Dr. Karol Darsa spoke with CBS-8 about how to process the intense emotions emerging after the events in Washington D.C. in the days leading up the Joe Biden’s inauguration. She shared some of her thoughts on how to heal from the Capitol riot as well as how to support your child throughout this event.
Dr. Darsa’s Tips:
Don’t Take It Personally:
A global pandemic, a tumultuous election, and a volatile economy will cause stress. It’s not your fault.
It’s not the time for “an eye for an eye” positions. Start with the peace inside yourself.
Take Care of Yourself (Daily!):
Eat nutritious foods, exercise, sleep well, and reduce screen time.
Express Your Feelings:
Reaching out to others, journaling, or other art forms can all help process emotions and help you find peace.
Find Professional Help:
Some conditions are best treated with professional guidance. Don’t be afraid to ask for support.
Dr. Darsa is a licensed psychologist, an author, creator of RITTM, and founder of Reconnect. She has more than 20 years of clinical and administrative experience in trauma and mental health disorders. Dr. Darsa began her career in 1998 as a foster care social worker and continued her work with abused children and their families and adults abused as children.
In 2002, Dr. Darsa began studying with Christine Schenk, founder of the CHRIS-Technique, a unique energy work focused on teaching clients how to ground themselves in their bodies. Dr. Darsa has completed numerous evidence-based trainings in the treatment of trauma and mental health disorders, including Master Level in Brainspotting and in EMDR. In addition, she completed 2 years of Somatic Experiencing and 1 year of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. With each advanced training, Dr. Darsa developed a deeper understanding of trauma processes and healing, and developed Reconnect Integrative Trauma Treatment Model which is an n integration of evidence-based, cutting-edge trauma treatment models.
In 2012 Dr. Darsa became the co-creator of Invisible War Recovery, a program designed to treat military sexual trauma survivors. She has been interviewed by Katie Couric, Susan Ortolano, and Lisa Tahir, and was featured on the Voice of America. She lectures about trauma treatment at various universities such as the University of Southern California, UCLA and Cal Lutheran. She also speaks at treatment centers and conferences.
Dr. Darsa realized that what is often missing in trauma treatment is a finely attuned, gentle, body based process to help heal and reconnect mind and body when clients become disregulated due to traumatic events, developmental trauma, or emotional disorders. Thus, Dr. Darsa created RITTM to close those missing gaps in trauma treatment. Reconnect Center embodies that philosophy in offering intensive one on one work to help truly heal each individual that comes through her doors.
A native of Turkey, Dr. Darsa has been living in the United States for 25 years. She has also lived in Spain, France and Brazil. Dr. Darsa’s exposure to numerous ethnic and social groups allows her to understand the cultural differences in human thought and behavior. She can provide therapy in English, Spanish, French and Turkish and is able to converse in Italian and Portuguese as well.
Chief Financial Officer
Jorge is a University of California Economics graduate with a computer science, finance and investment background. He has over 30 years of experience managing investments internationally for high net worth individuals, Non-Profit Institutions and Pension Plans. His expertise includes designing information systems dashboards, data simulators and data base integrated solutions for investment firms, pension plans and other institutions.
Jorge has been participating at Reconnect Psychological Services since its inception supporting proudly the efforts of Dr. Darsa in establishing an efficient network of clinicians that can offer one of the best trauma treatment programs.
A dual citizen from Mexico and the United States, Jorge loves spending time with his 3 children camping, snow skiing or hiking.
Dr. Viviana Suaya
Medical Director, A52516
Dr. Viviana Suaya is a Los Angeles psychiatrist with more than two decades of experience in pediatric, adolescent, and adult psychiatry. She and her professional team are committed to providing patients with the very best of care, using expertise and compassion to achieve the best possible outcome for each patient.
Dr. Suaya pursued a medical degree at the Buenos Aires University School of Medicine in Argentina, where she graduated Cum Laude. Her interest in pediatrics inspired her to become a pediatrician, and she completed a postgraduate program at the Children’s Hospital in Buenos Aires in 1988. Two years later, she relocated to Los Angeles to continue postgraduate training at the Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Psychiatry.
