Trauma Focused Therapy That Achieves Results

In order to provide effective trauma therapy techniques, it is crucial that we understand the basic human responses to traumatic stress and how we as organisms cope with overwhelming emotional situations. Trauma based therapy is built on our current understanding of the common responses that humans exhibit to traumatic experiences. Despite advances in research, it is also true that trauma affects each individual quite differently and the occurring disorders that result from it are equally unique.

Some people exhibit symptoms that are clearly associated with PTSD, while others demonstrate a resilient response and only experience short-term disturbances. Our early life and development, including parent and caretaker relationships and our own history of childhood trauma has so much to do with our ability to cope with trauma as adults.

At our trauma treatment center, we utilize scientifically proven methods to help clients process and release the negative emotions and limiting self-beliefs associated with trauma so that they can move forward in their lives. We do not place a strong emphasis on Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) or other CBT-related modalities. Our experience suggests that trauma release therapy methods, such as EMDR, are more effective at rapidly and completely eliminating distress. When these methods are utilized in a intensive retreat setting, lasting progress can be achieved in a days, not months or years. 

We stay current with all emerging research to provide you with cutting edge treatments as soon as they become available. Trauma is not a life sentence, and as our clients continually prove to us, even the most intense traumas can be healed. 

I have wanted to write to you for some time now. I want to give you excruciating details of our (my internal family) progress. The work we did has helped me so much. I say a prayer to you daily. I love you, so deeply. There are no words—thank you. I wish I could write

Homa G
I have felt huge shifts since my retreat. First I finally feel in charge of myself and my choices instead of feeling like a small onlooker just responding to things that I encounter. I have a good relationship with my mom, which I had written off before my retreat. I’m able to communicate with my

Megan Boxberger
My 5 day Intensive EMDR retreat gave me a new and improved sense of self-awareness and self love by allowing me to look deep within myself. This office is a very safe and entirely accepting space. Bambi helped me walk through painful memories in order to process my trauma by gently nudging me to step

Sky Yamagiwa

So much has changed in my life! I feel free from so much trauma. I have more time In the day as I’m not bogged down with negative, self destructive thoughts. I am so

The best part of my 5-day retreat with Dr. Bambi Rattner is that she was able to reach my trauma in such a gentle way. Bambi is compassionate, healing, gracious, sensitive, honest and funny. My retreat went by so quickly, even while spending 7+ hours with Bambi every day. I loved how kindly she brings

Judy G
When your ego is breaking apart you can feel stuck with trauma and a lot of blocked emotions you collect through your life. You need to let all those emotions go to become your new self. Bambi with her kindness, love and knowledge was the person that helped me to become my new version of

Pablo G.
At the very beginning of my intensive retreat with Bambi she told me that the process would open up my life to all the universe had to offer. That was a very nice thought but I had no idea that it would completely change my life. After struggling with chronic Lyme disease for 13 years

Josephine Burnett, PhD
Dr Bambi Rattner worked with me doing intensive EMDR after my mother had passed. I was experiencing a reactivation of my PTSD from the sudden death of my father when I was a kid, that got reactivated from my mother’s recent death. It would have been a much longer road of healing without Dr Bambi’s

Dr Kate Klemer, DC, RCST
Dr Kate Klemer, DC, RCST
It seems impossible to describe the extent of the positive impact that Bambi’s intensive therapy brought to me. The first night after about 5-6 hours of her intensive trauma therapy, I experienced a new sense of serenity that I had not felt for close to 15 years. Physically and mentally, it felt similar to when

As someone who has struggled with suicidal depression since childhood, I have done important work with many therapists, counselors, and healers. But Bambi Rattner is the first to help me recognize, name, and face my deepest wounds, and to compassionately embrace the parts into which I broke myself to survive. Bambi has not only shown

Joy Ladin
I have participated in intensive therapy with Dr. Bambi Rattner on three different occasions. I had not done a therapy intensive before and was hesitant, but Bambi made me feel comfortable right from the start. She is warm, accepting, non-judgmental, and deeply kind. As a trauma survivor, it is hard for me to feel safe with people and

