MEET OUR STAFF

​Lisa Larson
Marriage and Family Therapist, Director of PCTC

 

Individual, Couples, and Family Counseling in Folsom

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

Individual, Couples, and Family Counseling in Folsom
Eryn Barrett
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

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.

Individual, Couples, and Family Counseling in Folsom
Jeanine Bogart
Marriage and Family Therapy Intern  

 

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 Garr 
Marriage and Family Therapy Intern  

 

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
Marriage and Family Therapy Intern  

 

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 Christl 
Somatic Trauma Therapist   

 

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.

 

Jo Williams
Somatic Healer and Somatic Trauma Therapist

 

After many years in the corporate world and as an elementary school teacher, the world of heart-centered body therapies opened to Jo following the death of a loved one. Inspired to assist others in their final passage, Jo embarked on the path of training in the field of massage and energy work so that she could be present to support those nearing death. She served with the national  organization Compassion in Action until she founded her own non-profit organization, Healing Hands-Healing Hearts, providing bodywork and energy work to the terminally and chronically ill in the Sacramento region. After seven years of administering the non-profit, Jo began her private bodywork practice in earnest. She pursued additional healing modalities including Cranial Sacral 

Therapy, Myofascial Release therapy (as taught by John F. Barnes) and Brainspotting. Her experiences with hundreds of patients and clients have led Jo to trust the innate healing wisdom of the body, to honor the process of each individual and to lovingly support those working through pain, anxiety and trauma. Her private practice has been established for fourteen years, first in Sacramento and then Mendocino CA. In 2014, Jo inspired the creation of the Mendocino Center for Spiritual Living Healing Center which offers complimentary energy work to the coastal community. She is honored to be invited to bring her healing hands and heart to the Pacific Trauma Center. When not in sessions, Jo delights in her rich, full life on the Mendocino 

coast, living and traveling with her husband Kevin and their dog Dillon.