Counseling for


and Trauma

I want to tread lightly here.

Somehow, we've been led to believe that trauma only happens when it's associated with the military and/or war. And indeed, it does.

But that's not the only time or way trauma occurs.

At it's most basic level, trauma presents itself when you experience something distressing and overwhelming, and you don't have the capacity to work through it so it becomes stuck in your mind and body.

In the aftermath, the experiences show up whenever it wants, however it wants.

You don't have to be in the military to experience distress and be in a war.

Many women struggle in the silent war within, from a multitude of experiences.   

 It is possible for you to experience peace.

Together, we can strategize so you can overcome the war - in your mind; in your body; in your soul.

Your desire to stand strong, look at your life's story, and say, "I've won. I've overcome," can be more than just a dream or desire. It can be your reality.

“You either walk inside your story and own it or you stand outside your story and hustle for your worthiness.” Brene Brown

Whatever winning looks like for you, know you are worth it.


Whatever overcoming looks and feels likes for you, I will support you in your journey as you work through those disturbing experiences, and use brain-body-based tools specifically designed to heal the wounds held in your body and nervous system, like Brainspotting and EMDR.

Click here to find out more about EMDR, and here for Brainspotting.

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    Butterfly Effect Counseling & Consultation Center

    Shelly Bates, M.A., LPC BSP-CIT

    EMDR Certified

    Brainspotting (BSP) Practitioner

    Dancing Mindfulness Facilitator

    1202 Richardson Drive

    Suite 310

    Richardson, Texas 75080

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