Jamie Posthuma, PhD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist
The word trauma originates from a Greek word for wound, a word which, today, has multiple uses. One use is to describe a behavioral state resulting from severe mental or emotional stress. Trauma can come in several forms and is often held deeply within our bodies. Whether it is a tragedy experienced in childhood or a shock to the body from a car accident, trauma has a way of affecting our present moment in unconscious and very real emotional and physical reactions. These reactions are normal responses from our body’s survival mechanism and not necessarily a mental disorder, but understanding how these responses might affect our present day is a very insightful and critical step toward healing. Overcoming trauma is about regaining strength, power, and confidence. It is about building resilience. It is about triumph. We have the power to recover from trauma because it is a wound that can be healed.
Overall, my approach to therapy is integrative and borrows from many evidenced based practices and theoretical orientations including Trauma Systems Therapy, Synergetic Play Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, Sensory Motor Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused CBT, Structural Family Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, and Psychodynamic and Attachment Theories.
My approach to therapy is primarily informed by my extensive training and research in Trauma Systems Therapy (TST). This is a model of treatment for children, adolescents, and families struggling to maintain stability as a result of having experienced distress due to a past or ongoing trauma. By specifically addressing the child or adolescent’s social environment and system of care, TST provides an integrated and highly coordinated system of services. My experience developing and managing a TST program has allowed me to understand the importance of treating the whole family system when treating childhood trauma and allows me to establish a specific style of treatment.
I believe that the most important element of therapy is a relationship where you, your child, and your family feel safe and comfortable. I tailor my therapeutic approach to meet the specific needs of my clients by creating a unique treatment plan that is based on your individual needs while integrating family dynamics, culture, past, and present situation. I work from a supportive and inclusive position which allows for continual improvement by working together to design goals and encourage feedback to help you and your family achieve success.
I am passionate about living in balance with mind, body, and spirit and believe that the answer to present suffering is through understanding the whole system and learning how to strengthen the connection between our mind and bodies. I enjoy supporting my clients through the change process and encouraging the growth of your strengths and insights in order to help you reach your goals and find a greater sense of fulfillment and balance in life.
Education and Experience
I am a Licensed Psychologist in Washington and Colorado with my Doctorate of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology from the APA accredited Alliant International University, California School of Professional Psychology with an emphasis on marriage and family therapy.
I have over a decade of experience within the mental health field and have provided individual, couples, family, and group therapy to adults, adolescents, and children in outpatient and in-home settings within non-profit organizations, community mental health settings, and group private practice.
Most recently, I worked in Colorado where I developed and managed a program and provided clinical supervision for a team specialized in treating complex trauma in children, adolescents, and families. I have also completed an externship in Emotion Focused Therapy concepts where I studied theories of relationships and adult attachment through the process of change. Additionally, I have been trained in Synergetic Play Therapy which focuses on authenticity and attunement in the attachment process of play therapy to help teach children how to regulate. Furthermore, I am a trained Love and Logic facilitator and utilize this model of teaching parenting skills through hosting classes and utilizing concepts through parent coaching.
Whatever brings you in, my goal is to help you, your child, and your family grow toward living a more balanced and fulfilling life. I look forward to meeting you.
Find out more about Jamie at: www.dynamicimpactservices.com