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 seventeen 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 have recovered). 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 after two sessions of EMDR (a powerful trauma modality developed and rigorously researched at Stanford University) she was back to being herself. 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 fight/ 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
Associate Clinical Director

Eryn Barrett has dedicated her life to healing and transforming the lives of those who suffer from trauma. She is passionate about helping her clients remember and reconnect to their true selves; prior to the events that wounded their self concept and created self destructive patterns. Eryn delights in seeing her clients heal rapidly and permanently. She is an expert in the most effective trauma modalities such as Brainspotting and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. (EMDR) Eryn is goal oriented therapist and measures her clients progress on a regular basis. Eryn has trained in every aspect of trauma for many years. She uses an integrated approach to therapy in order to provide a customized treatment plan for each client. She 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. She graduated from the University of San Francisco with a Masters degree in Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. Eryn serves as the Associate Clinical Director at Pacific Trauma and coordinates our Intensive Outpatient Program.

Jena Salvi
Marriage and Family Therapy Registered 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 Brainspotting, 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.

Kelly Larson
Marriage and Family Therapy Registered Intern  

Kelly is trained in the powerful healing modality of Brainspotting and is passionate about connecting the brain and the body to clear emotional pain and trauma. Kelly has extensive experience working with teens and their parents, and is trained in Positive Discipline to help families with healthier communication and more loving and respectful relationships. Kelly felt called to be a therapist at a very young age and combines her natural gift to connect deeply with clients, and her training and skills to provide a safe, open, and healing environment. Kelly graduated with a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology/Marriage and Family Therapy from Azusa Pacific University and enjoys working with Individuals, couples, and families to help them reach their full potential.

Madison Greenwood 
Marriage and Family Therapy Trainee  

Madison is trained in Brainspotting, a cutting edge trauma modality that promotes deep processing and the release and resolution of trauma. She is dedicated to helping clients heal by providing a nonjudgemental, safe and loving environment for her clients to explore their past and present hurts. She enjoys working with all ages and all walks of life, and also strongly believes in combining the body, mind, and spirit to promote healing. She completes her Masters degree in Counseling at Grand Canyon University in June. Madison received her undergraduate degree from New Mexico State where she also played volleyball. Madison enjoys helping athletes that suffer from performance anxiety to overcome their fear and play "in the zone" at their highest level. Her passions outside of therapy are spending time in the outdoors with her husband, drawing, painting and coaching volleyball. Madison believes that she has been called to this profession and is dedicated to showing grace and love to all that she comes in contact with. Madison works for our non-profit organization, Pacific Trauma Specialists and has a sliding scale fee to accommodate those who may not be able to afford outstanding trauma therapy and counseling.

Kathleen Jones
Marriage and Family Therapy Trainee

Kathleen has undergone intensive training in Brainspotting, an effective cutting edge tool that she can use to help her clients heal from traumatic experiences of all kinds. In addition to Brainspotting, and other trauma-based therapies, she is trained in cognitive behavioral therapy, strength based therapy, and counseling individuals suffering from codependency and the effects of addiction. She is passionate about working with adults, as well as couples, experiencing life transitions. Her desire to help children and teens navigate life’s challenges stems from her own experiences as the mother of two college-age sons. She will complete her Master’s degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of San Francisco in May 2017. She received her undergraduate degree from UC Davis and enjoys running, yoga and meditation.  Kathleen works for our non-profit organization, Pacific Trauma Specialists, and has a sliding scale fee to accommodate clients who otherwise might not be able to afford outstanding trauma therapy and counseling.

Kevin Leonard
Marriage and Family Therapy Trainee

Kevin, who will graduate in May with a Masters in Counseling Psychology from the University of San Francisco, is trained extensively in Brainspotting. His passion for Brainspotting and its effectiveness helps Kevin connect on a deeper level with his clients; allowing for a stronger healing relationship. Kevin enjoys working with those who struggle with anxiety, depression, social anxiety, addictions, and unresolved trauma. Kevin collaborates with his clients using a strength based focus. He likes working with individuals, particularly adolescent, young adults and adult males, as well as couples and families. Outside of the office Kevin has fun spending time with his English Bulldog, Dean and is an avid golfer and reader.

Stacy Whittingham
Yoga Instructor and Nutritional Consultant

Stacy’s love of yoga continues to grow as she observes the transformational effects a regular yoga practice has on students, community, and within her own life. “Strengthening the body is wonderful, but strengthening the body, mind, spirit, and our community brings healing and wholeness. In this place, anything is possible.” Music and devotion play a supporting role in all of Stacy’s classes. She loves the Bhakti traditions which are often described as the yogic path of devotion, emotion, love, compassion, and service to God and others.In addition to Vinyasa and Yin Yoga Stacy also offers educational workshops focusing on “Practicing Kitchen Yoga” and the preparation of whole and living foods. She specializes in guided cleanses and offers private yoga sessions, meditation instruction, nutritional consultations, and guided cleanses.