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 Techniques, Psychodynamic and much more. Please give us a call so we may match you up with a clinician that matches your needs.
KATE TRUITT, Ph.D., MBA
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Dr. Kate Truitt is a neuroscientist and clinical psychologist with an M.B.A. in Healthcare Administration and has dedicated her life to advancing the treatment of trauma and stress-related disorders. She oversees the Trauma Counseling Center (TCC) offices in West Hollywood, Santa Monica, and Studio City, as well as Dr. Kate Truitt & Associates—a trauma therapy practice in Pasadena. Dr. Truitt founded Viva Excellence to provide cutting edge trainings and seminars that bring together the newest advancements in the fields of neuroscience, resiliency, as well as stress and trauma treatments. Her research is on brain health during the recovery process, treatment outcomes, and psychophysiology. Dr. Truitt was the first Certified Practitioner and is the first Certified Trainer of the Havening Techniques® in Los Angeles, California.
Her clinical practices and scientific studies have led her to specialize in the treatment of traumatic stress and PTSD. Dr. Truitt truly believes that when we choose to let every moment of adversity strengthen and empower us we are choosing to be our strongest and most empowered selves. She strives to create an empowering treatment model for clients, guiding them through their transformational journey as they seek and obtain their fulfilled life.
SHANNON BYRNES, M.A., LMFT
LICENSED MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPIST
Shannon Byrnes is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice for over 15 years in the Los Angeles area. After graduating with her Masters Degree in clinical psychology from Phillips Graduate Institute and receiving a further five years of advanced training from the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis… her clinical work led her to specialize in early attachment, trauma and its effect on the brain and ultimately on interpersonal relationships. Her work has evolved into a thriving practice specializing in the treatment of self-esteem and body image issues, life transitions, relationship issues and marital conflict, complicated grief, traumatic stress, PTSD, eating disorders, depression, anxiety and addiction.
Shannon is passionate about helping people heal from the ‘inside out’ and within their relationships. In couples’ work her focus is facilitating each partner’s capacity to attune to and support the other’s personal growth. Shannon fosters the revealing of one’s self through an expression of feelings and thoughts, without blame or accusing, teaching them to respond with empathy while holding onto themselves. Shannon’s goal is to create a safe haven for individuals and couples to deepen their capacity for presence, healing, fulfillment and connection and achieve lives not only free from symptoms but filled with a new sense of vitality and hope.
“I truly admire those willing to embark on the courageous journey toward transformation and am honored to stand beside them in their quest for happier, healthier, more productive and successful lives.” ~ Shannon Byrnes
DR. MEGAN MANSFIELD
LICENSED CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST
Dr. Megan Mansfield is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSYPSY31497) who specializes in the treatment of developmental trauma, sexual trauma, and recovery from domestic violence. Prior to her graduate studies, Dr. Mansfield served as a Crisis Interventionist and Advocate at Los Angeles’ longest-standing rape crisis center. Since then, she has continued to gain clinical practice and research experience to develop a specialization in the treatment of trauma, especially trauma caused by violence. Dr. Mansfield understands that troublesome or traumatic experiences often disrupt several aspects of one’s life, such as relationships, work performance, spiritual connection, and physical well-being. This allows her to use a deeply empathic and holistic approach to foster genuine self-compassion and empowerment. Her knowledge of the impact trauma has on the brain enables her to provide treatment beyond traditional talk therapy, which leads to permanent neurological healing.
Dr. Mansfield also has a passion for providing culturally competent care to LGBTQAI+ individuals. As part of her clinical training, Dr. Mansfield worked at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, the world’s largest provider of LGBTQIA+ medical and mental health care. There, she provided affirmative psychotherapy to individuals who presented with various forms of anxiety, mood disorders, personality disorders, relational conflict, body image issues, sexual dysfunctions, and substance abuse issues. Additionally, Dr. Mansfield is proud to have presented on numerous topics such as sexual fluidity, identify development, mindfulness, and Mental Health First-Aid at Models of Pride, the world’s largest free conference for LGBTQ youth and allies.
