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individuals who were addressing relationship issues, victimization from sexual assault/abuse, addiction, trauma, and the pressures of celebrity life. Tracy believes her background has helped her to create a nonjudgmental and welcoming environment for clients to discuss their path toward healing as well. Clients say they like her knowledge of the fast paced world of entertainment and that she understands the stresses they face as they work with their issues to feel better.
Tracy Santomarco, LMFT, believes empathy and support provide a safe place for clients to explore what they may have spent a lifetime attempting to avoid… until now.
Tracy uses a collaborative approach incorporating the Havening Techniques, Brainspotting, EMDR (with EMDRIA Approved Stephen Dansiger, Psy.D. LMFT), Somatic therapy, and other trauma modalities to help clients identify longterm issues, uncover barriers to healing, explore the origin of behavioral patterns, and set goals to begin living the life they deserve.
Tracy’s ability to listen and encourage open communication has evolved through a 25-year career in the entertainment industry. This career path allowed her to work with a variety of
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As a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY28482), Dr. Carter turned his childhood dream of helping others into a lifetime commitment. In his clinical practice Dr. Carter has been committed to helping individuals and families heal. His research and experience have supported his passion for assisting those he works with reach their ultimate potential and achieve excellence in their lives. Dr. Carter sees his role with patients as being solution focused, energetic, and efficient work. The primary goals in working with Dr. Carter is relief from the presenting symptoms causing distress and then an evolution into personally empowered living. Dr. Carter’s approach begins through informed application of neuroscience based techniques to assist with emotional regulation and the immediate introduction of a new life skill which creates groundwork for sustainable change.
Dr. Megan Mansfield is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSYPSY31497) who specializes in the treatment of developmental trauma, sexual trauma, and recovery from domestic violence. Prior to her graduate studies, Dr. Mansfield served as a Crisis Interventionist and Advocate at Los Angeles’ longest-standing rape crisis center. Since then, she has continued to gain clinical practice and research experience to develop a specialization in the treatment of trauma, especially trauma caused by violence. Dr. Mansfield understands that troublesome or traumatic experiences often disrupt several aspects of one's life, such as relationships, work performance, spiritual connection, and physical well-being. This allows her to use a deeply empathic and holistic approach to foster genuine self-compassion and empowerment. Her knowledge of the impact trauma has on the brain enables her to provide treatment beyond traditional talk therapy, which leads to permanent neurological healing.
Damien Gonsalves, LMFT, builds compassion and constructive rapport with clients to provide exceptional care as a solutions-oriented therapist. He specializes in LGBTQIA affirmative therapy, substance abuse, the addiction recovery process, and treating trauma.
Damien helps clients to regulate their psychological states and release trauma stored in the body with a combination of modalities including Havening Techniques®, Trauma Resolution Therapy, EMDR, and Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM), a neuroscience-informed somatic approach to treating trauma. As a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), he also practices Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to treat PTSD.
Sarah Schupack, LMFT, has been helping clients overcome trauma since 2009. She is a compassionate, caring, and empathetic therapist with a strong desire to help clients move beyond past situations that are keeping them stuck. Sarah incorporates the Havening Techniques, Brainspotting (BSP), Somatic therapy, and other modalities to treat trauma. Because she is trained in Internal Family Systems (IFS), she knows that different parts of the self can get in the way of healing. She listens to and validates these parts so they can be known and heard. When these parts are witnessed and understood, people are often feel less anxiety and have more access to choice.
Clients say they like her compassionate attitude and balanced approach. If you are looking to move out of old patterns and be more free in life, her approach may what could help get you there.
Dr. Truitt's clinical practice and scientific studies have led her to specialize in the treatment of eating disorders, traumatic stress, and PTSD. Dr. Truitt is the founder and Chairman of the Board for the Amy Research Foundation, a 501c3 research foundation focused on the role of the amygdala and neuroscience on brain health during the recovery process and treatment outcomes. She actively honors the belief that each individual is unique and dynamic and has designed treatment models that support each client in a way that is safe and comfortable for where they are presently in their healing process. She strives to create an empowering environment for the clients her teams serve, guiding them through their transformational journey as they seek and obtain their fulfilled life.