Jessica B.
My life had become like ashes in my mouth. I felt nothing but fear, and maybe shame, but not even much of those because I was so shut down by a lifetime of “sucking it up” and “pulling myself up by my bootstraps” until, one day, those bootstraps ripped off in my hands. I was

Don Cuerdon
I sought out Bambi’s help for my son when he was 5 years old and suffering from behavioral outbursts and PTSD from early childhood trauma. I was impressed with Bambi’s abilities. She was always very calming and engaging. She was able to guide him through past traumatic memories in a way that allowed him to

G. O.
Bambi was an integral part to overcoming issues I was still dealing with from my past. She is very kind, open, listens, and provides positive direction to her clients. I felt extremely comfortable working with her and had no trouble opening up and talking. She really helped improve my depression and anxiety in a short

Heather Clifford Moros
I knew I was in good hands… Bambi demonstrated just the right balance of abiding kindness and exceptional knowledge in her craft as a trauma therapist. She brought me through a week-long intensive EMDR retreat in a way that felt safe and productive. She genuinely cared and responded with attunement and warmth to the varied

Traccie Hilton, LMHC

Trauma Informed Therapy For Everyone

We can utilize trauma focused therapy as our treatment model for issues including depression, anxiety, PTSD, physical, sexual violence and emotional abuse, child abuse, grief and loss, eating disorders, addiction and substance abuse, personality disorders and more. At the core of trauma are negative emotions and limiting self-beliefs that are connected to an intensely negative experience. These must be addressed through trauma informed care in order for symptoms to be dissipated.

At our trauma treatment center, we use EMDR, often called the gold standard for trauma release therapy, and IFS to process the negative emotions associated with your traumatic experiences. The memories remain, but they no longer have power over you in an unhealthy and distressing way. Limiting self-beliefs are then reshaped into positive beliefs that support and empower you.

Why an Intensive Therapy Retreat?

Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy vs EMDR

TF-CBT is designed to assist children and their families to work through the negative effects of a traumatic experience. This trauma based therapy can also help parents and caretakers to better cope with the thoughts and emotions relating to trauma. It requires that parents and children practice certain skills at home in order for it to be optimally effective. The therapist will use a variety of trauma therapy techniques to help children and parents develop the resources necessary to work through the negative experience that caused the trauma. It relies heavily on the trust between the child, parent or caretaker and therapist. Results are often achieved with 16-25 sessions.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a form of trauma release therapy designed for people of all ages to process traumatic memories by processing the negative emotions and limiting self-beliefs associated with them. During a session, the therapist leads the client through sets of side-to-side eye movements, sounds or tapping. Sets last approximately 30-60 seconds, after which the client will be asked to briefly discuss what came up for them before going into the next set. This process is called desensitization. The goal of desensitization is for the client to follow their thoughts and allow the intensity of the negative emotions to reduce until complete resolution is achieved. Often this can happen in only a few sessions. An advantage of EMDR is that there is no homework between sessions and the client does not need to share many details of the trauma with the therapist for the method to be effective.

Compared to Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR is simpler, requires much less work between sessions and can often achieve results in significantly fewer sessions than TF-CBT. Of all methods of trauma informed therapy approach, it is our belief that EMDR can achieve the most effective and lasting reduction in trauma symptoms in the shortest period of time. When used in an intensive therapy retreat at our trauma treatment center, results are further accelerated, as processing can occur for several hours each day.

There is constantly new and emerging research in the field of trauma focused therapy, leading to exciting new discoveries about the brain and how we cope with traumatic experiences. Trauma, in the purest sense, is our response to life-threatening experiences. This fits in with our understanding of the activation during trauma of the older brain structures in our limbic system, or "reptilian brain". Yet many traumas can occur from events that are not truly life-threatening.

It seems that an abuse or betrayal from somebody that we rely on for survival, such a parent or caretaker, may produce similar consequences as a more obvious threat, despite the lack of real danger. This may have to do with the subjective component of our traumatic experiences, as humans naturally create meaning out of the context in which events occur. Being let down by somebody who is a fixture in our lives can trigger a very real and very intense fear response. Trauma based therapy is still learning the nuances of this complex field of study. As research continues, it is likely that someday we will understand more deeply how each individual is predisposed to react to negative life experiences so that we can cater our trauma therapy techniques uniquely to them.

Why a Retreat?

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