She is an associate professor at Keck school of medicine USC teaching introduction to clinical medicine through the family practice department.
Today, she remains in Los Angeles, where she has unfailingly served patients for more than twenty years. As a Los Angeles psychiatrist with a background in pediatrics, Dr. Suaya specializes in the treatment of children and adolescents.
Shilloy Sanchez is Clinical Director of the Reconnect outpatient programs. A licensed marriage and family therapist, she has extensive administrative and clinical experience in trauma, addiction, eating disorder treatment, and school-based programs.
Her career spans three decades and a wide range of leadership positions in clinical psychology, crisis communications, public relations, technology, and youth theater activism. Her journey has been featured on CNN Health and in Seeking Serenity: The 10 New Rules for Health and Happiness in the Age of Anxiety (Penguin Random House 2015).
Before Reconnect, Shilloy was Program Director and Primary Therapist at The Bella Vita, a residential eating disorder treatment facility, and an administrator at Passages, a world-renowned addiction treatment center. In both facilities, Shilloy worked from a strong family systems orientation integrating multifamily and community support groups to the program’s experience.
She earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology specializing in Trauma from Antioch University and is a doctoral candidate in Analytical Depth Psychology specializing in Integrative Therapy and Healing Practices at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She holds certifications in Trauma Focused CBT and Systematic Training for Effective Parenting. She is also trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Brain Spotting (BSP), and the Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM).
Shilloy’s approach at Reconnect focuses on the transformational process of restoring wholeness and a deep sense of purpose, achieved by bringing a creative alchemical balance of spirit and soul to structured treatment. Shilloy is committed to working closely with the founder, Dr. Darsa, on individualized trauma treatment that includes an elevated sense of awareness and compassion in its programming. She is also dedicated to ensuring ongoing compliance with licensing and regulatory standards consistent with The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), for all levels of care in the supervision and training of Reconnect’s multidisciplinary clinical team.
An aspiring runner, Shilloy has completed three marathons and is training for her fourth. Her hobbies include hosting backyard barbecues, trying new recipes, and hiking. She lives in Southern California with her partner and two bulldogs.
Marriage and Family Therapist
Janice is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts in Psychology from Antioch University. She is a certified EMDR therapist and trained in the Trauma Resiliency Model.
She works collaboratively with clients to explore behaviors that are preventing them from leading the kind of life they deserve. Janice believes we all developed coping strategies when we were young to protect ourselves. While they helped us survive at the time, she finds they are often the very things holding us back now. Janice uses EMDR and TRM to target the original traumas by employing both the body and the mind. Her belief is that once the original traumas are dealt with, the need for the now maladaptive behaviors are no longer there. She finds symptoms such as depression and anxiety can be alleviated faster when EMDR and TRM are used in conjunction with traditional talk therapy.
Janice became a therapist after seeing for herself the transformative effects of psychotherapy. She knows firsthand that EMDR and TRM are indispensable in the treatment of trauma.
Janice is RITTM Trained.
Certified Neurofeedback Practitioner
Along with his work at Reconnect, Ben is the Neurofeedback Coordinator at the Salvation Army Bell Shelter where he helps Veterans heal from extreme PTSD. Ben has extensive experience in helping Veterans reduce symptoms ranging from lack of sleep to severe panic attacks. Additionally, Ben works on alleviating chronic pain, tinnitus, hyper-alertness, excessive worry and many other anxiety related symptoms. Specializing in Neurofeedback Ben has helped Veterans and Private clients improve memory, word finding, creativity and executive thought process. Ben realizes the importance of having the brain and body working together as efficiently as possible. He believes that Neurofeedback is a key component for Peak Performance in sports, the arts, and business. As an avid golfer, Ben especially enjoys working with golfers and other athletes of different levels to help improve their overall performance.
Ben is RITTM Informed.
