We Are Healing Trauma 2020

Virtual Summit for Survivors

CPTSD Foundation is Proud and Honored to bring together Clinicians, Coaches, and Thought Leaders in the area of Trauma Recovery to Help Equip and Encourage you on your Journey.








September 2nd, 2020


Check back to this page often as we continue to share more information about this incredible event; including how to gain access, more speaker announcements, topics we’ll be covering, and more!

Register to watch for Free for a Limited Time!


By registering, you will have the opportunity to watch all of the interviews for FREE, for a limited time starting on September 2nd, 2020, at 12 pm, Eastern. All of the information you need will be in the emails we send you after you register.

PLUS! You’ll have the opportunity to secure a Lifetime Access Pass to every interview recorded for the 2020 We Are Healing Trauma Virtual Summit, including chat transcripts and any future bonus content offered after the event has concluded.

Bessel van der Kolk

MD, Author, Researcher, Educator

Bessel A. van der Kolk M.D. is a clinician-researcher and teacher in the area of post-traumatic stress. His work integrates developmental neurobiological psychodynamic and interpersonal aspects of the impact of trauma and its treatment.

Dr. van der Kolk and his various collaborators have published extensively on the impact of trauma on development such as dissociative problems borderline personality and self-mutilation cognitive development memory and the psychobiology of trauma. He has published over 150 peer-reviewed scientific articles on such diverse topics as neuroimaging self-injury memory neurofeedback Developmental Trauma yoga theater and EMDR.

He is the founder of the Trauma Research Foundation in Boston, MA, past President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University Medical School. He regularly teaches at universities and hospitals around the world

His most recent 2014 New York Times Science bestseller The Body Keeps the Score: Brain Mind and Body in the Treatment of Trauma transforms our understanding of traumatic stress revealing how it literally rearranges the brain’s wiring—specifically areas dedicated to pleasure engagement control and trust. He shows how these areas can be reactivated through innovative treatments including neurofeedback mindfulness techniques play yoga and other therapies. Learn more at BesselvanderKolk.com

Dr. Ramani Durvasula

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Best Selling Author

Dr. Ramani Durvasula is on a mission to demystify and dismantle the toxic influence of narcissism on all of our lives. She is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Santa Monica and Sherman Oaks, CA and Professor of Psychology at California State University, Los Angeles, where she was named Outstanding Professor in 2012, and a visiting professor at the University of Johannesburg. She was also the national recipient of the American Association of University Women Emerging Scholar Award.

She takes on our modern scourges of entitlement and incivility in “Don’t You Know Who I Am”: How to Stay Sane in the Era of Narcissism, Entitlement and Incivility. She is the author of the modern relationship survival manual Should I Stay or Should I Go: Surviving a Relationship With a Narcissist, and of You Are WHY You Eat: Change Your Food Attitude, Change Your Life.

The focus of Dr. Durvasula’s clinical, academic and consultative work is the etiology and impact of narcissism and high-conflict, entitled, antagonistic personality styles on human relationships, mental health, and societal expectations. She has spoken on these issues to clinicians, educators and researchers around the world.

Guy Macpherson, Ph.D.

Trauma Therapist Project

Doctorate in clinical psychology, creator of The Trauma Therapist Project, The Trauma Therapist | Podcast, and Trauma Therapist | 2.0, I bring together resources for clinicians and therapists of all kinds who are starting out on their trauma-informed journey.

Lisa A. Romano

Breakthrough Life Coach & Best Selling Author

Lisa A. Romano is a Certified Life Coach and an expert in the field of CODEPENDENCY and NARCISSISTIC ABUSE. She is also a bestselling author, speaker, and popular Youtube Vlogger.  Lisa runs online coaching programs that are proving to help wounded adult children, some of whom have had years of conventional therapy and who have also tried various types of medication, learn to heal their lives through her unique healing approach. Lisa believes strongly in the idea that isolated and wounded adult children benefit greatly from being in the company of other healing, empathetic, abuse survivors, so therefore hosts live events throughout the year to help facilitate the human connection between those who so often feel forgotten. 

