Preventing and Healing Stress Related Depression, Anxiety and Childhood Behavior
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Healing Resources

In this section you will find a list of training organizations and individuals educated to assist persons suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other symptoms caused by emotional abuse or emotional neglect resulting in relationship problems, psychological problems, learning problems and physical problems.

We assume, but cannot guarantee, that those listed either individually or on professional rosters meet our professional criteria for working with emotional or psychological trauma. Note that we categorize trauma as a developmental (early life) issue separate from stress related problems and requiring specialized training as described in the criteria below.

In offering a list of professional resources, we do not intend to imply that only professionals can be of help. Good friends, loved ones, close associates who care about us and are able to listen is a way that makes us "feel felt" as Daniel Siegel puts it, can also be enormously helpful-especially to young children.

Before beginning your search take a minute to read our professional criteria for listing on this site:

Criteria for professional listing on this site

Therapists who are listed here are expected to adhere to either (1) or (2) below:

1) Licensure as a mental health professional with at least two full years of specialized training in psychological/emotional trauma that includes: • recognition of the role brain structure and function plays in affecting psychological trauma,
• recognition of the role somatic experience plays in healing all forms of emotional trauma,
• recognition of the interface between brain structure and function and the role of interactive relationship in providing complete healing for early-life relational/developmental trauma.

2) Non-licensed, but at least two full years of specialized training as above in psychological/emotional trauma and somatic psychotherapy (bodywork that addresses the mind/body connection) from Somatic Experiencing, Integrative Body Psychotherapy, Hakomi, or other well-established programs.

The following training organizations and individuals say that they meet the above criteria. We, however, do not guarantee their adherence to our standards of training and experience nor their capabilities as professionals. It is up to you, the mental health consumer, to question thoroughly and decide whether or not a professional satisfies your individual needs: This site is commercial but contains information about Somatic Experiencing and Peter Levine PhD. Dr Levine's training focuses on single incident or shock trauma. The site contains a national listing of practitioners trained under the auspices of the Foundation for Human Enrichment This is the Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) site. Scroll down the left hand side of this site to first learn more about EMDR and its creator Dr. Francine Shapiro. The list of topics includes Referral To An EMDR Trained Clinician all of whom are licensed clinicians (or graduate students under supervision of a licensed clinician) specifically trained in EMDR.

Name: Marcy Axness, Ph.D.
Work Address: Offices in Granada Hills and Santa Monica
Work Phone: 818.366.7310

Professional Title: Early Development Specialist

Professional Specialty/Type of Practice: Psycho-education (counseling & education) for parents and professionals, in how to support optimal early development from pre-conception; address fertility issues holistically; and address existing developmental challenges through the parenting and caregiving relationships. Attachment focus.

Professional License/Education/Training: Doctorate in Early Human Development, with a specialization in prenatal and perinatal development; trained in the Whole Person Fertility ProgramSM; well-known adoption writer, speaker, and counselor addressing the social, psychological, and spiritual issues involved in relinquishment, adoptive parenting, and the experience of the adopted person.

Years in practice: 10

Name: Diana Fosha. Ph.D.
Work Address: 80 University Place, New York, NY 10003
Work Phone: 212 645-8465

Professional Title: Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

Professional Specialty/Type of Practice: My practice is in AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy). I do individual psychotherapy with adults and specialize in working with both trauma and traumatic loss. My way of working is highly collaborative and active and aims to engage from early on the resilience and strength and wisdom of my patient strength, resilience and resources my patient might have lost touch with. My way of working integrates attachment, dynamic, experiential and body-focused approaches and is highly focused on the healing power of emotion, properly regulated, and of the relationship (connection) that develops between two fellow human beings engaged in a powerful journey together.

Professional License/ Education/ Training: Psychology License New York State. Post graduate training in experiential short-term dynamic psychotherapy, EMDR and other approaches.

Years in practice: 20

Additional or Recommended Resources: Fosha, Diana, Ph.D., The Transforming Power of Affect (Basic Books, 2000).

Name: Blanche Freund, PhD
Work Address: Brief Therapy Center, 276 NE 27th St., Miami Fl. 33137
Work Phone: 305-573-1733
Work Fax: 305-576-2355

Professional Title: Clinical Psychologist, Vol. Associate Professor Psychology, Psychiatry, University Miami, Co-director of the Trauma Treatment Program

Professional Specialty/Type of Practice: CBT, EMDR (certified), Sex Therapy (certified), Intensive Behavior Therapy Trauma and OCD

I supervise clinical graduate student in trauma treatments that are provided through the Psychological Services, a Community Mental Health training site for University of Miami Psychology graduate students. This program has a sliding scale. President Elect for the Society for Sex therapy and Research (SSTAR) and Co-coordinator for the South Florida EMDR Study Group

Professional License/ Education/Training: Psychology and Nursing license in Fl., PhD, SIU-Carbondale; Training in Sex Therapy, NYMC; and EMDR Institute trained

Years in practice: Psychology 1986, sex therapy 1975, EMDR, 1991.