Dr. Mansfield views the therapeutic process as a sacred collaborative experience that involves the mind, body, and spirit. She firmly believes that a successful therapeutic experience should not only heal symptoms but also transform them into personal strengths. This approach allows her patients to thrive as their best selves. To facilitate that transformational journey, Dr. Mansfield integrates a variety of evidence-based interventions tailored to each unique individual. Dr. Mansfield frequently incorporates the Internal Family Systems model of psychotherapy founded by Dr. Richard Schwartz, to provide a clear, strengths-based, and empowering method of healing. With a sincere appreciation for the uniqueness of each individual, she works with each patient to discover the pace of psychotherapy that feels most meaningful and effective to them.
DR. REBECCA TURNER, LMFT
LICENSED MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPIST
Rebecca Turner, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT107489), is passionate about engaging Neuroscience to nurture the mind, soul, and body. Rebecca earned her Masters of Science degree in Marital Family Therapy from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA as well as a concentration in Medical Family Therapy. This education and resulting clinical work set the foundation for Rebecca’s exploration and treatment of the impacts of sensory sensitivities, chronic illness, and pain upon the lives of individuals and families. Rebecca’s therapeutic work is grounded in the comprehensive assessment and treatment of pre-verbal, chronic, and acute traumatic experiences. Rebecca holds certification in Child-Parent Psychotherapy, a model to support those who’s minds and bodies have developed in the context of chronic illness, pain, and early developmental trauma. She is mindful of the connection between trauma, pain, and psychological symptoms, such as anxiety, depression, and relational distress. As a result, Rebecca engages patients in collaborative, solution-focused based psychotherapy to resolve symptomatology.
In addition, Rebecca is the head of Dr. Kate Truitt and Associate’s Neurofeedback Program. Neurofeedback is a cutting-edge treatment technology that utilizes analysis and retraining of the brain’s electrical patterns to promote optimal wellness and symptom reduction. Patients can witness profound and sustainable change through the integration of psychotherapy, Psychosensory techniques, and neurofeedback.
Utilizing humor, creativity, compassion, and curiosity, Rebecca is dedicated to the use of effective and personally-targeted treatments supported by the newest insights from the world of neuroscience to support your journey of growth and healing.
SARAH SCHUPACK, LMFT
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.
DAMIEN GONSALVES, LMFT
Damien Gonsalves, LMFT, builds compassion and constructive rapport with clients to provide exceptional care as a solutions-oriented therapist. He specializes in LGBTQIA affirmative therapy, substance abuse, and treating trauma.
Damien helps clients to regulate their psychological states and release trauma stored in the body with a combination of modalities including Havening Techniques®, Trauma Resolution Therapy, and Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM), a neuroscience-informed somatic approach to treating trauma. As a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), he also practices Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to treat PTSD.
Clients speak highly of Damien’s gentle, empathetic approach and his expertise in healing emotional patterns so they can become the people they were meant to be.
Call Damien Gonsalves (LMFT #108771) at 855-997-7101 to book an appointment today.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Kate Truitt & Associate’s neurofeedback training programs provide the most personalized and focused brain training experience. Both in-office and at-home training programs are supervised and guided by licensed mental health professionals. The in-office brain training combines the benefits of both neurofeedback and biofeedback and begins with a Brain Mapping QEEG session followed by a full assessment report and feedback session to review Map results completed by training in Heart Rate Variability biofeedback. The at-home brain training prepares you to run your brain training sessions on portable equipment from the comfort of your own home where you can train as often as you would like. Each session is recorded and automatically transmitted to the office for assessment and review via weekly check-ins over the phone or in office.
Call Dr. Kate Truitt and Associates at 626-524-5525 or visit their website for more information on neurofeedback training programs.
DEBORAH SWEET, PSY.D.
FOUNDER, 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 carefully chose 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 chose Kate Truitt, Ph.D. to continue the mission of TCCLA and is excited to support her as she grows the center to further excellence.
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.