MA, LPCC, Brainspotting, RITTM
Gina obtained her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Expressive Arts Therapy from Lesley University. She has been working in the field of mental health and trauma treatment for approximately 10 years, in psychiatric hospitals, residential treatment programs, skilled nursing facilities, addiction treatment centers, and community outreach. Providing individual and group support, Gina has worked with clients across the life span to develop a deeper sense of meaning and fulfillment at every age.
Gina utilizes compassion, attunement, and mindfulness to help clients connect with their inner wisdom that guides each person’s unique healing journey. Her therapeutic process is person-centered and strengths-based, drawing upon creativity, warmth, and humor in each clinical relationship.
Gina is trained in expressive arts therapy, mindfulness, body-oriented psychotherapy, Brainspotting levels 1 and 2, and RITTM, and is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. She continues to maintain an active connection with the arts as a way to support both her personal and professional development.
Maia Akiva is a Motivational Speaker, Entertainer, Facilitator, a reality bender and an emotional researcher who dips into every flavor of human behavior and self-discovery using self-help fiction, magical realism, original visual storytelling and and emotional coaching.
Originally from Israel. Her award-winning self-help plays and short stories have been produced and published all over the United States in the past 10 years, inspiring hundreds of people to go on a journey of understanding, get to know themselves better and deeper, and ask themselves some important questions about their inner emotional lives, their struggles and their relationship with themselves. She led workshops of self-discovery at Models of Pride conference in the US, and at Brave Trails Camp, Resilience Treatment Center, Reconnect center and many more awesome places. She teaches meditation at The Den Meditation in Los Angeles. Maia’s creative work and her desire to help people take a look at themselves come from her own experience. After turning her back on herself for many years, suffering from depression and self-negativity she finally decided to start a new relationship with herself and turned her life around, living a life full of Joy and positivity.
Maia is RITTM Informed.
M.S., Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC8746, EMDR, CRM
Nadine graduated her masters program in Clinical Psychology 2015 with a focus on healing from a holistic perspective; with an emphasis on trauma and the utilization of eco/wilderness therapy, somatic approaches, resiliency and post traumatic growth.
Nadine has had the privilege of working with clients who come to Reconnect since 2014. Nadine’s personal approach is passionate, empowered, purposeful and authentic. When working with clients; compassion, empathy, and faith in the client and their process are primary.
Nadine works to nurture strengths, interests and passions while aiming to encourage radical self love and acceptance. Additionally, Nadine infuses eco therapy and nature based work, nested with various forms of resourcing to support clients in building self care skills and mindfulness to facilitate a deeper sense of connection and wellbeing to Self, that, in turn can support a person on their journey of ongoing healing and be- coming whole. Nadine is EMDR and CRM trained and continues her study of Somatic Based work as well.
Soleah is a Certified TRE® (Tension & Trauma Release Exercises) Provider and graduated from the TRE® Los Angeles certification program. She also has extensive training and certifications in a variety of modalities some of which include Natural Health Practitioner, and Life Coach.
Soleah Nicolis found her way into the wellness field because of her own personal healing journey. She began her holistic health career in 2004, as an assistant to renowned holistic chiropractor Dr. Eileen Kenny. Under her guidance, Soleah assisted with clients of all ages, health concerns and backgrounds. Soleah’s curiosity about health, community, and service allowed her to apply her lifelong passion for helping people uncover and rediscover their wholeness.
Soleah is RITTM Informed.
Outpatient Program Manager
Marina has eight years of experience in the banking industry and close to a decade in the herbal industry providing elaborative instruction in the use of herbal therapy and understanding and practicing principles of preventive nutrition, eradicating the cause of disease utilizing wholesome foods and intensive detoxification programs, and healing the body through natural methods. She holds a Nutritional Herbalist certification from the School of Natural Healing and is pursuing a BS degree in natural health science, concentrating on clinical nutrition. She loves the outdoors, traveling, watching documentaries, reading, decoding ingredient lists, yoga, drawing, festivals, has great appreciation for cultural diversity and listening to music from all over the world. As program coordinator, she works closely with the clinical director as well as clinicians to ensure that clients are assigned the best possible schedule.