Name: Vivian Gold, Ph.D.
Work Address: West Los Angeles, Ca. 90034
Work Phone: 310 470-0646
Work Fax: 310 470-0277

Professional Title: Clinical and Consulting Psychologist

Professional Specialty/Type of Practice: Clinical Psychology, with specialization in adult and family trauma. I have specialized in cross-cultural issues, group relations, and treat people with various cultural backgrounds, I have worked with veterans for 13 years with military and other traumas. I have specialized in women's mental health, also, and deal with developmental traumas, sexual traumas, loss and mourning. I am trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy, as well as EMDR and Somatic Experiencing. I have found Somatic Experiencing especially helpful in allowing people to use their own resources to create a healing vortex, and work through the trauma vortex to reach new levels of healing, joy and competence.

Professional License/ Education/ Training:
Licensed Psychologist: PSY 4244.
Ph.D. Columbia University 1973
M.A. UCLA 1964
B.A. UCLA 1963
Internship: UC San Francisco Langley Porter 69-70
Specialized training in EMDR and Somatic Experiencing

Years in practice: 30 years

Name: Benjamin Lipton, LCSW
Work Address: 156 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1116, New York, NY       
Work Phone: 212-691-5396
Work Fax: 212-691-5396

Professional Title: Social Worker

Professional Specialty/Type of Practice:I specialize in Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP), a model that recognizes that mind and body are part of the same overall system and must both be integrated into a model of psychotherapy that aims to achieve optimal well-being.  AEDP specifically targets repair of and recovery from trauma through the integration of neurobiology, attachment theory, and body-oriented modalities within a psychodynamic framework.  I have particular expertise in working with gay men, lesbians, and bisexually identified individuals.  Please see the website, for further information.

Professional License/ Education/ Training:
LCSW / BA Yale Univeristy,
MSW and Doctoral training at New York Univeristy

Years in practice: 12 years

Name: Regalena Melrose, Ph.D.
Work Address: 1045 Prospect Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90804
Work Phone: (562) 756-8406
Work Fax: (949) 623-8228

Professional Title: Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, Credentialed School Psychologist

Professional Specialty/Type of Practice: Trauma Healing Specialist, Children, Adolescents, Adults

Professional License/ Education/ Training:
Licensed through the California Board of Psychology;
Educated at McGill University, Montreal, Canada:
B.A. in Psychology; M.A. in Developmental Psychology;
Ph. D. in Clinical Child and School Psychology (APA accredited program);
Trained at St. Raphael Center, Montreal, Canada;
Child Guidance Center, Santa Ana, CA; Long Beach Unified School District; and, Family Service of Long Beach, a private, non-profit agency.

Years in practice: Seven

Additional or Recommended Resources:

Name: Nadia Natali
Work Address: P O Box 1318, Ojai CA 93024
Work Phone: 805 646 1822
Work Fax: 805 646 2882

Professional Title: Dance Therapist MA.

Professional Specialty: Specializes in using dance therapy for healing/working with trauma.

Type of Practice: Nadia Natali offers workshops in Healing Trauma through Movement. She has developed a unique way of working with trauma through integral- dance and verbal processing.

Professional License/Education/Training: Nadia has an MA in Dance Therapy and a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (certified in Peter Levine's three-year training in trauma work). Currently she is in a doctoral program in Somatic Psychology, at the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute and is finishing her three-year training in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy in June.

Years in practice: Five years in practice.

Name: Mary Jane Pringle, MSW, CISW
Work Address: Turning Points Therapy, 2327 E. First Street, Tucson AZ 85719
Work Phone:520-322-9184
Work Fax: 520-322-9184 (call by voice first)

Professional Title: MSW, CISW

Professional Specialty/Type of Practice: Trauma recovery, DID / Adults

Professional License/ Education/ Training: Certified Independent Social Worker, Master of Social Work, EMDR Level II

Years in practice: 8 years

Name: Marjorie L. Rand Ph.D.
Work Address: 616 N. Poinsettia Ave., Manhattan Beach CA 90266
Work Phone: 310-937-0053
Work Fax: 310-937-0053

Professional Title: Psychotherapist and Trainer

Professional Specialty/Type of Practice:Somatic Psychotherapy, Pre and Perinatal Psychotherapy with pregnant couples, parents and infants, children, adults, couples, sexuality, women's issues, developmental trauma, attachment disorders

Professional License/ Education/ Training: MA, Ph.D., CA MFT Lic#MQi4226 Certified Master Trainer, Integrative Body Psychotherapy, trained by William Emerson in Pre and Perinatal Psychotherapy, Family Therapy, Couples Therapy, Sex Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Self Psychology, Body/Mind Psychotherapy

Years in practice: 29 yrs.

