Relational Trauma Recovery Center

The most difficult traumas from which to recover are those that occur at the hands of those we expect to love and protect us.

Relational trauma can occur when the actions of another violate the trust on which a relationship was built. The experience of profound and unexpected betrayal can be deeply traumatic and cause lasting changes in the areas of the brain responsible for regulating emotion, thought, and memory. This can happen when we are children, and it can happen when we are adults.


When your brain is hijacked in this way, regaining control is difficult, no matter how long ago the betrayal occurred. Yet your brain is resilient, and so are you. Treatment at the Relational Trauma Recovery Center is designed to take advantage of neuroplasticity – your brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections in order to adapt and adjust to new situations, experiences, and environments.

Your resilience is a powerful force.


Michelle Roberts

I work with clients whose PTSD, anxiety, depression, and addictions were caused by past trauma. My work is based on the fundamental belief that recovery is only possible if the underlying trauma is treated and resolved. I also understand that your trauma is yours, and that your path to recovery will be unique.


My multi-dimensional approach is shaped by the latest research in neuroscience. Each of the methods that I use is informed by what is now known about the brain, what I can learn about the particular needs of each client, and how I can craft a treatment plan specific to those needs. 


The relationship with your therapist can be especially valuable

to clients who have struggled to form relationships in the past, and to those whose trauma has made it difficult to form trusting bonds.

I hold the connection between therapist and client as sacred.


Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy is a robust, evidence-based method that uses eye movements to work deeply in neural networks to reprocess difficult or traumatic events.


Somatic psychotherapy is a gentle, experiential method of resolving trauma and healing from anxiety, depression, and other mental, emotional, and physical health challenges by working with the autonomic nervous system.


Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment that emphasizes individual psychotherapy and group skills training classes for mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness.

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