trained to provide, include:
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy
Emotional Freedom Technique
I primarily provide individual therapy, for folks ages 12+.
I try to be the kind of therapist that I would want to see. The therapeutic relationship we develop is an important part of this work. Let’s see if we are a good fit, by having a free 15-minute phone consultation. Click Let’s Connect! below to get started.