LEANNE LEMIRE, MSW, LCSW
Honoring The Survivor Within, LLC is a counseling and consulting practice specializing in treating adult survivors of childhood trauma.
Who is The Survivor Within You
When we are born, we all come into this world inherently valuable, lovable, special, innocent, and we are good enough just as we are. This is the truth of who we were then and who we are today. However, when we experience any type of trauma in our childhood, we become disconnected from this truth. It is still there but we have lost sight of it and may not have had the nurturance or support to ever believe in it as children or as adults today. Because this truth survives within us regardless of what we have been through, to heal we must learn how to acknowledge and reconnect with our truth in order to live a new life Honoring the Survivor Within us.
Effects of Childhood Trauma
As a result of being disconnected with the truth of who we are, we abandon this part of us. We believe that somehow the hurt we experienced is our fault, we are not good enough, worthless, we don’t matter, or we should have tried harder, etc. Without healing, these beliefs follow us into adulthood. We are left repeating dysfunctional family dynamics, coping in unhealthy and harmful ways, developing addictions, feeling depressed or anxious, and having difficulty in relationships. Our nervous systems are dysregulated leaving us vacillating between fight, flight, or freeze mode. Emotions related to the trauma can be triggered often causing us to be reactive without understanding why. It all leads back to the most important relationship- the relationship we have with ourselves.
Your time to heal has come.
You and Leanne will work together as a team helping you to reconnect with the survivor within yourself, build upon strengths, heal your most vulnerable wounds, learn healthy coping skills, live in the present moment, and improve your relationships today. In doing this work, you’ll not only say the words “I am valuable” but you will believe it, own it, and live it.
Whether you’ve been addicted yourself or not
you may be coping in ways that no longer serve you. If you are in recovery, take your sobriety to the next level getting to the root of what first brought you to self-medicate and ultimately led to losing yourself in the grips of your addiction.
Nervous System Regulation
The degree to which we are able to heal is directly related to the degree in which we are able to be present. Having survived any type of trauma emotionally or physically leaves us with a dysregulated nervous system. This has affected our ability to be present, leaving us in a flight, flight, or freeze response. Leanne offers various ways to assist you in learning how to ground yourself and come back to the present moment so true healing can take place.
SE is body-oriented approach to the healing of trauma and other stress disorders developed by Dr. Peter Levine. It offers a framework to assess where you are “stuck” in the fight, flight or freeze responses and provides clinical tools to resolve these fixated physiological states by focusing on body sensations and releasing stuck energy while building upon and strengthening your resiliency.
Post Induction Therapy
Pia Mellody’s model of developmental immaturity and codependency depicts how childhood trauma affects us as adults in our lives today. Together we will connect the dots of what happened, how it affected you then, how that may have changed overtime, and it’s connection to your current circumstances.
Once we understand how the trauma is affecting you today we can do a deeper piece of work. Experiential therapy creates an internal shift and is more effective than just talk therapy alone. It breaks through unconscious resistances and gets to the root of the underlying traumas. By depicting your inner world visually through inner child work, Gestalt empty chair techniques, psychodrama techniques etc, you will experience new insights, release emotions, and new healthy beliefs about your true self will emerge.
$165/50 mins individual sessions
$195/80 mins initial evaluation
*Telehealth video sessions also offered
Clinical Supervision for licensure available
A scheduled session may be cancelled up to 24 hours in advance without charge. If cancellation is within 24 hour window and for no-shows, full scheduled session cost will be billed.
“It’s never too late to be what you might have been”
– George Eliot
Once you chose hope, anything is possible.