A mental health village for healing wounds and growing capacity
Resilience Villages comprehensively treat trauma. Trauma and trauma-related disorders cannot be fully healed through talk therapy alone. The neurological effects of trauma impact the whole body, so healing psychological trauma requires a village of healers. Resilience Villages employ psychologists and mental health counselors who are trained in trauma-informed modalities and partner with allied healing professionals using evidence-based practices for treating trauma.
Some of these partners practice trauma-informed yoga, somatic art therapy, drumming, nature, and trauma-informed medical message for treating trauma and growing capacity. Resilience Villages are strategically designed physical spaces open to the public (regardless if you are a client) where people come to heal deeply and completely from trauma and grow resilience to manage the challenges ahead.
Dr. Kari O'Grady
Dr. O'Grady is a licensed clinical psychologist with a focus on being with people in their suffering and fostering resilience. Her extensive experience includes leading teams to address collective trauma in various locations worldwide, publications on trauma and resilience, and training hundreds of psychologist and mental health clinicians. She has served in leadership roles within the American Psychological Association. Known for her compassionate approach, she specializes in trauma-focused therapy and consultation, operating from an ecological perspective in both clinical practice, training, and research. Dr. O'Grady is the CEO of Resilience Villages and the Center for Resilience Leadership.
Jamie Tanner is a compassionate and experienced clinical mental health therapist dedicated to helping individuals on their journey to healing and personal resilience. With a unique blend of trauma-focused therapeutic approaches, including art therapy, somatic therapy, and talk therapy, Jamie creates a safe and supportive space for clients to explore their emotions and experiences.
Thomas Yeung, AMFT, CTRS, brings extensive experience in recreational therapy to enhance clients' overall well-being. He is enthusiastic about integrating systematic processes to enhance clients' physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and spiritual well-being through a recreational approach to counseling. Specializing in interracial marriages, he holds certifications in Gottman Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, and DBT. Recognized as the UAMFT 2023 Student of the Year, Thomas offers services in Cantonese, Mandarin, and English.
Kennedy is an empathetic and understanding clinical mental health counselor who focuses on helping people heal and develop resilience. Kennedy uses a blend of evidenced-based therapeutic approaches to support clients through their unique circumstances. She has worked in outpatient, residential, and acute care with a focus on supporting adolescents on their mental health journey. Kennedy works to create a safe and welcoming environment to allow clients to feel comfortable discussing their experiences and feelings.
Brenna is trained in trauma-informed massage. Trauma-informed massage is a holistic approach to massage therapy that addresses the widespread impact of trauma on the body and mind. She is a Rapid NeuroFascial Reset (NFR) practitioner. NFR is a movement based manual therapy done over clothing that addresses the nervous system directly to restore stability in the body, thereby reducing pain and increasing mobility.(allied partner: https://reclaimedbodywork.com/)
Brittany is certified in both Vinyasa and Yin styles of yoga. Vinyasa involves flowing movements synchronized with breath, promoting harmony between mind and body. In contrast, Yin yoga focuses on stillness with passive, longer-held poses targeting deep tissues. She integrates trauma-informed healing into both yoga approaches. Brittany incorporates sound healing, utilizing specific vibrational frequencies and tones to promote relaxation and healing for mental, emotional, and physical well-being.(allied partner: @balancedbodywithbritt)
Drumming has been shown to improve mental health and promote resilience. Physical movement and rhythm helps people address trauma. Drumming induces a meditative state bringing people into the present moment. It has also been found to help synchronize the two brain hemispheres, promote brain plasticity, and reduce PTSD symptoms. Drumming is part of our Village.
Nature therapy, also known as ecotherapy, offers numerous benefits for mental and physical well-being. Immersing oneself in natural environments has been shown to reduce stress levels, lower blood pressure, and improve overall mood. Additionally, regular exposure to nature has positive effects on concentration, creativity, and immune function, highlighting its multifaceted advantages for holistic health.
Resilience Psychotherapy and Leadership offers psychotherapy services to enhance mental health and resilience for individuals, teams, and organizations. With over 30 years of experience in extreme contexts worldwide, our licensed clinicians use evidence-based practices and collaborate with allied health professionals to create comprehensive mental health treatment plans. We employ trauma-informed approaches, psychological testing, and cutting-edge practices to address concerns from an ecological perspective and boost resilience.