top of page
Young Man in Therapy

Trauma Interventions


I offer a unique course designed to teach the effects of toxic stress on children and families. I utilize a curriculum based on and its evidenced based Trauma Resilience Children. The course features Sensory Based Interventions for Guardians and Children. Below is a sample of what I have based my program on.


“There is no such thing as a bad child.”


Stemming from our founder Floyd Starr’s revolutionary belief “there is no such thing as a bad child,” our strength-based approach to building resilience in youth has remained true since Floyd first set our commonwealth into motion in 1913.

Every day, we work to develop healthy relationships, attitudes, and experiences to showcase the innate greatness in all children; to empower the professionals and communities that serve them; and to provide the best tools, resources, and perspective possible to unlock the limitless success we believe all children are capable of achieving. We seek to nurture the roots that were first planted by our founder, as their strength has fueled more than 100 years of growth and opportunity for the countless children we continue to serve.

Child Therapist


What began as the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children (TLC) in 1990 by Dr. William Steele (MSW, PsyD) has grown into Starr’s global network of educational and human service professionals informed by resources, materials, and trainings that have been changing the lives of children and their families ever since. Providing services to traumatized children and their families, Starr is driven to provide professionals the training and resources needed to help children, families, and communities thrive.


Starr’s strength-based, resilience-focused approach is rooted in the universal principle that, to be emotionally healthy, all youth need a sense of belonging, mastery, independence, and generosity. This unique model of positive youth development, the Circle of Courage®, was developed by Starr’s 2nd President, Dr. Larry K. Brendtro (PhD), and his colleagues. The model integrates the cultural wisdom of tribal peoples, the practical wisdom of professional pioneers with troubled youth, and the findings of modern youth development research.

The Circle of Courage® model addresses the needs and problems of each individual and fosters healing and growth through interventions held in an atmosphere of respect and growth. Each intervention is trauma-informed and resilience-focused and designed to encourage the child to feel safe and comfortable in an environment of understanding and acceptance. Every broken circle can be repaired, and with every repair comes a greater sense of resilience, strength, and belief in one’s greatness.


ART incorporates a combination of techniques used in many other traditional psychotherapies. ART works directly to reprogram the way in which distressing memories and images are stored in the brain so that they no longer trigger strong physical and emotional reactions. ART accomplishes this through the use of rapid eye movements similar to eye movements that occur during dreaming. Although techniques similar to these are used in other types of therapies, ART’s very specific and directive approach can achieve rapid recovery from symptoms and reactions that may have been present for many years. ART combines long respected, sound treatment practices with safe and effective methods validated by current scientific research studies conducted by the University of South Florida.  

Learn More

Family Time
bottom of page