Dr. Truitt was the first Certified Practitioner on the West Coast of the United States and is the lead trainer for the Havening Techniques in the Western United States. She serves as the Global Coordinator for Continuing Education for the professional community of the Havening Techniques Head Quarters. The Havening Techniques™ are a powerful treatment for traumatically encoded life experiences. Havening is an incredibly fast, efficient, and effective tool that helps the brain recovery and heal from traumatically encoded experiences. As a result, the symptoms of trauma diminish and, frequently, permanently disappear. Dr. Truitt leads research initiatives and trains professionals throughout the United States in the neuroscience of mental health and trauma informed treatment interventions. She is honored to empower medical professionals and clinicians to release their clients from the traumatic experiences that have resulted in the development of PTSD, depression. phobias, anxiety, anger difficulties, eating disorders, and many more ailments that have impacted them for years, sometimes decades. Her own patients report feeling empowered and stronger at the end of treatment as their brains heal and finally process the traumatic experiences that have kept them psychologically paralyzed. Learn more in the book chapter Fifteen Minutes to Freedom in the book by the same title Fifteen Minutes to Freedom by Harry Pickens.
Lead of the Neuro & Biofeedback Program
Dr. Kate Truitt, is a licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY26309) practicing in Pasadena, CA. She is the founder of Dr. Kate Truitt & Associates, the CEO and Training Director for the Trauma Counseling Center of Los Angeles, Global Coordinator of Continuing Education for the Havening Techniques, Executive Director of the American Cognitive Training Association, and Chairman of the Board of the Amy Research Foundation. She has dedicated her life to supporting individuals as they learn, heal, and grow into living their most fulfilled life. She believes in the brain’s ability to transcend and transform the complex and beautiful relationship between nature and nurture. Dr. Truitt chose to dedicate her life to the investigation and development of tools for personal transformation and empowerment. She truly believes that when we choose to let every moment of adversity strengthen and empower us we are choosing to be our strongest and most empowered selves. Through her years of experience she has learned that building a sustainable and fulfilled life begins with "Choosing You."
Shannon Byrnes is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice for over 15 years in the Los Angeles area. After graduating with her Masters Degree in clinical psychology from Phillips Graduate Institute and receiving a further five years of advanced training from the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis… her clinical work led her to specialize in early attachment, trauma and its effect on the brain and ultimately on interpersonal relationships. Her work has evolved into a thriving practice specializing in the treatment of self-esteem and body image issues, life transitions, relationship issues and marital conflict, complicated grief, traumatic stress, PTSD, eating disorders, depression, anxiety and addiction.
Dr. Carter understands that while symptom relief may be success enough for many patients, going beyond symptom relief and focusing on healing the causes of the disturbance will lead to long lasting change. Dr. Carter seeks to not only support insight development into the patterns that get in way of living one's excellence but to also teach transformative skills to empower his patients to create long term health for themselves. Combining emotional regulation techniques informed through neuroscience with traditional talk therapy methods, Dr. Carter actively participates in the healing process of his patients. His patients experience great success by working collaboratively to build upon the strengths inherently present while focusing on creating opportunities to unlock the ability to Live their Excellence.
Dr. Carter has been training in and practicing psychology for more than a decade. During that time, Dr. Carter has received training from industry leaders including the Semel Institute at University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), The Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and the California School of Professional Psychology where he earned his doctorate degree. Dr. Carter works with individual adults, adolescents and families, and parents presenting with a wide range of life challenges. Additionally, Dr. Carter offers parent coaching/training and performance coaching for athletes, performing artists, and business professionals seeking to achieve their ultimate performance potential.
