Advances in neuroscientific research have established that the treatment of traumatized individuals requires specific knowledge and interventions and needs to include the body. Helma is trained in different modalities specifically designed to work with the effects of shock and developmental trauma.


Somatic Experiencing (SE) is a method developed by Peter Levine (author of “Waking the Tiger”) to resolve and heal trauma. It uses the felt sense to work with the arousal of nervous system energy in the body and restore the body's natural capacity for self-regulation.


NARM has been developed by Larry Heller (co-author of "Healing Developmental Trauma") to specifically work with the effects of developmental trauma. It not only addresses nervous system dysregulation, but also the attachment disruptions and identity distortions that limit a traumatized individual's capacity for aliveness and connection.


OI is a therapeutic approach developed by Steve Hoskinson that is based on the science of self-organization and provides a clear protocol for supporting nervous system shifts from states of chaos to complexity and finally coherence.  Using the principles of positive reinforcement, OI promotes empowerment, resiliency, and compassion.

In addition, Helma has attended workshops and trainings facilitated by Bessel van der Kolk, Stephen Porges, Dan Siegel, and Deb Dana to deepen her understanding of trauma work, polyvagal theory, and interpersonal neurobiology.