Helping us get past where we’ve been shut down

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Have you tried to make positive changes in your life only to find yourself hitting a wall? Might fear or grief over loss be holding you back? Do you live with anxiety, fear or disturbing memories?

Maybe you have clear ideas of the changes you need to make, but something keeps stopping you from moving forward.

It’s possible that trauma might be holding you back.

As a psychotherapist, I have often witnessed how trauma can often be a roadblock to overcoming life’s difficulties. Trauma shuts us down in ways we often don’t even realize. You may or may not have memories of that trauma. Trauma will often put us in “survival mode,” also often referred to as a “fight or flight” response. While this response has been critical to our survival as humans, it also often keeps us from thinking clearly about the challenges we face.

One way I try to address that trauma is through Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). This treatment helps people connect the part of the brain focused on survival with the rational part of the brain capable of solving problems.

In addition to trauma, my specialties include:

  • Life transitions
  • Group dynamics
  • Work and career issues
  • Self-esteem
  • Relationships
  • Depression
  • Severe and persistent mental illness

Life throws us many challenges. It’s unreasonable to expect ourselves to handle every single one with skill, ease and grace. I provide an empathetic ear and help people figure out their own way through the wilderness.

My name is Haven McClure, MSW, CAPSW. I believe everyone, regardless of their situation, has been doing the best they can. Let’s discuss what’s working well for you, what can work better, and how you and I can best work together to work through your challenges.

My credentials

I have a Master’s in Social Work earned from the University of Wisconsin, and my area of concentration was mental health. I am also certified as an Advanced Practice Social Worker in the State of Wisconsin. This permits me to offer psychotherapy services under supervision from a Licensed Clinical Social Worker–in this case James F. McGloin, Jr., PhD, LCSW who has been in practice since 1971.