Role – Consultant, Facilitator
I am a licensed psychologist specializing in individual, couples, and parenting issues. Given the opportunity, people naturally move towards health and healing. I provide a safe and warm environment built on respect, collaboration and attunement.
My expertise includes the treatment for trauma recovery including childhood neglect, physical and sexual abuse. I treat experiences of relational trauma, accidents, rape, natural disasters, and combat trauma (soldiers and linguists). In addition, I work with those suffering from phobias, life transitions, relational issues, anxiety, depression, and addictions.
I bring an integrative and multi-faceted approach to therapy since one size does not fit all. I am certified in Attachment Focused Eye Movement, Desensitization and Reprocessing (an approved therapy for trauma by the WHO, VA and APA). I am an approved facilitator for the EMDR training workshops of Laurel Parnell, Ph.D. and an EMDRIA and PI Approved-Consultant.
I am a certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP). SE is a somatically based therapy, which tracks where in a person’s physiology they are stuck such as in the Orienting, Flight, Fright, and Freeze responses. This approach helps people to complete any self-protective patterns that were once beneficial, but that now create obstacles. SE’s aim is to release the thwarted survival energy that is bound in the body due to stress and trauma.
I have extensive theoretical and research knowledge relating to trauma and trauma treatment/recovery, with international experience providing trauma training for staff working with formerly trafficked children and in facilitating group therapy for newly rescued children.
My approach is embedded in contemporary and relational psychodynamic theories, which explores the interplay between our individual histories and current experiences, life choices and relationship patterns. The therapeutic relationship offers healing, understanding, and reprocessing of old patterns that once served to protect but may no longer be needed. Beyond symptom relief, the ultimate therapeutic goal is renewed growth and transformation, a vital sense of self, and the ability to handle uncomfortable emotions. Greater acceptance and compassion for oneself generally emanates towards others, as well.
Please feel free to contact me through my website: www.tracyartsonpsychologist.com or leave a message at 415-923-0866.
Years in Practice: 25
- Completed Approved EMDR Basic Training
- EMDR Certified
- EMDR Approved Consultant
- EMDR Facilitator
Approving / Certifying Organization: EMDRIA
- Adolescents (15-19)
- Panic/Anxiety Disorders
- Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
- Sexual/Physical/Emotional Abuse
Date completed basic EMDR training: 2012
Trainer: Laurel Parnell