Sharon is a graduate of the Loyola Marymount University Yoga Therapy Rx, TRE® Los Angeles and The Resilience Toolkit certification programs.
Sharon discovered TRE® and then The Resilience Toolkit on her own healing journey, discovering the benefits of turning on the body’s natural ability to restore itself to balance. She has built a private practice integrating yoga therapy and The Resilience Toolkit as needed for those who suffer from various illnesses, injuries, mood disorders and complex and/or shock trauma. Sharon believes that her role is to guide individuals into their own healing potential by creating a safe space whereby they can progress towards self-regulation and self-empowerment.
Sharon also teaches small therapeutic yoga groups and The Resilience Toolkit sessions at PCH Treatment Center as well as therapeutic yoga at several physical therapy offices, yoga studios, cancer centers and group classes in both public and private schools (preschool – 12th grade) throughout Los Angeles. Additionally, Sharon has experience with support in the 12-steps for addiction and codependency.
Sharon is RITTM Informed.
Certified Trauma Professional (CTP)
Jessica graduated Magna Cum Laude and currently holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Riverside. Now, she is pursuing a Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology (PsyD). Jessica has been involved with the counseling and psychological services provided by the Board of the University of California, advocating and educating students to normalize mental health. Her passion currently resides working with individuals who have been affected by trauma as well as working with the underserved population.
Jessica has been working under the supervision of licensed psychologists and therapists for over three years, gaining experience and knowledge in trauma related disorders, crisis management, and grounding techniques. She previously worked at Reconnect in the residential facility as a Resident Advisor for 2 years catering to the adult female population that were survivors of trauma. Jessica has also worked in substance abuse treatment providing case management services and implementing treatment plans to individuals ages 18 to 26 years old. Jessica would meet with clients weekly to maintain and work on goals set forth to increase their success in all areas of their life. She supplied guidance and support to all her clients while maintaining program guidelines and professional, yet empathetic boundaries.
Her academic research interests revolve around intergenerational trauma and how trauma affects brain development within cultural minorities. Currently, the focus of her dissertation is centered around the up and coming field of perinatal mental health.
Jessica is RITTM Certified.
Day 1: Friday, November 15, 2019
8:15 – 9:00 – Registration
Goals for Trauma Therapy
Theory: Improvement vs. Decompensation
Theory: Defining Terms
Theory & Exercise: Treatment Planning
Theory: Recovery vs. Resolution
Theory: Distinguishing Client Categories
Theory: The Brain and Central Nervous System
Theory: Clear Thinking
Video: Putting on the Brakes; Sensory Cues
Theory: Sensory Nervous System
Technique: Dual Awareness
Balancing Interoceptive and Exteroceptive
Video: Stabilizing with Exteroceptors and Resources
Theory & Practice: Resources Mediate Traumatic Stress
End of Day Discussion
Day 2: Saturday, November 16, 2019
Questions and Review from the First Day
Video: The Secret Life of the Brain
Theory: Precision Regulation of Autonomic Nervous System
10:30-10:45 – Break
Theory: Revising the Window of Tolerance
Practice: Observing the Autonomic Nervous System
Concept and Exercise: Muscle Tone and Containment
Theory: Misdiagnosing-Beware the Wrong Road
Theory: Adapting Mindfulness, Yoga, MBSR for those with PTSD
Video or Live Demonstration
End of Course Discussion
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, LCSW 20553
Rhona Rosenblatt is a Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and Integrative Body Psychotherapy practitioner. Using an integrative approach that favors somatic modalities, Rhona works with clients to explore what is held non-verbally in the body as an avenue toward healing and growth. Using the body’s wisdom as a guide, therapeutic interventions address traumatic memory, post-traumatic stress, and nervous system dysregulation. Rhona has found somatic work particularly effective with clients who have experienced acute and relational trauma, and clients often find a reduction in symptoms and an overall sense of improved well-being.
