Tara Sindler’s Services Include:
Somatic Experiencing® (“SE”), developed by Dr. Peter Levine, is a gentle, natural approach to the resolution and healing of difficult life events that block one’s experience of aliveness. SE employs awareness of body sensation and scientific understanding of the nervous system to help people renegotiate experiences, and heal, rather than re-live or re-enact traumatic events. SE breaks down experience into small, incremental steps, rather than evoking catharsis, which can overwhelm someone’s system. From the SE perspective, the blocks are not in the actual event, but in the way that one responds to an event and how it is stored in the nervous system. The stuckness we experience in our nervous system can lead to a variety of physical and emotional problems, like anxiety, panic, and depression. Working with the body’s natural protective and defensive responses (i.e. fight, flight, freeze), SE supports the release and integration of energy that is stuck in the body. SE has proven to be a life changing method of healing for many, as it reconnects people to their true essence and natural resilience. For more information about SE and Dr. Levine’s work, please refer to the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute website, www.traumahealing.com.
Based on the work of SE Faculty, Kathy Kain, Touch Skills for Trauma Therapists provides another modality within which to support the body and nervous system in the release and integration of stuck life force energy. Touch work is not a form of massage or body work, and may be offered to support grounding, containment, movement, and building of resilience. In my experience working with people, touch facilitates a deep settling of the nervous system and a more embodied connection with oneself. For more information about Touch Skills for Trauma Therapists, please refer to Kathy Kain’s website, www.somaticpractice.net.
TRE (Tension & Trauma Release Exercise) is an innovative series of exercises that assist the body in releasing deep muscular patterns of stress, tension and trauma. Created by Dr. David Berceli, PhD, TRE safely activates a natural reflex mechanism of shaking or vibrating that releases muscular tension, calming down the nervous system. When this muscular shaking/vibrating mechanism is activated in a safe and controlled environment, the body is encouraged to return back to a state of balance.
Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO DBT) is a treatment for clients with “overcontrol” patterns or inhibition of emotional expression such as treatment resistant chronic anxiety, treatment resistant chronic depression, and avoidant attachment strategies. RO DBT focuses on increasing social signaling to enhance relationships and reduce isolation and loneliness. RO DBT modes of therapy are individual sessions and small sized skills groups.
Tara Sindler provides a form of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) called DBT-Informed Treatment. This form of therapy does not include some of the modes of standard DBT such as phone coaching or skills groups; however, if a skills group is needed, this can be organized. DBT-Informed Treatment is appropriate for individuals with difficulty regulating emotions and in attempts to regulate, engage in problematic behaviors which end up making problems worse. Some issues include substance use, borderline personality, anxiety disorders and anxious attachment strategies. DBT-Informed Treatment is not for individuals with severe self harm.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a treatment technique developed in the 1980s that was originally designed to relieve symptoms resulting from trauma. Today it is also used to treat a range of other issues including anxiety, phobias, fears and problems with self-esteem.
EMDR uses eye movements or other forms of bilateral stimulation (BLS) to help the brain make connections between traumatic experiences and memories and more adaptive thoughts and perceptions.
After successful EMDR treatment, emotional distress caused by unresolved earlier experiences is diminished, and the physiological symptoms often associated with such experiences are reduced. EMDR helps to bring about new learning, reduce negative thoughts, emotions and behavior, and enhance the development of healthier behaviors, interactions and relationships.
Attachment-focused EMDR (AF-EMDR) is client-centered and emphasizes a reparative therapeutic relationship using a combination of (1) Resource Tapping™ (Parnell, 2008) to strengthen clients and repair developmental deficits, (2) EMDR to process traumas, and (3) talk therapy to help integrate the information from EMDR sessions and to provide the healing derived from therapist-client interactions.
AF-EMDR extends the use and benefits of EMDR and bilateral stimulation for use with clients who have been typically less responsive to traditional EMDR protocols, due to acute or chronic relational trauma and attachment deficits. Those deficits include the effects of childhood physical or sexual abuse, neglect, early losses, birth trauma, medical trauma, parental drug or alcohol abuse, caregiver misattunement, secondary trauma, and the cumulative effects of all. These clients often present in therapy as depressed, with relationship difficulties or problems at work. They don’t feel fully alive. Childhood trauma has impacted their sense of safety and capacity to form close emotional relationships in adulthood.
Anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, relationship stress, and health issues are often the result of unresolved trauma. The goal of a trauma-informed yoga practice is to build resiliency and establish greater self-regulation. It is about feeling safe and at-home in our bodies so that we can feel stable, have good self-esteem, and healthy relationships. A trauma-informed yoga practice is sensitive to the needs of a participant with trauma symptoms and offers them tools to feel safe, empowered, and self-regulated.
Please feel free to contact Tara Sindler, MFT, SEP, CADC-II if you have any questions regarding her practice and/or services. If you’d like to schedule an initial appointment, please contact her directly at (310) 415-4386 or make an appointment online.