Welcome to Safe and Sound
healing safely from trauma
healing safely from trauma
Unrecognized trauma can leave one feeling fragmented, unsettled, and disconnected. These feelings take a toll on daily functioning, relationships, and health in general. When it has not been enough to talk about it, the body, heart, and spirit need to speak, too. Making connection with a trustworthy trauma-focused therapist can open the gateway to liberation from these paralyzing conditions and thereby begin to restore wholeness.
The human body-mind is a musical instrument that seeks resonance with other humans. Working with a professional music therapist one can sound the depths and discern the way forward out of distress. Music therapy commonly utilizes other creative modalities, such as visual arts, movement, and metaphor to find imaginative routes to self-understanding and expressivity.
HeartMath® has discovered that our heart rhythm patterns are the best reflection of our inner state. By adding heart, you can shift in the moment into a state of balance and renewing feelings, such as appreciation, care, love and compassion. Proven to help you reduce stress and anxiety by increasing your inner balance and coherence, HeartMath® helps you access your heart’s rhythms and intuition to become the best version of yourself more often. It starts with a sound heart.
SE™ psychobiological trauma resolution is a potent method for resolving trauma symptoms and relieving chronic stress. Trauma does not rest in the event, but rather in the individual’s nervous system. The method does not require the traumatized person to retell or relive events. Instead, it offers the opportunity to engage, complete, and resolve – in a slow and supported way – the body’s instinctual fight, flight, and freeze responses, releasing stored trauma energy and restoring a sound nervous system.
By highlighting the primary role of the body and emphasizing its equal importance to the mind, NATouch™ addresses emotional, relational, and developmental deficits that cannot be reached by verbal means alone. A polyvagal-informed psychobiological approach, NATouch™ integrates the key elements of somatic psychotherapy, attachment and developmental theory, psychodynamic psychotherapy, and affective and interpersonal neurobiology. Safe touch serves as a vital bridge to body-mind soundness.
ART accesses the brain’s neuroplasticity to reprogram the way distressing images and memories are stored in the brain, so that they no longer trigger strong physical and emotional reactions…while leaving the facts intact. ART uses visualization techniques and attention to the body’s responses to distressing images or memories, enhanced through the use of rapid eye movements, to create new neural connections, restoring sound communication between brain hemispheres and brain levels. ART reinforces positive memories and provides new information to the body-mind, allowing for rapid restoration of functioning and sense of wellbeing.
The Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) is an evidenced-based listening therapy designed to reduce sound sensitivities and improve auditory processing, behavioral state regulation, and social engagement behaviors through specially filtered music. The five-hour auditory intervention - developed and patented by Dr. Stephen Porges, author of Polyvagal Theory - acts as a non-invasive, acoustic vagal nerve stimulator, helping to retune the nervous system to better support connection, collaboration, and resilience. The SSP involves listening to specially filtered music through headphones alongside a provider, in-person or remotely. It addresses trauma, anxiety, sensory processing differences, and more.
Do you accept insurance?
I do not acceptance insurance. I work with you to make this an affordable investment in your health. The initial consultation is complimentary.
Do you work with my primary therapist?
I welcome collaboration with your existing providers, with your permission.
What are your credentials and experience?
I maintain the “Music Therapist-Board Certified” credential, administered by the Certification Board for Music Therapists.
I have been a HeartMath® licensed provider since 2008, and stay current with research and technology.
I hold a Master of Arts degree in Psychology.
I am Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner, and continue my professional development in touch skills with Kathy Kain and Aline La Pierre.
I am an ART Basic trained practitioner.
I have been working in addiction treatment since 2016.
I have completed Foundation Training in NeuroAffective Touch.
I am certified by Unyte iLs as a
Safe and Sound Protocol Provider.
Do you use social media?
I do not use social media. I take the confidentiality of your treatment very seriously and believe there is no place for social media in our work.