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Lisa S. Larsen, PsyD

Traumatic grief does not have to hurt forever. It helps to have a trusted guide

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

If you feel as though you just went through something terrible like loss or trauma, even though it happened a long time ago, you are not alone. You might have been mistreated by your caregivers, your peers, or someone with more power than you. You might have lost someone suddenly and unexpectedly, or you might have lost several people and never took the time to allow yourself to grieve.

So, the emotions and physical sensations are still stuck inside of you. You feel like you’re a wound that people keep bumping into, and you hurt all over again. Maybe you hurt other people unintentionally on  through your words or actions, or you neglect your own well-being because you don’t think you deserve to feel okay again.

These emotions interfere with getting along with other people, being successful at school or work, or with your life satisfaction. Happiness eludes you and you struggle with anxiety or depression on a regular basis. It might seem selfish for you to enjoy a life, especially if a person you lost was not ready to die. Going to work or driving might be difficult because of anxiety and dread.

Your trauma or grief deserves a place where you can talk about it and get past it without glossing over it. You don’t want to keep reliving the past, but you also want to learn how to live more peacefully with what happened to you. You may want to be the same happy-go-lucky person you were before all this happened; but I think you can go beyond that. It’s possible to learn and grow after trauma and loss.

How I can help you with EMDR therapy, Ericksonian hypnosis, SFBT and CBT

I have 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.

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy encourages you to notice when you’re thinking unrealistic thoughts, ones that hold you back from healing and feeling better. Then we replace those negative thoughts with more realistic, helpful thinking that sets you up for preventing anxiety or depression in the future.

Are you ready to get unstuck from your trauma or grief? Please call me so we can talk about working together to create a healthier, more satisfying, happier life.

Clients I love to help

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

Trauma Survivors & Mourners

You may be struggling with the recent loss or trauma, or an old one. PTSD can feel like you're stuck reliving the traumatic event. Complicated grief can give you prolonged, obsessive thoughts about your loved one and it hurts to long to be reunited with them. Without the right support and a validating environment, your pain could drag on indefinitely. 

If you're struggling with getting free from what happened to you, please call!

Teens & Tweens

When upsetting things happen to children and adolescents, it can be even more difficult than for adults. Kids don't have the same coping skills and experience as adults. If you see your kid struggling with loss, trauma, depression or anxiety, please get them help right away.

Many adult clients tell me they wish their parents had gotten them help when they were younger. You can make a positive difference for your child! If your child is 12 or older, please call!

LGBTQ+ Community

Rejection, bullying, discrimination, and harassment all add to your stress; this is referred to as minority stress. Your being LGBTQ+ isn't unhealthy. What's wrong is being treated poorly because of your sexual orientation or gender identity.


You might develop posttraumatic stress, depression, anxiety, or grief, and need help feeling like your usual fantastic self. If you need a therapist who is LGBTQ-affirming, compassionate and experienced, please call.

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