The goal of our trauma therapy team is to help you find relief from past traumas or incidents that are affecting your life now. We are leaders in the field and specifically trained to help people recover from traumas, big or small. All therapists at our center have their Master’s Degrees in Psychology. Additionally, we are trained in Somatic therapies, EMDR, Brainspotting, CBT, the Havening Technique, Psychodynamic and much more.  Please give us a call so we may match you up with a clinician that matches your needs.

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SARAH SCHUPACK, LMFT

CLINICAL DIRECTOR

Sarah Schupack, LMFT, has been helping clients overcome trauma since 2009. She is a compassionate, caring, and empathetic therapist with a strong desire to help clients move beyond past situations that are keeping them stuck. Sarah incorporates Brainspotting (BSP), Somatic therapy, and other modalities to treat trauma. Because she is trained in Internal Family Systems (IFS), she knows that different parts of the self can get in the way of healing. She listens to and validates these parts so they can be known and heard. When these parts are witnessed and understood, people are often feel less anxiety and have more access to choice.

Clients say they like her compassionate attitude and balanced approach. If you are looking to move out of old patterns and be more free in life, her approach may what could help get you there.

Call Sarah Schupack, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT #84326) at 855-997-7101.

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VICTORIA ANDERSON, LMFT

Victoria Anderson, LMFT, has been working with clients to help them recover from addiction and other life issues for over 25 years.

Early trauma often will have a significant impact on a person’s current relationships. Victoria’s number one goal is to help her clients work through their trauma so they can have the relationships they desire. She guides clients to discover what is or is not working in their relationships and to have compassion for themselves as they grow and change in this process.

Additionally, she specializes in anxiety, depression and addictions as they relate to early trauma so her clients can lead vital, happy and productive lives. Victoria incorporates EMDR (with EMDRIA Approved Stephen Dansiger, Psy.D. LMFT), TRM, Havening, Somatic therapy, and other modalities in her trauma therapy sessions. She knows people want to feel empowered, at ease and strong, and is dedicated to helping you get there.

Working with Victoria will help you improve your relationships by moving beyond trauma and into health. Call Victoria Anderson, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#113877) at 855-997-7101.

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TRACY SANTOMARCO, AMFT

Tracy Santomarco, AMFT, believes empathy and support provide a safe place for clients to explore what they may have spent a lifetime attempting to avoid… until now.

Tracy uses a collaborative approach incorporating Brainspotting, EMDR (with EMDRIA Approved Stephen Dansiger, Psy.D. LMFT), Somatic therapy, and other trauma modalities to help clients identify longterm issues, uncover barriers to healing, explore the origin of behavioral patterns, and set goals to begin living the life they deserve.

Tracy’s ability to listen and encourage open communication has evolved through a 25-year career in the entertainment industry. This career path allowed her to work with a variety of individuals who were addressing relationship issues, victimization from sexual assault/abuse, addiction, trauma, and the pressures of celebrity life. Tracy believes her background has helped her to create a nonjudgmental and welcoming environment for clients to discuss their path toward healing as well.

Clients say they like her knowledge of the fast paced world of entertainment and that she understands the stresses they face as they work with their issues to feel better.

Tracy Santomarco, AMFT Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (#105213) is in supervision with Sarah Schupack (LMFT #84326). She went through a rigorous interview process. We are proud to have her as part of our team. Call 855-997-7101 to book an appointment today.

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MARY BARBOUR, AMFT

Mary Barbour, AMFT, helps clients access living their best life by working through the issues that are keeping them stuck. She integrates talk therapy with the evidence-based therapies of EMDR (with EMDRIA Approved Stephen Dansiger, Psy.D. LMFT) and Somatic Therapy to process and release negative thoughts and memories that get in the way of moving forward. Neuroscience research shows that people can rewire their brains to create a new normal. This work can be healing and transformational, cultivating connection, confidence, and clarity.

Mary’s path towards becoming a therapist was informed by her work as a registered dietitian nutritionist.  She realized she wanted to work not only with eating disorders but also with the core issues underneath. This led to a career of helping clients who suffer from anxiety, stress, trauma,  life transitions, and societal pressures. Mary creates a supportive environment to provide what clients need in the moment.

