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Does this sound familiar?


You want to enjoy your life and relationships, but instead you feel:

  • Guarded and suspicious of others, projecting bad things that have happened to you on to the people in your life now

  • Guilty that you can go on in your life (go to school, have a healthy relationship, etc.), but your deceased loved one can’t

  • Embarrassed and different because you show your emotions so openly, while others expect you to pretend like everything is fine.


You may struggle to control your emotional expressions because there is so much hurt inside of you that needs to come out. Our society does not feel comfortable with this, so the people around you trying to move you along from your trauma or grief before you’re ready. Your relationships may be confusing and conflictual, because you didn’t have a healthy example of how to be in a partnership or family no one seems to understand your experience, and it feels very lonely and scary. If you have to deal with minority stress from being part of the LGBTQ+ community, it can make the whole experience even worse.


You don’t have to keep feeling this way.


Hi, I’m Lisa S. Larsen, PsyD, and I can help.


I provide grief and trauma therapy for adult individuals and couples, and adolescents. I use mind-body techniques like EMDR therapy, clinical hypnosis, and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy. I tailor my approach to your individual needs and circumstances, so that you don’t get a cookie-cutter treatment approach that may not fit for you.


My clients walk away from therapy with me feeling understood, emotionally lighter, and clear about what happened to them in the past. They release the physical and sense that the awful thing just happened, and accept it in a mature, present-focused way. When people in relationships are able to release their past wounding from childhood and previous relationships, they can be more present and our money us with their current partners. I provide a safe, accepting place for people from various ethnic, cultural, and other backgrounds so they can feel comfortable and say work through their challenges. I also emphasize your strengths and resources that you can use to heal from trauma and loss, anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem.


Get to Know Me 

Welcome to My Site!

If you're here, you have suffered a loss or other trauma that is still affecting you, and you want help. I am here to help you individually or with your relationship with therapy for grief and trauma. Here's a brief overview of what's on this site and how it can help you!

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You feel like no one understands your pain...

Our society doesn't like vulnerable emotions. Grief, the response to experiences of loss, is the ultimate vulnerable experience. You have no control over someone you love dying or losing your health to a serious or chronic illness. Traumatic incidents also render you raw and vulnerable when they haven't been processed. Relationship struggles can also make you feel unloved, lonely and lost. Being part of a marginalized group like the LGBTQ+, especially in a conservative area, can also render you unsafe emotionally and physically. This leads to being vulnerable to minority stress and lost relationships. I understand this and I am passionate about helping you get to a better place.

And then there's the negativity of others' responses...

People might tell you to "get over it already" or look down on you for suffering anxiety, depression, or PTSD from your traumas. Your relationships might be negatively impacted by your traumatic past, which makes you feel even lonelier. Because of how you identify or love, you might have emotional distance from family members who don't accept or value you as a human. The isolation and social rejection just makes it even more painful to face life's big stressors.

You are not alone. Everyone goes through loss or transitions at some point. Sometimes therapy for   grief or trauma therapy can help you return to feeling good again. You might also benefit from couples counseling with someone who knows how to work with trauma and grief. 


I offer the tools (like EMDR therapy, Ericksonian hypnosis and EFT), experience and expertise to help you work through your trauma and grief. 

You deserve to be happy in life again. You don't have to suffer through this forever, and sacrifice your happiness and relationships for what happened in the past.

How I can help you with EMDR Therapy, Ericksonian hypnosis, SFBT and EFT

I use several tools to help you cope better so you can create the life that you want and deserve.

  • EMDR therapy helps you process the loss or trauma differently in your brain so that it doesn’t feel like it just happened. Then you can see it from a more mature, neutral position and free herself from its emotional grip.

  • Ericksonian hypnosis allows you to view what happened from a safe distance and learn how to live with the reality of it, as well as introduces new skills and resources to deal with life more effectively.

  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy guides you in how you have coped with unfortunate events in the past, and emphasizes your strengths and skills rather than focusing on how bad you’re doing.

  • Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples, or EFT/EFCT focuses on here-and-now interactions between you and your partners that cause you to not get along, and helps you change how you interact. You learn new patterns of relating to your partner and how to shift from being reactive from your attachment wounds, to interacting more considerately and compassionately in real time.

Are you ready to get emotionally unstuck from your loss or trauma? Do you think EMDR and hypnosis or some other tools might help you with your grief, trauma or alienation?

Please call so we can how  we can create a healthier, happier, more satisfying life for you.

Clients I love to help

Clients I Love to Help with EMDR, Ericksonian Hypnosis, SFBT and EFT

  • Trauma Survivors

  • People dealing with grief and loss (mourners)

  • LGBTQ+ Community

  • Teens & Tweens

  • Couples & Other Love Relationships

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