Stress and Trauma Management

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        When you come to me for therapy about a problem with stress or trauma, I listen very closely to what is disturbing you, what you have tried, and how you hope to change.  I will empathize with your problem and provide a safe space for you to talk about the things you wish to share.  In the first session, I will often make suggestions which you can immediately implement to begin to feel better. Together, we will choose personalized tools to help you live a calmer and more contented way of life.

        More specifically, if you are often feeling overwhelmed, I will find immediate tools to help you begin to cope.  I will help you to notice what is going on with you and offer some ways of soothing yourself.  As you discuss what your sources of stress are, we will start creating goals which we will work toward, according to your personal needs.

        If you are having nightmares, reliving a traumatic event or feeling constantly on guard, maybe expecting something bad to happen, these are trauma symptoms.  If these symptoms are disrupting your life, you may benefit from the technique called EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing).  This is a relatively recent trauma clearing tool which can help release trauma experiences locked in the nervous system.  My clients say that EMDR is very soothing and amazing to experience.  Many of them have found great relief from situations and events which happened many years ago - or just recently.  



        EMDR can also be used in lots of other situations - like when you feel anxious generally, distressed about a recurring situation, or even to support new successes.  Trauma work does not require treatment with EMDR, but I have seen how it can access buried memories and clear trauma from individuals’ nervous systems when integrated with ongoing psychotherapy.  Other ways of reducing trauma-related anxiety are useful in addition to EMDR.

         If you are having health problems which seem related to stress, I have a number of tools which can help.  Of course, I obtain a history of your physical and mental concerns and what is currently a problem.  I will ask for releases to access any relevant medical records and speak to any medical professionals which have potential information.  Our bodies are amazing organisms which respond to illness, stress, and other stimuli in sometimes unpredictable ways, which can confuse us and cause worry.  I will help you sort out the physical and emotional pieces of the puzzle by mapping out detailed treatment goals toward we will work to improve how you feel and function.


        No matter what your problem is I always work with you to define treatment goals that fit your particular needs.  We create an evolving outline which will change as you do in your therapy.  My clients often say that I “really understand” them when I show them the draft of their treatment goals and how I hope the therapy will unfold.  This provides more trust in the therapy process which helps change occur.


        Some common goals are listed below:

  1.    Pay attention to physical sensations in your body 

            and learn what they mean.


  1.     Create individualized tools to handle ongoing

            anxiety and/or depression.

  1.     Develop new ways to handle health concerns.

  1.     Learn to focus on the present.

  1.    Obtain techniques to heal from and manage the

            effects of acute stress or trauma, including EMDR.

  1.    Use activities that make you laugh and lighten your

            mood, even when you are very stressed or anxious.



        If you wish to find out more about Stress and Trauma Management, please check the Suggested Reading and Community Resources pages of my website.



        Click below for information on my other specialties:

        Relationships and Codependency      and

        Grief, Illness, and Transition.

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Diana Sanborn, Ph.D., is a Licensed Psychologist providing individual adult psychotherapy services for Marin County and the San Francisco Bay Area.  She specializes in Stress, Anxiety, Trauma; Relationships and Codependency; and  Grief, Illness, and Transition.  Her accessible office is located in Kentfield, CA, across from the College of Marin, close to Highway 101, and near to San Anselmo, San Rafael, Larkspur, and Mill Valley.

How do I help you learn to cope with stress and trauma, including possible health concerns?

Contact Info:

Diana Sanborn, PhD

(415)  721- 2884

Office location:

1030 S.F. Drake, #100-2

Kentfield  CA 94904