Rhona received her MSW from UCLA and is licensed as an LCSW.Rhona has previously worked in the field of child abuse and neglect, foster care, and domestic and international adoption, including work with multi-racial and non-traditional families. Rhona has presented at conferences and spoken on the subjects of adoption and foster care on NBC television and KPCC and KABC radio. Rhona also worked as a school therapist in the Santa Monica-Malibu school district with children and families presenting with anxiety, panic, depression, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder, family violence, and adjustment issues.
Rhona is RITTM Trained.
Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist
Laura Gajda has a background in eating disorders and mental health diagnoses. Laura was the Adolescent Dietitian at Rosewood Centers for Eating Disorders and specializes in educating and working with families of adolescents with eating disorders. She also specializes in working with adults that have eating disorders and building sustainability in their own recovery. Laura graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelors of Science in Dietetics where she also completed her internship. She looks forward to providing individualized care to each and every client. She helps each client build their own sense of autonomy around food and decrease the power that food can have over their life.
Certified Massage Therapist CAMTC 4220
Anita is a Certified Massage Therapist in the state of California and has been National Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork since 2008. She uses massage and bodywork to fulfill her passion of assisting others to decrease stress levels, relax the nervous system, relieve pain, trauma and physical disabilities. She is trained in somatic bodywork, a holistic mind-body approach used to release, integrate and heal emotions that remain in the body from past negative experiences. Consequently, restoring wholeness and well-being. Clients frequently comment on their increased ability to handle stress more effectively. She works with addiction, PTSD trauma, sexual abuse, and dissociative personality disorder. She also has experience working with special needs and terminally ill children and their families, in a Children’s Hospice Program. Anita is an Ayurvedic Health practitioner and has taken 200-hour Yoga Teacher training. Drawing on these holistic modalities she is able to assess dietary habits, lifestyle choices, and mental states. Thereby, assisting clients maintain a healthy life, eliminate impurities, reduce stress, and disease prevention. Prior to 2008 Anita has worked as a Radiation Therapist in Oncology both in hospital and private clinical environment for over 14 years. She has volunteered at Children’s Hospital Orange County, with the Homeless in Orange and Los Angeles counties. She recently volunteered at a global outreach program teaching and giving massage in India.
Anita is RITTM Informed.
EMDR, Primary Therapist LMFT17346
David Grill has been a licensed psychotherapist with over 35 years of specialization in the treatment of trauma as well as other difficulties and struggles that result in fear and a disconnect, with ourselves and others, and with life. He has extensive training and certifications in both cognitive behavioral and somatic treatment approaches and is one of the pioneers in understanding the importance of working with the psychological and physiological symptoms and difficulties of traumatic stress and PTSD.
He has been a faculty member and teacher/trainer for Somatic Experiencing. He was a faculty member for The Institute for Trauma & Loss In Children, and a national trainer and consultant supervisor for their National Certification Program. He was a faculty member and teacher for the Graduate Institute of Santa Barbara, and has presented at major conferences, and has conducted debriefings and trainings for major corporations, businesses, and schools.
David’s life work has been devoted to helping heal trauma and empower others. He specializes in working with strengths and resources to provide the means of building a sense of agency. He believes that connecting with ourselves and with others is vital for living a life we all want. He also believes that connecting with one’s heart, which can often feel so frightening, can be a most rewarding experience for our commitment and hard work.
David is RITTM Certified.
Daniel believes in a holistic approach to healing and performance including mind, body, and soul which facilitates internal change and progress. Based on his personal and professional experience he has realized that healing and internal growth is connected to all aspects of a person, not just the cognitive mind.
Daniel is a former college and professional basketball player. He received a Master’s degree in Counseling with specialization in drug addiction from Pace University in New York in 2012. Daniel is a trauma therapist with knowledge on transgenerational trauma. He spent the last 8 years in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil having a private practice working with a variety of people with varying degrees of mental and mood disorders. He has been trained in Brainspotting since 2014 along with other modalities such as Neurolinguistic Programing, Ericksonian Approach, and Whole Approach to Mind Trauma Therapy. Daniel is also a certified HeartMath Institute trainer providing workshops and individual sessions teaching Heart Coherence Techniques for emotional wellbeing. Lastly, he is versed in Sports Psychology and enjoys working with athletes and anyone interested in enhancing their performance through mental skills and mental preparation.
