About Raphael Barker
What I do know is that we become traumatized when our ability to respond to a perceived threat is in some way overwhelmed. This inability to adequately respond can impact us in obvious ways, as well as ways that are subtle. - Peter Levine
Overwhelming events can be life-changing. We may feel as if the person we thought we were supposed to be has been permanently changed. In many ways, this is true. We may feel anxious, confused, and ashamed. We may blame ourselves. We may find ourselves "re-playing" our past over and over again in how we respond to our partners; our life. We get "triggered" by seemingly small things. We feel handicapped and negatively compare ourselves to others, eventually alienating ourselves because we don’t get how other people keep moving on.
Yet trauma and overwhelm can be transformed into increased resilience and new capacities. We have gifts and wisdom that are uniquely ours that can use some encouragement. I have a strong conviction that with the right conditions, we can heal from adversity. If fact, we can thrive. My work is to provide a safe relationship that can support the body's intrinsic capacity for healing and the mind make new meaning.
- Grief and Loss
- Chronic Pain/Fibromyalgia
- Adults abused as children
- Complex PTSD
- Dissociative Disorders
- Developmental Trauma
Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, Marriage and Family Therapist Intern
EMDR trained, Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology, Re-Creating the Self basic and advanced, Several massage and touch trainings