You’ve been through something that has you shaken and full of doubt. You know life can be hard at times, but it isn’t supposed to feel like this. You may even remember a time before the trauma when you felt freer and lighter but you haven’t been able to figure out how to get back to that version of yourself.
You are used to being the person that other people turn to for support, but some days you feel as if you are walking on a tightrope. You look brave on the outside but inside you are tired and anxious and need someone to listen to you for a change.
You’re a woman who keeps putting one foot in front of the other. Same stuff, different day. You are surviving. But you know you could be thriving. Maybe there was a time when you felt more alive and in tune with yourself and the world around you, but lately you’ve just been going through the motions. You’re ready for a change. You’re ready to start seeing the world in color and not just in shades of gray.
I also specialize in working with people in recovery to help prevent relapse. If you have a history of substance abuse and have gotten sober, CONGRATULATIONS!! Maybe you worry that your addiction could steer you wrong and you would like some support staying sober. Living without self medicating can be scary. Addiction counseling and if needed, trauma therapy can help.
Welcome! My name is Lisa. I work with people who are struggling with trauma and PTSD. For some these feelings are related to having experienced a trauma or complicated relationships with family members. I am trained in a variety of therapeutic methods and can tailor my approach based on personal preference and age appropriateness. I am trained in EMDR, Brainspotting, and Art Therapy. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and a Clinical Licensed Art Therapist.
I provide a safe space for you to unburden any pain you have been carrying at a pace that is right for you. Over the course of my career, I have built up a repertoire of therapy approaches to meet your specific needs. As a therapist, I provide support and encouragement as well as EMDR, Brainspotting, Art Therapy, and addiction counseling. Beyond these modalities, I provide you a space to feel seen and heard. I will help you work through past trauma and in doing so, uncover your inner strengths.
It's been said that the eyes are the windows to the soul. Whether or not that's true, they can help you to work through difficult experiences. EMDR stands for eye movement desensitization and reprocessing. It is a model of trauma therapy that encourages you to focus on a traumatic or painful event for about 30-45 seconds at a time while having your eyes move back and forth. The eye movement seems to connect the left and right sides of the brain which appears to help improve a person's experience of the event. People who work with me, will say "I still clearly remember what happened. It was definitely bad, but it isn't causing distress to think about it anymore." What's more, is that there is often a physical sense of relief and lightness after completing a round of EMDR sessions indicating that the trauma that was stored in the body has shifted as well. EMDR is effective both in person and over telehealth.
Brainspotting is somewhat similar to EMDR, without the rapid eye-movement. Brainspotting is a brain-based trauma therapy that helps you access and heal unprocessed traumatic memories, including the sensory aspects of memories that traditional talk therapy tends to miss. Like EMDR, it can be effective in just a handful of sessions. For people who have had more intense trauma, such as repeated childhood abuse of any kind, it usually takes longer, but can offer significant relief as well.
Trauma-informed Art Therapy provides a safe and supportive space for you to process trauma and work towards healing. I integrate Art Therapy with EMDR and Brainspotting to ease trauma recovery. Art Therapy is often used for individuals who have experienced trauma and/or have PTSD. Trauma can result from various events, such as accidents, abuse, natural disasters, violence, or other distressing experiences.
It is not unusual for someone who has experienced trauma to use alcohol or other substances to numb themselves to avoid certain feelings or intrusive memories. Unfortunately by numbing uncomfortable experiences, pleasant feelings also get numbed. All the while negative consequences tend to pile up in relationships, health, the workplace, and sometimes run ins with law enforcement. You've already taken some steps to get sober. Now, you are figuring out how to live life without your substance of choice. You're also rebuilding your relationships and trying to build new ones. I'm here to offer support.
You get it done because someone has to. You dot all the i's and cross at the t's. It's EXAUSTING. And STRESSFUL and you haven't figured out how to ask for help. Even if you did, you'd have to explain how to help.
Let's find a way to shift the balance so that you can start to get your needs met. You deserve to rest without worrying about everything falling apart if you aren't on top of it at all times.
All sessions are 55 minutes
* I am happy to submit claims on your behalf for Out of Network Benefits to help you get reimbursed.
Lisa Donohue-Olivieri, LPC, LADC, CLAT, LPAT
63 Unquowa Rd Fairfield, CT, 06824
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