Jodi Aman, LCSW

Licensed Therapist, Best Selling Author, YouTuber

Inspirationally speaking and counseling for over 20 years, Jodi shows Generation Z, their parents, and helpers how to feel worthy, empowered and in control. On her YouTube channel, Practical Miracles, she helps audiences all over the world get clarity, push past fear, and evolve their consciousness.

Rachel Grant

Sexual Abuse Recovery Coach, M.A. Counseling Psychology

Rachel Grant is the owner and founder of Rachel Grant Coaching and is a Sexual Abuse Recovery Coach. She is also the author of Beyond Surviving: The Final Stage in Recovery from Sexual Abuse.

She brings to the table a passionate belief that her clients do not have to remain trapped or confronted daily by the thoughts or behaviors that result from abuse.

Vennie Kocsis

Author, Artist

I am a highly-sensitive, embodied Empath, and integrated DID carrier. I live daily with the aftermath leftover from extreme child abuse. I understand the journey through figuring out the shattering of religious and sexual abuse recovery. I know the intense work it takes to find our original, authentic mind and inner child. It can happen for us. It WILL happen for us!

We can integrate the dissected pieces of ourselves. We can tell our stories from a place of truth and authenticity, rejecting our critics and owning your own strength.

dr annita sawyer - guest speaker - cptsd foundation

Dr. Annita Sawyer

Clinical Psychologist: Psychotherapist, Writer, Speaker

Annita Sawyer is a licensed psychologist and a member of Yale’s clinical faculty, in practice for over thirty years. Her essays and stories have appeared in a number of literary and professional journals. Her memoir was awarded the 2013 Santa Fe Writers Project Nonfiction Grand Prize.

Julie Hall

Journalist, Author, Coach,Poet

Julie L. Hall is the author of The Narcissist in Your Life: Recognizing the Patterns and Learning to Break Free from Hachette Books. She is the founder of The Narcissist Family Files, an international resource for narcissistic abuse trauma understanding and recovery, and she assists clients around the world as a narcissistic abuse recovery consultant and coach.

Lou Bergholz - edgework consulting

Shari Botwin, LCSW

Author, Speaker, Clinician

Shari Botwin, LCSW, has been counseling survivors of all types of trauma in her Cherry Hill, New Jersey private practice for over twenty-two years. Her second book, “Thriving After Trauma: Stories of Living and Healing, Rowman & Littlefield,” (Rowman & Littlefield, November 8, 2019) deals with overcoming trauma including physical and sexual abuse, war-related injury, loss due to tragedy or illness and natural disasters.

She has given expert testimony on breaking stories related to trauma (Covid-19) on a variety of international media outlets; including, NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, NBC News Now with Dr. John Torres,  ABC News, CBS News, MSNBC Live, CTV News, CP-24 News, CNN, Sports Illustrated, Prevention Magazine, The Associated Press, Philadelphia Magazine and Radio Europe


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Lou Bergholz

Founder, Edgework Consulting

Lou is entering his 19th year of work with Edgework and has over two decades of experience working with teams, organizations and communities on their most pressing human capital and human development issues.

For over a decade, Lou has been working to create trauma-informed interventions in the US and abroad that apply academic research and clinical practice to populations without reliable access to definitive clinical care.

Lou Bergholz - edgework consulting

Robyn Brickel, MA, LMFT

Founder and Clinical Director, Brickel and Associates, LLC

Robyn is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with 20+ years of experience providing psychotherapy, as well as the founder and clinical director of a private practice, Brickel and Associates, LLC in Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia. She and her team bring a strengths-based, trauma-informed, systems approach to the treatment of individuals (adolescents and adults), couples, and families. She specializes in trauma
(including attachment trauma) and the use of dissociative mechanisms; such as self-harm, eating disorders, and addictions. She also approaches treatment of perinatal mental health from a trauma-informed lens.