Dr. Mansfield also has a passion for providing culturally competent care to LGBTQAI+ individuals. As part of her clinical training, Dr. Mansfield worked at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, the world’s largest provider of LGBTQIA+ medical and mental health care. There, she provided affirmative psychotherapy to individuals who presented with various forms of anxiety, mood disorders, personality disorders, relational conflict, body image issues, sexual dysfunctions, and substance abuse issues. Additionally, Dr. Mansfield is proud to have presented on numerous topics such as sexual fluidity, identify development, mindfulness, and Mental Health First-Aid at Models of Pride, the world’s largest free conference for LGBTQ youth and allies.
Dr. Mansfield views the therapeutic process as a sacred collaborative experience that involves the mind, body, and spirit. She firmly believes that a successful therapeutic experience should not only heal symptoms but also transform them into personal strengths. This approach allows her patients to thrive as their best selves. To facilitate that transformational journey, Dr. Mansfield integrates a variety of evidence-based interventions tailored to each unique individual. Dr. Mansfield frequently incorporates the Internal Family Systems model of psychotherapy founded by Dr. Richard Schwartz, to provide a clear, strengths-based, and empowering method of healing. With a sincere appreciation for the uniqueness of each individual, she works with each patient to discover the pace of psychotherapy that feels most meaningful and effective to them.
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Shannon is passionate about helping people heal from the ‘inside out’ and within their relationships. In couples’ work her focus is facilitating each partner’s capacity to attune to and support the other’s personal growth. Shannon fosters the revealing of one’s self through an expression of feelings and thoughts, without blame or accusing, teaching them to respond with empathy while holding onto themselves. Shannon’s goal is to create a safe haven for individuals and couples to deepen their capacity for presence, healing, fulfillment and connection and achieve lives not only free from symptoms but filled with a new sense of vitality and hope.
“I truly admire those willing to embark on the courageous journey toward transformation and am honored to stand beside them in their quest for happier, healthier, more productive and successful lives." ~ Shannon Byrnes
Rebecca Turner, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT107489), is passionate about engaging Neuroscience to nurture the mind, soul, and body. Rebecca earned her Masters of Science degree in Marital Family Therapy from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA as well as a concentration in Medical Family Therapy. This education and resulting clinical work set the foundation for Rebecca’s exploration and treatment of the impacts of sensory sensitivities, chronic illness, and pain upon the lives of individuals and families. Rebecca’s therapeutic work is grounded in the comprehensive assessment and treatment of pre-verbal, chronic, and acute traumatic experiences. Rebecca holds certification in Child-Parent Psychotherapy, a model to support those who’s minds and bodies have developed in the context of chronic illness, pain, and early developmental trauma. She is mindful of the connection between trauma, pain, and psychological symptoms, such as anxiety, depression, and relational distress. As a result, Rebecca engages patients in collaborative, solution-focused based psychotherapy to resolve symptomatology.
Damien has designed and developed the RISE Group for sexual assault survivors in the LGBTQIA+ community as well as THRIVE: a Therapeutic Group for Individuals Living with and Managing HIV & Aids. Clients speak highly of Damien’s gentle, empathetic approach and his expertise in healing emotional patterns so they can become the people they were meant to be.
Clinical Director of the Trauma Counseling Center
Rebecca is the head of Dr. Kate Truitt and Associate’s Neurofeedback Program. Neurofeedback is a cutting-edge treatment technology that utilizes analysis and retraining of the brain’s electrical patterns to promote optimal wellness and symptom reduction. In addition, Rebecca is a Certified HearthMath Techniques Practitioner and incorporates physical and emotional stress management techniques and education into her work. Patients can witness profound and sustainable change through the integration of psychotherapy, Psychosensory techniques, and neurofeedback.
Utilizing humor, creativity, compassion, and curiosity, Rebecca is dedicated to the use of effective and personally-targeted treatments supported by insights from the world of neuroscience to support your journey of growth and healing.
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