Helping you get past obstacles, including trauma

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Have you tried to make positive changes in your life only to feel like you’re hitting a wall?  Maybe you have clear ideas of the changes you need to make, but obstacles keeps stopping you from moving forward.

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

Trauma

As a psychotherapist, I have often witnessed how trauma can be a obstacle to overcoming difficulties. Trauma shuts us down in ways we might not even realize. 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.

Other obstacles besides trauma

Trauma isn’t the only thing that holds us back. And I don’t believe in one-size-fits-all types of therapy. When receiving services from other therapists, I have often seen them put me in categories that really work for them than me.  As a therapist, I firmly believe in learning from you and working with you to develop a plan for addressing what you deal with.

Specialties

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 obstacle 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.