“Life is a traumatizing event.” – Daria Halprin
The original research into PTSD treatment focused on the extreme trauma experienced by veterans of war. Further research revealed that the body and the mind can also register painful life events as traumatic. Traumatic experiences happen every day. Trauma, or, experiences that bring about disturbing feelings and sensations within, can be integrated.
My approach begins with establishing trust within the therapeutic relationship, so that a client feels safe enough to truly heal. Holding a nonjudgmental and caring space, filled with unconditional positive regard, is paramount.
“Traumatized human beings recover in the context of relationships. The role of those relationships is to provide physical and emotional safety, including safety from feeling shamed, admonished, or judged, and to bolster the courage to tolerate, face, and process the reality of what has happened.” – Bessel Van Der Kolk
I can help you process the events of your life that bring you to therapy. While talking about trauma can be a departure point for therapy, it is often not enough. In my experience, and also in the experience of empirical researchers, alternative modalities can better assist in the full release and proper integration of traumatic experiences.
Processes like EMDR, Somatic Psychotherapy, LENS Neurofeedback, and Expressive Arts Therapy provide tangible, visceral results that lend themselves toward freedom from the past and greater resiliency in the future.
“Recovery from trauma involves the restoration of executive functioning and, with it, self-confidence and the capacity for playfulness and creativity.” – Bessel Van Der Kolk
It is my greatest wish for you that you find peace with your past, as well as have the flexibility and adaptability to better handle what may come moving forward. I will empower you with the tools you need to feel safe, confident, and truly alive in your life. Come join me on this journey, I am excited to meet you!
Heidi Landgraf is prepared to assist you to breakthrough.
Heidi Landgraf has worked with the mind-body connection for over 20 years. She has an MA in Counseling Psychology, and has additionally trained in Movement-Based Expressive Arts Therapy with Anna and Daria Halprin, Iyengar and Anusara Yoga with Maritza, and Vipassana Meditation with Ruth Denison. She is an EMDRIA approved EMDR therapist. She has also trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) with Linehan approved instructors and has over a decade of experience in varied hospital settings teaching psychoeducational groups, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), DBT, Motivational Interviewing, and Solution Focused Therapy. She has completed the trainings in Compassion Cultivation at Stanford University, as well as the full suite of trainings offered by OchsLabs in the administration of FDA approved LENS Neurofeedback. She finds that working with these myriad approaches, hand-tailored to your specific situation, can greatly improve issues with anxiety, depression, ADHD, sleep disorders, PTSD, and more. Her greatest joy has been helping people achieve resiliency and meet their personal goals.
I want to hear from you!
I look forward to sharing all I have to offer – and can’t wait to meet you and hear your story, too.
Call (415) 450-9644 today to take your first small step to a lasting breakthrough.