Robyn also guides clients and clinicians who wish to better understand the impact of trauma on mental health and relationships. She has a wide range of post-graduate trauma and addictions education and is trained in numerous relational models of practice, including Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT), the Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy (PACT), and Imago therapy. She is a trained Sensorimotor Psychotherapist and is a Certified EMDRIA therapist and Approved Consultant. Utilizing all of these tools, along with mindfulness and ego state work to
provide the best care to her clients. She prides herself on always learning and expanding her knowledge on a daily basis about the intricacies of treating complex trauma and trauma’s impact on perinatal distress.
Read much more about Robyn on her website.

claudio micco - guest speaker - we are healing trauma - cptsd foundation

Claudio Micco, YACEP, ACE

Licensed Massage Therapist, Hypnotherapist, Owner HypnoFit Maui LLC

Claudia Micco is the owner of HypnoFit Maui LLC, she specializes in mind-body movement therapy that blends cognitive hypnosis and physical training.

She has been a global fitness expert for over 35 years. As a trainer of teachers, her methods have been shared all over the world at fitness conventions, retreats, and workshops.

Her passion is teaching movement in a way that is fun, personally meaningful, and result-oriented. She has encouraged thousands of clients to move with ease rather than pain, as well as coaching the food and mood connection. Her motto is “train the mind and the body will

Claudia believes the blend of traditional exercises with mindful movements such as Pilates, Feldenkrais, Yoga, Bioenergetics, and Tai Chi can calm and reset the nervous system and strengthen the physical being.
She is an ERYT 500 Yoga Alliance teacher trainer and continuing education provider YACEP and American Council on Executive (ACE). In addition, she is also a licensed massage and hypnotherapist.

Lou Bergholz - edgework consulting

Sharmi Gowri-Kriszyk B.Sc. MBPsP

Clinical Director, Founder & Lead Clinician of Stepping Stones Psychology

Sharmi is a Specialist Trauma Therapist residing in the UK. Sharmi’s background is a doctorate training in Counselling Psychology and after working in a specialist trauma and attachment clinic for five years, she moved on to focus on the expansion of her own clinical practice that specializes in trauma healing.

Sharmi is very passionate about trauma work. She has developed a number of specialist group programs to support adult survivors of childhood trauma. One of these is a carefully planned program to support parents living with trauma. She has recently been working on a therapeutic membership package dedicated to those living with complex trauma/complex PTSD, and this is due to be launched on 1st August 2020.

Sharmi’s mission and vision are to offer appropriate holistic and embodied approaches to trauma healing for those who have had years of medication and conventional therapy with no or little progress. She is acutely aware that those who are the most in need of these specialist trauma services are often people who cannot afford it. She has therefore also been working on a Bursary Fund to help people who can otherwise not afford it, to be able to access the services for free or at a low cost.

dr. arielle schwartz - guest speaker - cptsd foundation

Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, Author, Consultant, Therapist Trainer

ARIELLE SCHWARTZ, PHD is a licensed clinical psychologist, EMDR therapy consultant, and certified yoga instructor with a private practice in Boulder, Colorado.

She earned her masters in somatic psychology through Naropa University and her doctorate in clinical psychology at Fielding Graduate University. Her strength-based approach to psychotherapy is called Resilience Informed Therapy, which integrates a mind-body approach to healing.

She is a core teacher with the Maiberger Institute, offering therapist trainings in EMDR therapy and somatic psychology. She specializes in PTSD, complex PTSD, grief and loss, resilience in child development, therapeutic yoga, and healing chronic pain and illness.

She believes all people deserve to be empowered by knowledge and is dedicated to offering informational mental health and wellness updates through her heartfelt community presentations, social media presence, and blog.

Register for this Life-Changing Event

All of the incredible speakers who participated in the We Are Healing Trauma 2020 Virtual Summit for Survivors, have dedicated their lives to helping survivors of all types of abuse realize that they can be who they want to be, and break free from the chains of their past.

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Athena Moberg, CPC, Executive Director, CPTSD Foundation

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