Clients appreciate Mary’s sincere and thoughtful approach to what is going on in their lives and her approaches to help them transform themselves.

Call Mary Barbour Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (#111082) in supervision with Sarah Schupack (LMFT #84326) at 855-997-7101.

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JENNIFER DODD, LCSW

For over a decade Jennifer Dodd, LCSW, has been helping people recover from a variety of trauma and life issues.

Jennifer offers telehealth sessions incorporating Somatic therapy, EMDR, Internal Family Systems (IFS), and mindfulness techniques to treat trauma. She also works with clients with diverse issues including survivors of childhood trauma or sexual assault and those coping with co-occurring illnesses or eating-disorders. Her approach to therapy comes from the principles of cultural sensitivity and being LGBTQA affirmative.

What clients say they like about working with Jennifer is her effectiveness in helping them feel better, heal their wounds, and also transform their experiences to live more fully.

Call Jennifer Dodd, Licensed Social Worker (LCSW# 85140) at 855-997-7101.

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ADRIAN ROBERT HOPKINS, LMFT

Adrian Hopkins, LMFT, helps people overcome the pain of loss, abuse, or confusing events in life. His intelligent and compassionate approach supports people in their personal growth towards more fulfillment and happiness.

To help people accomplish this, he expertly combines trauma and clinical techniques from a variety of modalities including Attachment-Focused EMDR (with EMDRIA Approved Kim Cookson, Psy.D.), Somatic Experiencing®, and the Neuro Affective Relational Model (NARM) to work effectively around trauma, anxiety, discovering emotional safety, building confidence, and being able to connect with others and parts of ourselves on a deeper level.

Adrian is excellent in working clients from a diverse multicultural background, those interested in working with developmental trauma from childhood, symptoms of PTSD, addiction recovery, impulse control problems, and those who wish to explore further emotional growth and what that might entail. In addition, Adrian offers counseling in Cantonese Chinese.

People enjoy Adrian’s genuine approach, ability to listen, and his useful feedback as they work through their issues. Call Adrian Hopkins, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT # 108998) at 855-997-7101.

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DEBORAH SWEET, PSY.D.

FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, TRAUMA COUNSELING CENTER OF LOS ANGELES

To reduce or gain freedom from trauma, a variety of modalities are necessary. Trauma lives in the body, as well as the mind. Classic talk therapy by itself does not remove the somatic aspects of the trauma such as an exaggerated startle response. In other words, an individual cannot simply conquer the symptoms of trauma and traumatic memories with only the mind. A gentle approach combined with cutting-edge modalities seems to bring about the most helpful result.

Dr. Sweet started this center to help people find the best counseling possible to reduce the effects of trauma on their lives. She has carefully chosen the associates that work at TCCLA to create the best possible experience for you as you work through what you are dealing with whether it is in the past or present. Dr. Sweet is certified in Attachment-Focused EMDR (EMDRIA Certified), Somatic Experiencing®, Brainspotting and the Havening Technique®. She is also PIT trained through The Meadows. Deborah is available for Telehealth sessions. Call Dr. Deborah Sweet, Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY23759), at 855-997-7101.

Adjunct Services

NEUROFEEDBACK

Neurofeedback is a therapeutic intervention that uses real-time displays of brain activity in an attempt to teach self-regulation of brain function. According to clients, neurofeedback enhances memory and focus, decreases impulsivity and anxiety, and results in better mental clarity, more restful sleep, improved mood, and a host of other benefits.

We have excellent referrals we can provide you with for Neurofeedback. Call our intake line at 855-997-7101.

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SUE DINNER, CCPC

Sue Dinner received her Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) certification from the Coaches Training Institute (CTI) and is a Professional Credentialed Coach through The International Coach Federation. For more than 30 years Sue has worked with non-profit organizations and individuals and previously served for 8 years as Event Manager for The Walt Disney Company and Disney ABC Television Networks.

