If your answer to that question is "no," I suggest you call me. Life doesn't have to be a "downer," and helping people get past their mental roadblocks is what my practice has been all about.
I'm Dr. Lynn Karjala, Ph.D., DCEP, a licensed psychologist and life coach with over 30 years of clinical practice helping people with problems ranging from specific traumas to general depression.
There's a myth in our culture that you can't ever get over traumatic events, so you have to learn to live with them. I don't believe that. Within a nonjudgmental, caring atmosphere, my experience is that even the deepest wounds can be healed. The techniques I use, teach and write about are a blend of the best of traditional and innovative approaches, from "gold standard" cognitive-behavior therapy to clinical hypnosis to an exciting new field called energy psychology. So whether the wounds come from severe trauma, such as childhood abuse, or from "everyday trauma," such as criticism or bullying, it IS possible to recover and to live richly and fully. You don't forget what happened, but the events lose their emotional charge, so that they no longer bother you. They no longer color your thoughts, feelings and behavior. You can choose to recall them if you wish, or you can choose to put them out of mind.
My practice offers a variety of services, including psychotherapy and life coaching. I also offer consultation to mental health professionals on traditional methods of psychotherapy as well as on the growing field of energy psychology and the blending of conventional and innovative techniques.
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Have you ever asked yourself, "Why am I making such a big deal out of this?" The answer is that the event you're remembering is probably a form of everyday trauma, and many seemingly small events can cause ripples that are felt far down the stream of time. These events can have profound effects on our thoughts, feelings and behaviors even many years later. One of the major consequences of everyday trauma is the formation of the critical voice, the nagging, negative "voice" that we all have in our heads. This book helps readers learn creative, easy-to-use techniques to heal everyday trauma, eliminate self-defeating attitudes and behaviors, and live a more joyous and productive life.
Understanding Trauma and Dissociation unravels the mystery of dissociation for psychotherapists who treat the aftereffects of trauma as well as for trauma survivors and their loved ones. In clear language, it explains the connections between dissociation, trauma, and the devastating physical and psychological symptoms that stem from them. It offers a thorough understanding of the phases of trauma treatment, with practical techniques to minimize retraumatization during therapy. There is an enlightening description of how to recognize and overcome the internal system that is aimed, among other things, at derailing treament and preventing the patient from experiencing any hope of recovery. Finally, there is an introduction to mind-body techniques and their application to the treatment of trauma.
Taming Trauma Beasties is a valuable resource for mental health workers, parents and caregivers to help children recover from trauma. It empowers children by providing them with concepts typically reserved for adults. Through the use of clear, simple language and engaging drawings, children are able to learn about trauma, triggers, and flashbacks. A series of stories walks the reader through typical nontraumatic situations, skillfully showing how such situations can rapidly become terror-filled because some aspect of them triggers the memory of an earlier trauma. The Trauma Beastie concept allows treatment to begin immediately, even when the child is reluctant to talk about the traumatic event. It also acts as a container for deeply painful thoughts and feelings. After explaining the basic concepts, the book provides both traditional and innovative techniques that are easy to learn, fun to use, and very effective for healing the wounds of trauma. It is designed to be read aloud together by adults and children. It is easily appropriate for children age 9 and up but has been used with children as young as 6, especially as an adjunct to psychotherapy.