Daniel is RITTM Certified.
Enrique graduated and currently holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Riverside. At the moment, trying to pursue a master’s degree in psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy. Enrique aspires to work with the Latinx community in hope of providing counseling and support services for struggling families. His intent is to help individuals who have been affected by trauma and bring means to these individuals who do not have them.
Enrique has been involved with educating individuals with autism and other intellectual disabilities. He has provided guidance and support to these clients by educating them on basic life skills and coping strategies. Creating connections and establishing boundaries, he was able to create a safe and professional environment for his clients. Furthermore, he builds relationships that cultivated into a thriving and overall, positive experience.
He loves traveling to many different places and experiencing the culture around him. From the food to the music, Enrique has a great appreciation of cultural diversity and to the people surrounding that. He likes to watch films, cook, run, hike, and embrace life. As a Program Assistant, he works closely with the administrative team and clinical team to ensure that clients are receiving the best experience while at Reconnect.
Yoga Specialist, Yoga Alliance 152615
Lauren is a trauma-informed yoga instructor and a soon to be certified yoga therapist through the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT).
Lauren initially became interested in yoga and its self-care benefits as a result of her personal discoveries while healing her own trauma. During her deep work and research, she found that deliberate breath practice, postures and mindfulness tools could help to regulate the nervous system and aid in self-soothing, creating the foundation needed for true healing. Lauren understands the importance of connecting back to one’s body and she loves working with clients to help them to meet these deeply personal needs.
In an effort to help those in her community suffering from anxiety, addiction and other illnesses, Lauren has presented workshops addressing issues like Yoga for Overwhelm and Yoga of Recovery. She is dedicated to continuing her education but also knows the importance of making time to create and nurture her own practice. Lauren loves music and values time outdoors, as well as any opportunity to draw or paint, and she loves to dance.
E-RYT 200, RYT 500
Lauren is RITTM Informed.
MA, MTBC, AVPT
Stacie Aamon Yeldell, MA, MTBC, AVPT is a Board Certified Music Psychotherapist and sound healing vocalist with 15 years of experience in addiction and mental health treatment. She has treated tens of thousands of individuals in dozens of institutions, hospitals and treatment centers. Stacie’s transformative work at the Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles was featured on ABC News. She received a Masters degree in Music Therapy from New York University and a certification in Sound and Music Healing from the Open Center in New York City. She is also a Vocal
Psychotherapist (AVPT), which emphasizes the use of the voice as a path to wellness and healing. Stacie is a pioneer and thought leader in her field and recently introduced her customized mindfulness modality, The Amontra Method, which incorporates live acoustic guitar, song and mantra, as well as guided visualizations. Stacie is a staunch advocate for music and the creative arts as healing modalities. She is passionate and dedicated to radically empowering humanity through her workshops, trainings, retreats and private sessions.
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and EMDR
Dr. O’Loughlin is a licensed clinical psychologist. She blends an interpersonal-style therapy with mind-body modalities to help clients untangle and release old scars.
Laura welcomes those from a variety of backgrounds and lifestyles — while focusing on each person’s unique challenges, she fosters a collaborative, warmhearted connection. She has an affinity for working with those who struggle with recurring relationship troubles, navigating rocky life transitions, low self-esteem, and ADHD.
With a doctorate from The Chicago School of Prof Psych, Laura also has intensive training in insight-oriented, psychodynamic therapy at the Wright Institute Los Angeles and The Saturday Center for Psychotherapy where she developed a love of group process and dream analysis. In addition to studying Dr. Karol Darsa’s RITTM model for trauma, Laura is trained in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and EMDR.
For each client Laura holds the intention of alleviating unnecessary suffering and increasing the capacity for ease and joy.
Mahogany is an Associate Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and Associate License Clinical Counselor with a Master of Arts in Psychology from National University. She is currently in training at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology to receive her Psy. D in Applied Clinical Counseling. She is trained and certified in the RITTM model.
