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Sunset at the Beach

HELPING PEOPLE BEFRIEND THEMSELVES AND THEIR LIVES

Ring the bells that can still ring. 
There is a crack, a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in.

Leonard Cohen

Psychologist Session

CLINICAL FOCUS

Healing Trauma with EMDR & Trauma-Informed Therapy

Navigating
Grief & Loss

Overcoming Anxiety, Perfectionism & Overwhelm

The ability of our mind and body to keep us alive under threat is astounding! However, this biological feat can come with some unintended and unpleasant side effects. No matter how hard we strive to forge ahead and forget or move on from "what happened in the past" trauma symptoms (hello, overthinking, scrolling, raging, avoiding, indecision, panic, addiction, disordered eating, self-criticism) inevitably emerge in the present. The more we avoid addressing these symptoms the louder they get. EMDR is a brilliant approach to trauma treatment, enabling our brains to discern past from present and provide relief so that we may live full and satisfying lives and learn to love ourselves in the process.

My approach with this work is slow, safe and highly collaborative ensuring you feel supported throughout.

Loss is an unavoidable human experience and grief does not have a timeline. Please don't listen to anyone who tells you that you "should be over that by now."

 Whether the death of a beloved person or animal companion, a chronic or terminal illness, the end of a relationship or career, or a life transition, brings you to therapy, integrating your loss in the company of someone who can attend to and hold space for the breadth of emotions you experience can be a balm.

Who here believes they are good enough? Anyone? Anyone? Um, yeaaah, not so many hands flying up with that question.

The paths to not-good-enoughness are many and living with this belief is exhausting. This distorted self-view undermines every single facet of what might otherwise be a pretty amazing life. And, in case you haven't noticed, the pursuit of perfectionism, a culturally or self-prescribed antidote to our perceived shortcomings, is paradoxically, self-limiting.

So, what's the way out of the abyss?

It begins with radical acceptance, self-compassion, and honoring that you, along with the rest of us, are perfectly imperfect.

 

It's possible to get there. I know it.

 

Compassion is not some kind of self-improvement project or ideal that we're trying to live up to. Having compassion starts and ends with having compassion for all those unwanted parts of ourselves. The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen: room for grief, for relief, for misery, for joy.

- Pema Chodron

MEET YOUR THERAPIST

Hello! I'm Lisa.

I have been a trusted listener my entire life. I can't tell you how many times I've heard, "I've never told anyone this, but..." I've held these revelations sacrosanct. 

In keeping with the meaning of my surname, Trost (which means to comfort or console), I've chosen to take a front-row seat to life so that I may contribute to our individual and collective healing. It is an honor to be fully engaged with humanity, as participant and witness, experiencing the full spectrum of emotions from boundless joy to profound sorrow, and everything in-between. 

As a therapist, I am passionate about fostering a non-judgmental and nurturing space where you feel seen and understood. It is my hope that we will build a meaningful and trusted therapeutic relationship in which you are empowered and supported. And hopefully, we'll laugh a little along the way.

If you're ready to embark on a transformative journey of growth and healing, let's get to work. 

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WHERE TO BEGIN

Please email or call to schedule a complimentary 20-minute introductory consultation, either in-person or by phone, to get a sense of how we will work together. I look forward to hearing from you! 

trost.lisamarie@gmail.com
(530) 727-8124

OFFICE LOCATIONS

KENTFIELD
Tuesday & Friday 
1030 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard
Suite 100-9
Kentfield, CA  94904

ROCKRIDGE
Wednesday & Saturday
5313 College Avenue
Suite 105
Oakland, CA  94618

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