Lisa Larson has been a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for the past fifteen years. After seven years in private practice doing “cognitive-behavioral” or “talk therapy” Lisa had a life-altering event that changed the course of her life and transformed her therapeutic orientation. She and her son flat lined (or clinically died) in 2005 from two different allergic reactions three weeks apart. (Both are alive) Lisa was acutely traumatized with the normal symptoms of trauma; loss of appetite, insomnia, anxiety, panic, restlessness, hyper- vigilance, and constant retriggering of the traumatic events. She had a classic case of PTSD. No amount of talk therapy worked. But two sessions of EMDR, (a powerful trauma modality developed and rigorously researched at Stanford University) and she was back to being herself after two sessions. As Lisa continued to train in the most powerful trauma modalities, she saw her traumatized clients heal quickly and permanently. She learned that her years as a talk therapist were missing the most crucial piece required to heal those with simple or severe trauma,The Body. Those with complex trauma and PTSD are enslaved by their own neurophysiology. True healing requires releasing the individual from the trapped body memories that trigger chronic flight/ flight or numb/ freeze responses. No amount of talking or praying can remove the body’s relentless hold on the traumatized.
A dream was born in Lisa. She was determined to do something about the unnecessary physical, emotional, mental and spiritual torment of the traumatized. She opened Pacific Trauma Specialists, a non-profit dedicated to offering the most cutting edge trauma modalities to anyone who suffers. She brought out the best trauma clinicians in the world to train her staff in releasing trauma from the body, mind, heart and spirit. She is passionate about letting the world know that trauma and PTSD are not something you have to live with and that freedom is possible.
“I have searched far and wide for the most powerful and effective treatments for emotional trauma. The results I have experienced with my clients have been so fast and transformative for them that I have devoted my life to the mission of educating the public and treating those who suffer from emotional trauma with the best treatment modalities available. As a therapist who spent years doing Cognitive-Behaviorial or "talk therapy", I am amazed at how fast and deeply most clients heal with these phenomenal trauma therapies."
Lisa Larson, Director
Kirsten has worked with a variety of emotional stress release modalities for the past 20 years. Somatic trauma techniques including The Comprehensive Resource Model, a trauma modality that employs brain-based physiological safety as the foundation for healing (CRM, Lisa Schwarz) , Somatic Archaeology (Ruby Gibson), Brainspotting (David Grand), Heart Centered Therapy (Chikly Institute) and Naturopathy. Her goal is to help clients remove the limitations of fear-based thoughts, unresolved trauma, triggers that induce stress, and unwanted emotional & behavioral patterns. CRM (main modality used) is a very gentle process that goes deep into the neurophysiology helping to down-regulate your nervous system around the targeted issues. Releasing traumatic material from the nervous system, old patterns of thoughts and beliefs that no longer serve you, finding your joy again and experiencing a new way of "being". Outside of work Kirsten enjoys tennis, running her dog Lucy and spending time with her husband, four adult children and two Grandsons.
Andy incorporates a wide range of therapeutic techniques in his practice. He is very interested in the latest research in neurobiology & mindfulness which proves the brains ability to "rewire" itself. This helps his clients to work through issues quickly in a gentle way with a very solution focused approach. Andy is a firm believer in the concept of the mind, body, and spirit connection. His main goal is to help his clients find their joy again. Andy works with individuals, couples and children. In his spare time he and his wife enjoy hiking in the mountains, cross country skiing,and playing tennis.
Eryn Barrett is trained in somatic modalities such as EMDR and Brainspotting and is a graduate from the University of San Francisco with a Masters degree in Counseling/Marriage and Family Therapy. Eryn uses an integrated approach to therapy in order to provide a customized treatment plan for each client. Eryn works with people of all ages, genders and sexual orientations providing a safe, non judgmental environment where her clients are able to heal from unresolved trauma, recognize their strengths and rebuild relationships. Her desire is to walk along side her clients as they seek to rediscover their deepest truths and live authentic joyful lives.
Jeanine is dedicated to help clients resolve and release the layers of conscious and unconscious unresolved trauma that keep them stuck in unhealthy patterns of thought, feeling, emotion, and behavior. Her deepest desire is to assist her clients as they uncover and rediscover their deepest truths and strengths to live a life of authentic self-expression, self-love, fulfillment, inner and outer peace, and joyful relationships. Jeanine supports clients of all ages, genders, and sexual orientations in a safe, comfortable, non- judgmental therapeutic atmosphere. Jeanine graduated from Grand Canyon University with a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy in October of 2013 and has pursued additional training in; EMDR, Feeling State Addiction Protocol (FSAP), Brainspotting, the Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM), Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM), and Reiki Healing.
April’s heart desired to be a grief, trauma, and bereavement counselor at the age of 21, but the journey to counseling would first involve being an elementary teacher and administrating Special Education at a junior college. However enjoyable these positions were, the love of counseling continued to grow and April left the field of education to embrace supporting others in their life journey. April’s personal experience with multiple losses, as well as her own special needs children, provided a rich training ground in therapy and increased April’s desire to release trauma and grief in others, as well as support issues of anxiety, depression, adjustment, special needs for children/adults, and family conflict. She has received training in EMDR and Brainspotting, as well as training in Grief/Bereavement/Illness and CBT/DBT. April also loves incorporating EMDR, play, art, and behavioral interventions when working with children and teens.
Jena Salvi is a graduate from CSU Sacramento with a Masters in Counseling/Marriage and Family Therapy. She has trained in EMDR, Somatic Experiencing (Peter Levine), Family Systems, and Narrative Therapy and also specializes in Gender Identity Issues. Jena provides a safe, nonjudgemental, and expansive environment for her clients to explore and resolve the physical and emotional pain that arises from experiencing trauma. Jena strongly believes in working with the mind, body, and spirit to help her clients become more healthy, joyful, and integrated. Outside of counseling she received a Minors Degree in Dance from San Francisco State University and enjoys dancing, yoga, cooking, and hiking with her dog Shasta.
Stephanie is dedicated to healing those who suffer from emotional trauma on a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual level. Stephanie worked as a massage therapist for over ten years. A large part of her clientele was referred to her for trauma healing from abuse and terminal illness. Her journey led her to working with stage three and four cancer patients and their families. Stephanie became disillusioned with just offering short-term comfort. She wanted to heal trauma and truly bring transformation on the deepest level.
Stephanie is trained in the most cutting edge trauma modalities available. She has completed training in Heart Centered Therapy, and the Comprehensive Resource Model created by the co-founder of Brainspotting. She holds a B.S from Arizona State University in Healthy Lifestyle Coaching. Stephanie has a huge heart for peace officers, emergency responders and military personnel because many of her family members have served. Stephanie believes through her experiences that talk therapy is insufficient to truly heal trauma. She is thrilled to offer her clients a safe and nurturing therapeutic environment that heals the body, mind and spirit while challenging unwanted beliefs and behaviors. Stephanie is a spiritual and loving warrior in the therapy room.