What is Trauma?

Trauma is hard to define. Of course, there is a medical definition for trauma, but, in reality, it is far more individual. At its core, trauma is about fragmentation– the experiencing of a strong sense of overwhelm and powerlessness. When we experience trauma, it’s like wearing blinders. We feel stuck in rigidity and lose perspective. Trauma separates us from ourselves and from others, binding us to the past.

Many people struggle with trauma around life’s inevitable experiences with grief, change, loss, and disappointment, and others struggle with complex trauma stemming from abuse, neglect, assault, and other forms of violence (including accidental, natural, and violence inflicted by others). Our aim at Simply Being is to facilitate a journey back to the whole of the self. We work with folks who have experienced trauma, using a variety of therapeutic modalities and experiences to approach this work.

Trauma is specifically an event that overwhelms the central nervous system, altering the way we process and recall memories. Trauma is not the story of something that happened back then, it’s the current imprint of that pain, horror, and fear living inside people.” Bessel van der Kolk

Somatic Experiencing

“The body remembers, the bones remember, the joints remember, even the little finger remembers. Memory is lodged . . . in the cells themselves” (Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes—Women Who Run with the Wolves).

Somatic Experiencing resolves trauma symptoms and relieves chronic stress through a potent psychobiological method. By using this approach, we can work to restore inner balance and enhance resilience to stress, resetting the nervous system and increasing your vitality, equanimity, and capacity to actively engage in life.

It is believed that trauma does not rest in the past, but in your nervous system. By paying attention to your body, we can support you in your experience of a more coherent and resilient system.

What Does SE Look Like?

The goal of an SE session is to offer you the opportunity to engage, complete, and resolve your body’s instinctual fight, flight, and freeze responses. This helps restore inner balance and build your capacity to actively engage in and enjoy life.

SE can be very effective for individuals who are suffering from toxic stress, chronic pain, shock trauma, medical trauma, and assault. That said, it is effective for most all of us.

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Jungian Sandplay Therapy

When you enter our office, you will see hundreds of miniature figures lining the shelves. These figures represent the architecture of our universe, including ancient archetypes, real-life people and objects, and fantasy figures. If you can imagine it, I hope you can find it on our shelves.

Jungian Sandplay Therapy is described as a non-verbal, experiential, therapeutic modality that makes use of the sand, miniatures, and water to explore a person’s inner thoughts and subconscious. We use Sandplay as an adjunct intervention to trauma work.

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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a psychotherapeutic modality specifically designed to help with adverse experiences and trauma. EMDR posits that we can all heal from psychological trauma and toxic memories. This modality is effective for those struggling with life’s challenges, whether simple or complex. We are all wired toward healing, and EMDR therapy can help facilitate the process.

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Ecotherapy is an approach that stems from the concept that we as humans have a deep connection with nature and our surrounding environment. Nurturing this connection helps us to reconnect with the natural world around us and has a variety of benefits to our mental health and overall well-being. Ecotherapy has been shown to aid in regulating the nervous system, increase levels of resilience, and promote a positive mood. By reconnecting with nature, you can reduce levels of stress, anxiety, depression, and symptoms of post-traumatic stress. Moving the focus from internal to external, ecotherapy has also been shown to increase levels of empathy and a greater sense of belonging. We believe that nature and fostering our connection to it, promotes healing.


Trauma Informed Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis in a psychotherapeutic setting and practiced by licensed mental health professionals. Hypnosis itself is a trance-like mental state, where individuals experience a heightened sense of awareness and suggestibility. It is done with the help of a clinical therapist using verbal repetition and mental images. In fact, many liken hypnosis to mindfulness, meditation, and visualization practice. Contrary to popular misconceptions around this modality, hypnotized individuals are not asleep during hypnosis, instead, they are focused and in a state of deep relaxation — Individuals generally remember everything that occurs while in this state and they have agency throughout the entire process.
Hypnosis is accepted by the American Psychological Association and the National Institutes of Health and has shown medical and therapeutic benefits. Harvard University Medical Center, Stanford University Medical Center, University of Washington and UCLA are some of the many universities that have all conducted extensive research validating the efficacy of hypnosis in the treatment of PTSD, anxiety, stress, depression, chronic pain, eating disorders and addiction.
At Simply Being we are Certified Hypnotherapists and members of the National Guild of Hypnotists. We use our extensive knowledge of trauma and our clinical training to inform our practice of hypnotherapy. To learn more, click here:


Mindfulness Practice and Therapeutic Movement

Mindfulness is a way of befriending ourselves and our experience.” Jon Kabat-Zinn

Many of us sometimes find it difficult to sit with ourselves. We fill up our days with noise and activity, for fear of staying present. At Simply Being, we incorporate mindfulness practice and meditation in our work with clients. In both our personal and professional experience, we have found that mindfulness allows for many rejuvenating emotions, such as gratitude and self-compassion. These emotions can help us as we struggle with life’s challenges. At Simply Being, we also incorporate movement in many sessions, as yoga therapies and dance can help connect us with that part of ourselves that has been in the shadow and deserves light.


Sound Therapy 

Sound Therapy provides the opportunity to tap into the inner wisdom that the body holds and allows internal healing. As we partner with sound, our brain is able to go into a deeper meditative state as the vibrational nature of sound actually shifts the brain waves as well as the nervous system. This process eases the participant into expanded states of consciousness and relaxation.

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Reiki is a Japanese technique that helps to restore balance and harmony, relaxation and promotes healing. This modality treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects, increase ease,  promote recovery and increase vitality.


Additional Approaches

In addition to these approaches/modalities, Simply Being therapists are trained in a number of other interventions including:

Internal Family Systems (IFS) and Parts Work

Family Constellations

Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Attachment Regulation Competency (ARC)

Energetic and Holistic Practices

Sound Bath Healing


Art Therapy/Other Experiential and Movement Therapies

We develop personalized therapeutic plans to meet your needs.


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