Prior to coming to the US from South Africa, Sue was an activist in the Anti-Apartheid movement. From this experience she knows that great hope and change is possible for everyone. She is committed to helping people courageously turn their lives around for the better. Presently, Sue facilitates multiple, weekly groups in several detox, residential and intensive outpatient drug and alcohol treatment centers. She has a private life coaching practice, loves public speaking and facilitating workshops. Sue facilitates a Women’s Coaching Group for Trauma Support.

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SARAH STITT, CADC-11

Sarah Stitt, CADC-II, was born and educated in London at Saint Martin’s School of Art and City and Guilds of London Art School. She has gained a reputation as an award winning portrait and landscape painter. She has exhibited at galleries in both in London and the US for 30 years, as well as teaching all ages.

In 2011, Sarah started working in treatment as a Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor II and found a way of incorporating her art experience into therapeutic value for the newly sober clients. Sarah uses a variety of medium, printmaking, and creative writing to promote self-expression, self-exploration, and build confidence. For the last 6 years she has been creating workshops, groups, and working privately to aid recovery, self-esteem, and self-regulation through creative means. Sarah offers therapeutic art classes to support people in recovering from trauma, addiction and/or stress.

Consultants

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STEPHEN DANSIGER, LMFT, PSY.D.

Dr. Dansiger believes in the power of EMDR and the wisdom of the principles of Buddhism for healing trauma. In addition to offering EMDR Trainings, he is the creator and founder of the MET(T)A Protocol (Mindfulness and EMDR Treatment Template for Agencies) which utilizes both Buddhist psychology and EMDR therapy to create an agency’s primary clinical practice system. Dr. Dansiger is the author of Clinical Dharma: A Path for Healers and HelpersEMDR Therapy and Mindfulness for Trauma-Focused Care, and Mindfulness for Anger Management.

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SHIREEN JANTI

Shireen Janti has one of the biggest hearts on the planet. She has been helping people, musicians and those related to the music business for over 30 years. In addition to being a Licensed Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LAADC) and Certified Relapse Prevention Specialist (CRPS), she is a certified Professional Life Coach. She knows to how to get people moving.  As the Senior Director at MusiCares, the charitable arm of the Recording Academy/Grammy Awards telecast, Shireen oversees health and human services, addiction recovery assessment, referral and case management. She also oversees seven nationwide MusiCares addiction recovery support groups, along with two sober jams for the music community in Los Angeles, CA and Austin, TX.

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JAMES FLOWERS, PH.D.

Dr. Flowers cares about how emotions impact pain and what it takes to overcome chronic pain. He is one of the most familiar and respected names in the area of pain management and addiction treatment and assessment in the United States for over 20 years. Dr. Flowers has a passion for healthcare and creating positive change in the lives of people who have been impacted by pain and co-occurring addictive disorders. Dr. Flowers is also a pilot who loves to fly and is also a lifelong distance runner, finishing more than 28 marathons, competed in several ultra marathons including 70 and 100 mile trail and mountain races.

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CANDY FINNIGAN

Candy Finnigan offers insight and action to individuals and families touched by the suffering caused by addiction. She has a no-nonsense attitude when it comes to helping people as an interventionist  and addiction specialist. Candy has been involved in all areas of recovery for over 28 years and is trained in relapse prevention, holding a certificate in the Gorski method in 1996 by Terence Gorski. Other trainings include those by Dr. Patrick Carnes; Pia Mellody, and others for trainings in the fields of dual diagnosis, psychiatric treatments and other process addictions so that she can be of maximum service to those who need and want help. Additionally, she has extensive experience in assessment, placement, and aftercare treatment. She is the author of When Enough is Enough, helping loved ones with the process of intervention and is one of the featured interventionists on the acclaimed A&E series Intervention.

Trauma Therapy Staff at Trauma Counseling Center of LA

At the Trauma Counseling Center of LA, our trauma therapy staff dedicates themselves to helping others overcome traumatic experiences and anxiety. Additionally, some of our innovative trauma therapy treatment techniques include:

If you’re ready to work with the best trauma therapists Los Angeles has to offer, then give us a call today at 855-997-7101. Our trauma therapy staff is ready to work with you to answer any questions you have and start you on a path to a brighter future.