Research highlights the link between the body and psychological symptoms. When we have traumatic experiences or childhood relationships that were chaotic, or in which needs were not adequately met, we might be left with intense emotions such as rage, dread shame, helplessness, or panic. Or we may experience the opposite; being cut off from our emotions, detached, or numb. We may even alternate between these two extremes, feeling confused because we are aware that current situations do not or may not warrant such intensity.
The purpose of the group is to facilitate development of the self in order to ameliorate dysregulation caused by triggers, which in turn helps with symptoms of anxiety, depression, trauma, and improving the overall sense of well-being.
With curiosity and lightheartedness, this low-vulnerability twelve-week virtual Trauma & The Body group will provide knowledge from the field of neuroscience and cover topics of skill related to emotional regulation including: Physical Arousal, Grounding, Boundaries, Distress Tolerance, and Mindfulness.
This group is a great adjunct for individual insight-oriented therapy or as foundation for further Sensorimotor psychotherapy.
Dr. Tracy L. Thomas is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and the owner of Thrive: Counseling and Psychological Services in Washington, DC. She specializes in treating anxiety, issues with physical and emotional intimacy, and depression. She also works with clients who feel isolated or crave stronger social connections, even if they might have flourishing professional careers. She works with adults across the life span providing individual therapy.
Dr. Thomas' integrative approach uses techniques from evidence-based treatments such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as relational and attachment-based work. This enables her to provide highly individualized treatment. She combines a knowledge of practical strategies with an in-depth understanding of relationship patterns to help clients enhance their overall functioning. She also frequently brings in mindfulness techniques when helpful.
Dr. Thomas also specializes in the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). In this work, Dr. Thomas utilizes the research-backed modalities Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). She combines motivational work with exposure, as well as homework and occasionally out-of-office exposure. Dr. Thomas can help clients with specific phobias, including driving and flying.
Dr. Thomas firmly believes that therapy is a collaborative process, and she looks forward to working with clients in a safe, engaging manner. Her office is conveniently located steps from Metro Center on the red, blue, orange, and silver lines.