Speaker Bio & Presentations

Karol Darsa, PsyD

Special Speaker

Dr. Karol Darsa

Dr. Darsa is a licensed psychologist and trauma specialist. She is the author of The Trauma Map and founder of Reconnect Integrative Trauma Treatment Center. Her 22 years of clinical experience in trauma and mental health disorders established her as a coveted speaker on trauma treatment at worldwide conferences, treatment centers and universities including USC, UCLA and Cal Lutheran. Her expertise using evidence-based trauma treatments combining Somatic Experiencing, EMDR, Brainspotting and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy established her as a trauma specialist. She helps clients release and heal from their trauma using an approach that is gentle but direct.

In 2002, Dr. Darsa studied under Christine Schenk, founder of the CHRIS-Technique, an energy therapy focused on teaching clients how to ground themselves in their bodies. In 2012, Dr. Darsa co-created Invisible War Recovery, a program designed to treat military sexual trauma survivors. She learned that clients who become dysregulated due to traumatic events or emotional disorders benefit from a finely attuned, gentle, body-based process to help heal and reconnect mind and body.

During Dr. Karol Darsa’s 20-plus years of therapeutic clinical practice, she developed a finely attuned, body-based method to heal and reconnect the mind and body. You will feel understood and safe throughout the gentle process taught in The Trauma Map.

Dr. Darsa’s deep understanding of trauma healing was developed at her acclaimed treatment center, Reconnect Integrative Trauma Treatment Center. Her groundbreaking method is now directly available to you through this healing toolbox lovingly offered in The Trauma Map: Five Steps to Reconnect With Yourself.

Presentations & Workshops

Trauma and Dissociation: An Integrative Trauma Treatment Model for Complex PTSD and Dissociative Clients

The presentation will address the importance of assessing and treating dissociation with complex PTSD clients from an integrative, three-phase approach. An integration of evidence-based trauma treatment models such as EMDR, Brainspotting, Somatic therapies, Gestalt, Energy Psychology, and Mindfulness will be discussed. The aforementioned modalities offers resources and tools for the clinicians to provide individualized, client-centered, body oriented and holistic trauma treatment.

The methodology follows three sequential phases beginning with stabilization through the therapeutic alliance, grounding, and resourcing. The subsequent phase allows for processing memories in a contained way by utilizing an integration of EMDR, Brainspotting, and a blend of body resources. The third phase encompasses integration of phase 1 and 2 focusing on the trauma that has been worked through and maintenance of what has been achieved.

  1. Participants will be able to identify and assess the spectrum of dissociation
  2. Participants will summarize the three phase approach to trauma treatment.   
  3. Participants will be able to recognize clients’ window of tolerance and appropriate timing for processing trauma memories. 
  4. Participants will determine appropriate use of mindfulness skill as well as somatic tracking skills,  and apply it to treatment of trauma and dissociation.

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