holistic mental health services to help you recover from sexual trauma
Serving adults online and in the Sacramento area
the effects of sexual trauma keep lingering, and you just need to feel like yourself again
The impact of surviving sexual trauma--whether it was assault, rape, or a sexually abusive relationship--isn't going away as quickly as you hoped. The healing journey has been complex and nonlinear, with periods of feeling 'normal' before a sudden trigger causes overwhelming emotions to resurface. You may grapple with anxiety, grief, shame, fear, guilt, or a sense of isolation that blocks your ability to connect with others.
Navigating changes in relationships and trusting others has become difficult. Intense emotions or intrusive thoughts can be sparked by those closest to you. Physical intimacy might feel impossible, leading to strains in your romantic relationships. Or perhaps you feel drawn to high-risk situations or relationships, further complicating the healing process.
Your relationship with yourself needs healing as well. You may struggled with self-loathing, self-blame, or a diminished sense of identity. You may struggle to feel whole and confident in your own skin, especially if you experience out-of-control survival responses like fight, flight, and freeze modes, or other physical signs of distress, like sleep issues, headaches and migraines, stomachaches, or anxiety-induced nausea.
you can reclaim your life from sexual trauma
With the right support, you can alleviate the fear and anxiety that stems from sexual trauma, and cultivate the self-compassion necessary to overcome shame and guilt. You can regain your sense of identity and power, so that the trauma no longer defines you.
We provide a nurturing and safe environment for you to process the emotional effects of trauma, "reset" the body's overactive nervous system, develop valuable coping strategies, and quiet the inner critic. Offering one-on-one therapy and coaching, group therapy, and neurofeedback, we aim to help you create a comprehensive healing journey that allows you to finally close the chapter on this uphill battle of trauma recovery.
why work with us?
grief coach | Brainspotting practitioner
I've spent many years specializing in helping people navigate through trauma, as well as the sense of grief, loss, and change that comes with the aftermath of it; including the loss of a former or ideal life in which the trauma didn't happen. I've supported those who feel they're on the edge of feeling unable to function, who don't know how to deal with the intensity of emotions. I've also helped those who have found a lot of growth and healing over time, but find themselves becoming frustrated with persistent lingering effects, or sudden seasons of feeling they "regressed" after a period of feeling well.
I work from a deep understanding of trauma and grief's impact on one's personal, emotional, and spiritual life. I incorporate my experience as a spiritual counselor and Chaplain, knowledge of culturally diverse interventions, and skills as a Brainspotting practitioner, to help people find healing and peace after trauma.
neurofeedback | therapy
My specialization in supporting sexual assault survivors began in 2008, and since then, I have had the chance to support individuals at various stages of their coping journey, ranging from immediate crisis support to those grappling with abuse from decades ago.
My expertise lies in trauma-informed mindfulness- and self-compassion-based approaches and expressive arts techniques, which I integrate into both individual and group sessions alongside conventional talk therapy. My training in infralow and deep state neurofeedback also allows me to bring a powerful and unique tool into helping people in more readily and comfortably processing trauma in a way that's felt throughout the mind, brain, and nervous system. Recognizing the significant impact of societal and systemic factors on your experience of trauma and shame, I am committed to helping you reduce self-blame and rekindle your sense of self-worth.
sexual trauma recovery services faq's
1. What services would be best for me?
Individual therapy, group therapy, neurofeedback, Brainspotting, and coaching all have their strengths in trauma recovery. You can participate in our services 'a la carte', or you can create a custom recovery 'program' using multiple services. Here are the general benefits of each:
When it comes to professional support, this should be considered one of the go-to basics for sexual trauma recovery. It will give you a space to process your experience(s) and understand your own emotions and reactions in a safe, compassionate environment.
Groups provide what individual therapy cannot; peer support outside of the therapist-client relationship in which you can openly talk about your struggles as a trauma survivor in a group of people who understand where you're coming from. Ideal for those who feel isolated and don't feel they have a community to receive support from.
When you know your emotions require more than just talking, you need a treatment for your brain and nervous system. This is how trauma "lives in the body". This can look like being stuck in survival mode (fight, flight, or freeze), having flashbacks, having uncontrollable physical responses to triggers, feeling dissociated or zoned out, or developing chronic physical issues such as sleep problems, stomachaches, headaches, nausea, etc. Neurofeedback is the most comprehensive way to optimize the brain's functioning to soothe trauma responses.
This is a great option if certain memories or belief systems feel "stuck". Six to eight sessions will address one memory or negative belief at a time, allowing you to fine-tune your recovery and target stubborn thoughts.
Coaching is typically focused on helping you navigate the practical aspects of trauma recovery, such as managing day-to-day tasks and setting goals for the future. You'll receive guidance on issues related to balancing the recovery journey with other responsibilities and relationships, as well as developing new coping skills.
2. What group support do you offer?
We offer a few 8-10 week long group therapy series throughout the year specifically for women who are survivors of sexual trauma. We are still building our group therapy page on this website, but you can find more information about the group on Kalene's solo therapy practice website.
We also offer workshops for sexual trauma survivors who want to bring together people in their life, such as family members, friends, or other groups of people within their current social circle. This can give you an opportunity to explore specific topics or learn skills together that will promote both healing and connection. Visit our Workshops page for more information on how to create a personalized gathering.
3. How do I get started?
We begin each service with a free 15-20 minute phone consultation during which we answer any questions, learn about your mental health goals, and briefly discuss our services.
The consultation helps us determine whether our services actually fit your needs and preferences. We encourage you to 'feel out' whether our personalities and approach match what you're looking for. If we discover during this phone call that we are for any reason not the best match, that's okay; we won't take it personally! Finding the right provider/team for you is the top priority, and we’d be happy to provide you with referrals that may be more helpful.