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TRAUMA is an emotional response to an event such as an accident, natural disaster, war, abandonment, illness, sexual, physical and/or emotional abuse, etc. Trauma is terrifying and overwhelming. It is the perception of a direct threat to the individual’s life or well-being. Traumas leave unprocessed memories, thoughts, and feelings; which impact the level of functioning of the individual who experienced the traumatic event. Traumas can cause flashbacks, recurrent thoughts, nightmares, hypervigilance, fears, anxiety, sadness, guilt, among other symptoms. It can also show up in our bodies in chronically constricted tissue, short breathing, and strong tension.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), developed by Francine Shapiro, is an evidence-based treatment and highly regarded as a trauma resolution method. EMDR activates the information processing system of the brain, and it works on several channels looking at images, beliefs, sensations, and feelings associated with the negative content related to the trauma. EMDR is named after the eye movements; however, other types of bilateral stimulations (BLS) such as auditory stimulation and tactile stimulation have been found by other researchers as effective in helping the client to process distressing memories and emotions.

CLINICAL HYPNOSIS is a procedure during which a mental health professional guides the client to experience changes in sensations, perceptions, thoughts, or behavior. When the client is being hypnotized he/she is not asleep. In hypnosis your mind is always aware and observing. Hypnosis puts the client in a state that holds great potential for healing by giving the client access to the subconscious mind. Clinical hypnosis has been demonstrated to have a wide range of benefits in decreasing distressing symptoms and completely eliminating them. Hypnosis has been used in the treatment of pain, depression, anxiety, phobias, post-traumatic stress symptoms, stress, and many other psychological and medical conditions.

PHYSICAL PAIN can be a stressful experience and may trigger symptoms of anxiety and depression. Physical pain may erode the individual's quality of life by changing work and/or study routine, family dynamics, relationships, etc. If the physical pain is accompanied by a traumatic experience such as a car accident, the individual may suffer complex discomfort. This complex discomfort is associated not only to the physical pain but also to psychological distress of the traumatic experience. When an individual seeks psychological intervention to alleviate these symptoms described above, the physical pain, the effects of pain, the traumatic experience, and related issues will be addressed in therapy. If the medical condition that trigger the pain is accompanied by temporal or permanent disabilities, the individual's stress may increase due to limitations and other consequences; which will be also processed during the psychological interventions. Individuals with temporal or permanent disabilities may feel very vulnerable and build negative beliefs about him/herself. It is extremely important for the individual to not identify with pain or disability but instead to learn how to implement positive coping skills to overcome and manage limitations.

Testimony From a Client

Livia Perez, MS, LMHC, LPC, NBCCH

Livia is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, EMDR Certified Therapist, and a National Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist. Livia specializes in clinical hypnosis to treat different traumas including sexual, physical, and emotional abuse, grief, abandonment, and vicarious trauma. She provides hypnotherapy and EMDR for trauma recovery and for the treatment of pain, anxiety, depression, and relationship problems. Livia’s consulting practice includes transpersonal therapy, cognitive restructuring, and consciousness shifting for personal empowerment, love, happiness, and goal achievement.

 

Graduate Studies

Doctoral Program in Health Psychology

Carlos Albizu University, Miami, FL, 2015 to Present

Master of Science in Psychology - Mental Health Counseling

Carlos Albizu University, Miami, Florida, 2010

Licenses and Certifications

 

● Florida Licensed Mental Health Counselor

● Florida Qualified Supervisor MHC

● North Carolina Licensed Professional Counselor

● Certified EMDR Therapist

● EMDRIA Full Member

● National Board Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist

 

EMDR Trainings Completed

2013

Transforming Trauma with EMDR Part I and II
by Laurel Parnell, Ph.D., Big Sur, California, August-September 2013

2014

Transforming Trauma with EMDR Part III
by Laurel Parnell, Ph.D., Big Sur, California, May 2014

2016

Attachment – Focused EMDR – Healing Developmental Deficits and Adults Abused as Children
by Laurel Parnell, Ph.D., Philadelphia, February 2016

2016

See Me, Feel Me, Heal Me – The Untold Story of the Brain and EMDR Therapy
by Uri Bergmann, Ph.D., San Diego, California, August 2016

2017

EMDR as Transpersonal Therapy
A Cross Cultural Perspective Where East Meets West

by Irene Siegel, Ph.D., LCSW, Hawaii, May 2017

The training includes EMDR with transpersonal approaches in addition of Hawaiian and Shamanic healing interventions.

2017

Treating Chronic Pain with EMDR
by Mark Grant, M.A., New York, July 2017

HYPNOSIS Trainings Completed

2009

Basic Hypnosis with Applications
by Susan Becker, Ph.D., Miami, Florida, April 2009

2012

Clinical Hypnosis with Rapid Trauma Resolution Level I
by Jon Connelly, Ph.D., Tampa, Florida, April 2012

2012

Clinical Hypnosis with Rapid Trauma Resolution Level II
by Jon Connelly, Ph.D., Tampa, Florida, May 2012

2012

Past Life Regression Therapy
by Dr. Brian Weiss, Rhinebeck, New York, October 2012

Other Continuing Education Trainings

● Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy by The National Child Traumatic Stress Network, Online Course, January 2010

● Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Learning Session I by Michael A. de Arellano, Ph.D., Miami, Florida, January, 2013

● Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Learning Session II by Michael A. de Arellano, Ph.D., Miami, Florida, May, 2013

● Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Learning Session III by Michael A. de Arellano, Ph.D., Miami, Florida, September, 2013

● Play Therapy by Lisa Saldana, LMHC, Miami, Florida, October 2010

● Trauma, PTSD, and Traumatic Grief by Duane Bowers, LPC, Miami, Florida, November 2010

● Exposure Therapy for Children and Adolescents by the Institute for Child and Family Health, Miami, Florida, June 2011

● Attachment Difficulties, Childhood Trauma, and Reactive Attachment Disorder: Clinical Guidelines for Assessment,

Diagnosis, and Treatment by the Center for Child and Family Health, Miami, Florida, October 2011

Issues
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Anxiety or Fears
  • Depression
  • Domestic Violence
  • Family Conflict
  • Life Coaching
  • Peer Relationships
  • Self Esteem
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Career Counseling
  • Coping Skills
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Grief
  • Parenting
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self-Harming
  • Spirituality
  • Teen Violence
Age
  • Children (6 to 10)
  • Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13)
  • Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19)
  • Adults

Languages: English/Spanish

Treatment Approach

Treatment Orientation:

  • EMDR
  • Trauma Focused
  • Attachment-based
  • Coaching
  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Interpersonal
  • Play Therapy
  • Somatic
Finances

Avg Cost (per session): $150 - $200

Accepted Payment Methods: American Express Discover Visa Mastercard Cash

Office Location

CONTACT MIAMI HOLISTIC THERAPY AND TRAUMA RESOLUTION, Inc.