Mahogany works collaboratively with clients to re-establish connection to self and others. She is devoted to helping heal trauma and empower others through re-establish internal and external safety. She believes in developing coping strategies that help individuals increase their quality of life and increase a sense of control. Mahogany’s personal approach is noble, inspiring, meaningful and altruistic. When working with clients she is considerate, understanding, and passionate to process of develop ways to dealing with Trauma.
Mahogany became a therapist after spending many years working with individuals and families using Applied Behavioral Analysis and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and has seeing the transformation of clients using psychotherapy. She has had firsthand experience using RITTM modalities in the treatment of trauma.
MA, LMFT, CSAT Candidate
Lora Kojovic MA, LMFT (CA 114066), CSAT Candidate (2020-3198), is a licensed marriage and family therapist and a certified sex addiction therapist candidate. Lora completed her master’s degree in clinical psychology at Antioch University Los Angeles. She is also trained in trauma treatment modalities EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and RITTM (Reconnect Integrative Trauma Treatment Model).
Lora is a primary therapist at Reconnect Integrative Trauma Treatment Center. Prior to joining the team at Reconnect Center, Lora was a primary therapist at Seeking Integrity Los Angeles, a treatment facility specializing in intimacy disorders, working with individuals impacted by sex, love, and/or porn addictions, chemsex (fusion of maladaptive drug use and sexual behavior), as well as sexual anorexia and love avoidance. In providing psychotherapy, Lora uses a holistic, interpersonal-neurobiology-based approach, in addition to attachment-focused, cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, and systemic approaches. Lora’s passion for the fields of intimacy disorders and trauma stems from her desire to facilitate integrative healing and help people realize their potential.
Additional academic and work background: Lora received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a double-major in finance and French. Her desire to study subjects comprehensively enabled her to graduate at the top of her class in both her graduate and undergraduate studies. Before her career in psychotherapy, Lora worked in investment banking in New York City and then in the film industry in Los Angeles.
Dietitian / ED Specialist
Hayley is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Registered Dietitian. She is originally from Pennsylvania and obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Marywood University and her Master’s degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Chestnut Hill College. She is trained in Phase 1 of Brainspotting as well as Cognitive Processing Therapy for people with PTSD. She is also a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian and Supervisor, which means she has taken 4 additional courses on treating people with eating disorders, countless continuing education courses on treating people with eating disorders, passed a certification exam, and has worked with people with eating disorders for over 8 years. She has a special interest in working with people with eating disorders and trauma.
She works from a Health At Every Size framework, which means she does not treat people differently based on size and believes people are healthy at every size. She rejects diet culture mentalities and helps people to nourish their bodies without shame or guilt. She loves working with people on improving their relationships with food and their bodies. She combines cognitive behavioral approaches with somatic approaches to help those achieve their goals while also noticing what the body is trying to tell them. She connects with you on goals you would like to achieve while also noting any barriers that may come up.
Hayley feels called to this work because of her belief that everyone can recover from an eating disorder with a little help and support from providers.
Einat is an Associate Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, trained and certified in the RITTM model developed by Dr. Karol Darsa, with a Master of Arts in Psychology from Antioch University. She utilizes empathy, authentic positive regard, and attunement, to develop therapeutic alliance, and collaboratively works with clients on their journey towards healing.
Einat was trained at The Maple Counseling Center, and combines Psychodynamic theories with Somatic and Holistic techniques, which allows for a wholesome integrative experience and results. She uses coping strategies, mindfulness exercises and other tools to support brain integration and works on reestablishing a stronger sense of self, resilience and well being.
Embracing her many years of diverse life experiences, which have included academic legal studies, spiritual studies, and years of travels to distant communities, led Einat to her calling to become a therapist. Her studies in Zen Buddhism, Vipassana and Kabbalah taught her diversified approaches to mental health. She believes that each person is equipped with internal wisdom, strength, and resources that could be accessed in the process of recovery from trauma, and to reconnect with self and others.
With her passionate, loving, and down to earth approach to help others, Einat continues her journey to contribute to her community and to better each individual’s experience with their surrounding environment.