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  • Stepping into others’ pain goes beyond a specific treatment approach. It often entails the work of becoming a holder for clients’ experiences. In trauma treatment, those of you who do this work often bear the weight of holding reality and pain for others while trying to manage your own. Graduate school doesn’t sufficiently prepare you to build the muscle you need to treat trauma through the lens of your own trauma. Getting the support you need to do this work means treatment that can allow you to use what you have been though as a tool to heal others.

    “You are worth the work!”

    What area of your life has been irrevocably changed by a traumatic experience?

    How do you know if your sense of self has been changed by the traumatic experience?

    • Has your life lost meaning?
    • Have your relationships changed?
    • Are there aspects of yourself that you do not recognize?
    • Do you feel isolated and/or alone as a result?
    • How has this changed the way you practice psychotherapy?

    A traumatic experience can shatter every aspect of your life so it may be hard to identify what area to focus on treating.  I focus on the change of self which encompasses every aspect of your life.  When you have experienced this type of change, you may carry losses that have no words, resulting in the shattering of what you have known or relied on prior to experiencing this trauma.  Through my treatment approach, I will help you identify what has been shattered so you can begin the process of finding wholeness and new meaning.

    When you can find new meaning, it can provide opportunities to enhance your clinical work in immeasurable ways.

    The techniques that I incorporate into treatment are holistic:

    Somatic – addressing areas where the trauma may be stuck in the body and helping clients regulate physiological responses when triggered.

    Nutrition – provide psycho education on how nutritional supplementation can help reverse some of the damages of emotional trauma on the immune system, contributing to illness and disease.

    Psychotherapy – I treat from a psychodynamic lens but incorporate Cognitive Behavioral, Internal Family Systems, and Emotional Freedom Techniques, as a way of coming along side my clients and helping them to participate in their own recovery.

    Spiritual – When trauma shatters meaning, it often shatters belief systems.  Finding new meaning through these belief systems by seeking safe and supportive relationships, clients can find purpose and rebuild from the shattering.

    I Specialize In:

    I provide psychotherapy for:
    Psychological Trauma
    Relational Issues
    Traumatic Grief
    Racial Trauma

    I can also help clients who need help managing their faith/spiritual struggles, emotional eating,

    Compassionate & Professional

    I care about you and your story. I am especially interested in how your story informs you about who you are and the work that you do. You can trust that I will treat you with respect, dignity and compassion in every interaction, while maintaining the highest standards for integrity and ethics.

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    WHO AM I?

    My name is Dr. Teresa Barnes and I am a clinical psychotherapist who has worked in the field of mental health for almost 30 years and has been in private practice for over 15 years. I am also a Certified Integrated Mental Health Provider, providing nutritional consultation and body centered interventions as part of my holistic treatment approach.