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.



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.

Call Dr. Kate Truitt (PSY26309) at 855-997-7101 or visit to learn more.

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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, 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.

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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, 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.

Adjunct Services


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.


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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. Dr. Sweet is certified in Attachment-Focused EMDR (EMDRIA Certified), Somatic Experiencing®, Brainspotting, the Havening Technique® and Personal Growth Coaching. She is also PIT trained through The Meadows. She is available for telehealth or coaching sessions. Call Dr. Deborah Sweet, Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY23759), at 855-997-7101.

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.