Additional or Recommended Resources: Rosenberg , J., Rand , M.L., (1985) Body, self and soul; sustaining integration, Atlanta: Humanics
Rothschild, B., Rand, Marjorie L., (2005) Help for the helper; the mind and body of burn-out, vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue, New York: W.W. Norton

Name: Gina Ross, MS
Work Address: 269 S Lorraine Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90004
Work Phone: (323) 930-2151
Work Fax: (323) 935-8417

Professional Title: MFT, MS, author, founding President of International Trauma-Healing Institute (USA), and co-founder of the Israeli Trauma Center in Jerusalem.

Professional Specialty/Type of Practice: Gina Ross, MFT, is founding President of International Trauma-Healing Institute (USA) and co-founder of the Israeli Trauma Center in Jerusalem. Trained in cognitive behavioral and somatic approaches she specializes in trauma therapy and cross-cultural therapy in 7 languages (Arabic, English, French, Hebrew, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish). Ross has presented at international conferences and appeared on radio and television as a trauma expert. Currently she works with Israeli and Palestinian society and media to bring about understanding of the role of trauma in Middle Eastern politics. Services offered by Gina Ross include Cross-cultural, couple, individual, family, trauma work. She has authored Beyond the Trauma Vortex: The Media's Role in Healing Fear, Terror, and Violence and several other scholarly articles.

Professional License/ Education/ Training:
MFT, California Licensed, License Number: MFC22453
Certifications: Systemic Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, EMDR, TIR, EFT, Cross-Cultural Therapy

Years in practice: Practicing Since 1984

Additional or Recommended Resources: Ross, Gina. Beyond the Trauma Vortex: The Media's Role in Healing Fear, Terror, and Violence.

Name: Darling G. Villena-Mata, Ph.D., C.Ht.
Work Address: Northern Virginia; servicing nationally and internationally
Work Phone: 703.339.8871

Professional Title: Consultant, Trainer, Hypnotherapist

Professional Specialty/Type of Practice: Consultant, Writer, and Trainer in areas of the effects of domestic and international societal trauma, intercultural issues, and conflict resolution. Published books and several articles in the areas of post-traumatic stress, trauma coping skills; effects of racism, sexism, and other isms; global and domestic terrorism's effects; and much more. Hypnotherapist, specializing in the effects of psychological trauma, pain, stress management, phobias, and difficulties that need transforming into adventures for one's soul. Trauma specialists, focusing on domestic violence, child abuse, torture, rape, hate crimes, societal traumas (be it domestic or international), power harassment, natural and human-made disasters.

Professional License/ Education/ Training: Ph.D. in social psychology (concentration in psychological trauma and conflict); Master's in clinical psychology (specializing in marriage, family, and individuals); trainer of trainers in areas of intercultural matters, communication issues in group and dyads; trauma and healing; trainer in 'hot topic' issues.

Years in practice: Consultation, training and technical assistance since 1989. Hypnotherapy since 1991. Writer since 1986. Has worked in the trauma field since 1986.

Additional or Recommended Resources: Villena-Mata, Darling G., Ph.D.. Walking Between Winds: A Passage Through Societal Trauma and Its Healing Discrimination's Impact on Love, Safety, Health, and Conflict

Name: Jane R. Wheatley-Crosbie, MSW, LCSW
Work address: Santa Monica, CA.
Work Phone: 310-392-1975

Professional title: Psychotherapist (LCS #5276)

Professional specialty: Embodied depth psychotherapy with adults, couples, groups. Specializing in early developmental attachment trauma and related chronic conditions: relationship difficulties, depression, somatization (multiple physical symptoms), anxiety/panic, eating disorders, and dissociation, among others. Integrating Jungian and somatic approaches with object relations theory and interpersonal neurobiology. Discovering the soul's unique path toward wholeness. Tools include: client/therapist relationship, somatic tracking, dreamwork, voice dialogue, mind/brain/body education.

Professional Training:
1965 - BA in Education from University of the Pacific
1973 - MSW from UCLA School of Social Work
1991 - Completion of analyst training program -C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles
2001 - Certification as a Somatics Experiencing Practitioner
2000-present - Member, Allan Schore's study group in developmental affective neuroscience

Years in practice: Over thirty years experience as a psychotherapist.

Related Experience:
1971-present - Practitioner, various personal mindbody healing techniques including yoga, Authentic Movement, Continuum, sound healing, shamanism
1995-present - Member, Lobsang Rapgay's Tibetan Buddhist Meditation group for psychotherapists Throughout my lifetime, music has always been my companion, inspiration, and favorite vehicle for creative expression. Having performed as a singer since early childhood, in later life-through a process of personal soulwork-I was led by my nocturnal dreams to compose original songs for my own mindbody healing.

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