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Lisa S. Larsen, PsyD

When trauma and loss are too hard to bear alone, it helps to have a trusted guide

The pain of loss and trauma can be overwhelming...

The world can be a very scary place, and especially now with the coronavirus epidemic, people need to feel secure and safe. I am offering video therapy on SecureVideo, a HIPAA-secure platform.

When something terrible happens to you, you might feel very alone and frightened. This could be losing a loved one, being hurt by someone else, having your life rearranged by chronic illness, or being bullied at school or work.

 

It can also make you on edge, easily angered, checked out mentally, or feeling distrustful towards others. People around you might say that you've changed a lot and you may feel uncomfortable in your current relationships. Because of this, you may withdraw from people or avoid them altogether. It can be hard to enjoy yourself and look forward to a happy future. Your body may feel tense or numb. Memories of horrible things that happened to you might give you nightmares or keep popping into your head. It might be hard to stop worrying that you might suffer from the same thing as your departed loved one. The effects of the trauma can last for years if you don't address them sooner than later. 

 

When it's too hard to cope with all of this alone, you might find it helpful to have someone who understands trauma and loss in your corner. You can open up and be honest about how they feel, and let go of the baggage from your horrible experience. It's likely that you'll find strength and courage you didn't know you had. You'll feel lighter and happier when you release those negative experiences. With EMDR Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and clinical hypnosis, I can help you get through this difficult period of time and emerge stronger and more resilient than before. As an experienced EMDR therapist, I know how important it is to restore a sense of wholeness to your body and mind. Together we will work to move you past your past and truly let it go. Then you'll build a better life for yourself. The life you have wanted all along is within reach -- the life you know you deserve!

 

Welcome!

I'm so glad you decided to visit my website. I imagine that you're here because you have something inside you would like to release. If you are ready to work through that pain inside you in a safe, nurturing environment, I would like to be here for you.

As a licensed psychologist, I provide individual psychotherapy for children, teenagers, and adults. I specialize in helping people recover from trauma and loss, and the feelings and behaviors that go along with it. These include depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, dysfunctional relationships, and insecurity. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT, with Solution Focused Brief Therapy. I have been using EMDR therapy since 2008, and also use clinical hypnosis to help clients overcome their pain and return to a life of joy, purpose and meaning.

My graduate training in life experience has shown me that diversity is a beautiful, vibrant aspect of our existence. I am proud to serve people from all ethnic backgrounds and cultures. As an LGBT-friendly therapist, I love helping people in the LGBTQQIA community deal with trauma, loss, depression, anxiety, and self-esteem.

I look forward to hearing from you and having a conversation about how I can help to you.

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Clients I love to help

 

Trauma Survivors & Mourners

Teens & Tweens

LGBTQQIA+ Community

People can be deeply hurt by many life events, including the loss of a loved one. Sometimes it can feel as though they will never "get over" their loss or traumatic event. The world can be very cruel and invalidating when we're in this vulnerable state.

They can have symptoms that disrupt their lives and make them miserable, leading to feeling lost and hopeless.

 

PTSD can feel like you're stuck reliving the traumatic event; so can mourners get stuck with obsessive thoughts about their loved one. In many instances, these feelings are temporary but without the right support and in invalidating environments, the problems seem to drag on indefinitely. I have worked with trauma and grief for many years and enjoy helping them get "unstuck" so they can enjoy life again.

When upsetting things happen to children and adolescents, it can be even more difficult than for adults because they do not have the same coping skills and life experience that adults do. What adults may deem "rites of passage" or "just normal growing up" might be difficult for children to navigate.

 

Especially after all that we've been through with the coronavirus pandemic, many children and adolescents have been struggling with isolation, depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, and self-harm.


They may be traumatized or very disturbed by bullying, complex divorces, school failure, physical illnesses, medical procedures, in addition to obvious things like physical, emotional or sexual abuse. Worse yet, sometimes adults blame them for what happened. This makes it all worse! If you know a teenager or child who needs help, please call!

Given the stigmas that some parts of society place on gay, bisexual, lesbian, nonbinary, and transgender people face, it can be hard to enjoy life.

 

Discrimination can add a layer of stress to the everyday problems people face, that cisgender and straight people don't have to cope with. Sometimes, people have to endure violence due to their gender identity or sexual orientation. This can lead to traumatic stress and make life even more upsetting, which can make you want to escape into substance abuse or other self-destructive behaviors.

 

If you're wondering how to deal with some of these stressors, or just need an ally to talk to who affirms your whole self, please know that there's someone in your corner, and that you don't have to go through this alone.

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