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CREATING INNER PEACE WITH DR. JENNIFER HOLT
“Inside each one of us is complete freedom, joy, a unique sense of being that transcends all problems, that can bring us back to deep peace. That peace, that knowing, is your birthright. It is indeed what is most essential to your well-being, to know that not only you are well, but that you have something of significance to contribute to the world. However, for those suffering from depression, anxiety, trauma or other mental health issues, getting back to that place of inner peace can be very challenging. I have helped provide a pathway back to peace for hundreds of people suffering from disturbances of all kinds including sexual, childhood and domestic abuse, terminal or chronic illnesses, grief and loss, work-related trauma or burn-out, military personnel issues, VSP (very sensitive person)-related trauma, chronic depression or anxiety, panic disorders, family of origin issues, and many more.
“Trauma is my specialty and I have found through the years that most issues involve trauma or some kind of disturbance. And when that gets cleared, my client is able to heal. However, many people suffer from trauma and don’t recognize it as such–difficulties in families of origin, painful relationship breakups, deaths, parental neglect, physical challenges such as chronic illness, ageing, caretaking for loved ones, job challenges. Basically, as a trauma expert, I consider anything that creates disturbance that cannot be resolved, and continues to prevent someone from enjoying a life with happiness and resiliency, is probably trauma.
“All trauma has one thing in common, which is also fortunately the gateway to creating healing: the brain. When trauma is getting in the way of our life, it may be labeled PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), which is the brain’s way of coping with catastrophic information. However, many people never realize they are living with trauma and just ‘white knuckle it’ when they could have gotten help. The brain is this amazing instrument with a primary motivation of helping us survive. When something extremely disturbing happens, the brain will automatically “protect” the individual by shutting down in various ways. For example, the person may get stuck in their life, give up or procrastinate or self-sabotage relationships and career success. In extreme cases, the person may dissociate–viewing the traumatic situation from a point of view outside of the body. Or the brain might create a state of amnesia–the traumatized person may completely block out and forget what happened (also called repression). But it’s important to remember that the person does not do this consciously. The brain does all this automatically, to protect the person’s life and sanity, and it does a very good job in most cases.
“However, the consequences of the brain defending someone against trauma involve more than just short-term protection. These long-term consequences that can have a very negative effect on the person’s life. The brain, you see, when faced with disturbing incidences, “re-writes” the person’s beliefs about life to prevent them from getting hurt again, often in literal and unhelpful ways. A person whose home was destroyed in a fire as a child may end up with the following beliefs from the brain: “Home is not safe,” “Fire is always dangerous,” “I don’t deserve to be protected,” or “No matter what I try to do to keep myself safe, at any time the rug can get pulled out from under me.” As an adult, that person may feel stuck–they can’t seem to stay in one place for long or they turn into a clutterer. They’re anxious all the time. They can’t trust relationships. They sabotage their careers. Or a person who has been sexually abused may have a very difficult time trusting and creating deep intimacy with others and/or feel angry and overly sensitive for no reason. A person who risked their life to serve in the military may feel a deep sense of separation and isolation toward their country, community or family.
“When someone comes to me who is either aware that their trauma is getting in their way, or is having various problems like those mentioned above, my work is to first, help them uncover the hidden beliefs they are carrying that are keeping them stuck. Often, my clients will insist their beliefs are just facts! “Well, of COURSE I can’t trust anyone! Who can these days?” for example. So our work together will be a process of discovery and reclaiming the truth. In addition, I use powerful techniques to help individuals re-claim their lives by retraining the brain. Our work together will be a rich journey of unraveling the stories, beliefs and assumptions you derived from your parents, childhood and, believe it or not, even your ancestral lineage. Regardless of whether the results are rapid or take somewhat longer, the techniques I utilize are extremely effective, and have helped client after client ‘get back their groove,’ and create a much deeper, more meaningful life.
“I believe I can help you too! Please contact me with the form at the bottom of the page, and we can set up a time for a free 15 minute consult. My goal is to help
you find inner peace, because that is the key to everything else: abundance, love and a life well-lived. It is possible; I promise I will do all I can to make it a reality for you.” Dr. Jen
Dr. Jennifer Holt also specializes in other types of therapy, and works with a very diverse mix of clients including GLBTQ folks. Click here for more information.
Dr. Jennifer Holt is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in California (LPC 213) who specializes in working with couples and with clients around issues related to trauma, and a transformational coach/spiritual counselor who coaches individuals around the world via Skype.