I am often asked what I think about recovery from early and/or complex trauma. While we typically think of trauma as something that happened, it is equally important to consider what was prevented from happening. Learning our mother tongue provides a helpful analogy. Our brains are primed to learn languages from birth. Language acquisition is an incredibly complex task we achieve in a natural way with great ease. Likewise, starting at birth our brain is designed to learn many critical skills, such as how to be in relationship with others, self-soothe and manage our emotions. When trauma interferes with our opportunity to learn these tasks, we must learn them later in life. When we try to learn a second language as adults it is much harder than if we had the opportunity to learn as children. Recovery from trauma is similarly challenging - but not impossible. We are less proficient in the interpersonal realm and we have barriers to overcome to try to relate to others in new ways. Just as with a language that we learn later in life, we might have an accent, or we might make some grammatical mistakes, but we can learn enough to communicate and get the message across. With this new language we can manage to ask questions, explain what we need, share with others, and find our way to a different world.


services in English and Spanish specializing in recovery from trauma for men and women. Emphasis on anxiety, depression, relationship stress, biracial/bicultural couples, international community, immigration and acculturation, dissertation completion.


Individual and group psychotherapy focused on trauma recovery for men, women, and other gender identities, with an emphasis on mind-body integration and culturally- competent approaches to trauma. In partnership with Laya Yoga, the trauma-yoga group integrates a trauma recovery evidence-based practice model with trauma-sensitive yoga.


Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR) is a powerful tool in the recovery from trauma. I have integrated this approach with psychotherapy since 2010 and I expect to receive my EMDR therapist certification in 2013. For more information and research on EMDR go to


In addition to mindfulness strategies, I completed Level I training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and I currently integrate this approach into my work with people impacted by trauma. sensorimotor therapy into my work with people impacted by trauma.


Evaluations conducted in English and Spanish extreme hardship waivers, asylum, VAWA and other visa applications.


Psychological trauma and cultural considerations.