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About Us


Laurie Colson-Young


I am a Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, as a profession. But mostly, I am a human, who understands pain, trauma and all the stuff that comes with being a person in this world that is often filled with fear, sadness, hurt and difficult times. Having worked with people for many years in this field, I am humbled and honored to be a part of people’s healing, even if it starts with facing all the hard stuff. Because we all have hard stuff.

I grew up in a little town in Michigan, attended college there and then grad school here in California. My first day as a therapist was 9/11. I didn’t know it at the time, but I believe I was meant to work in the field of trauma. Working both in community mental health and then private practice, I am familiar with both settings of therapy. When I found EMDR, I knew it was the right fit for me. It made sense to me as I saw so many people holding so much pain in their hearts and bodies. And EMDR seems to be a way through all the pain-to healing.

After being trained and loving it as a modality for therapy treatment, I became an EMDRIA Approved Consultant, and then a trainer for it. It fills my soul to be able to help others discover EMDR, either as a client or clinician and see the potential for healing trauma. I currently work as a trainer for EMDR Consulting, provide consultation for it as well as certification, and continue working with a small caseload of clients.

I believe in the inherent ability to heal. We just have to work together to find what works best for each person. I also love dogs and running.

Meet Laurie as a Trainer:

Hi! Thank you for your interest in EMDR Training! It is an awesome tool to add to your toolbox for treating clients.  As a therapist, my passion is to remember that we are first, two humans in the room, then we are in the roles of therapist and client, and then we are integrating the EMDR tool into that therapeutic relationship.  My goal as a trainer is to meet you as the therapist where you are as your human/therapist self and teach you to integrate EMDR into your practice with the clients you see.  Our hope is that we provide a safe and comfortable environment for your own exploration in the EMDR experience along with teaching EMDR in an approachable way for your learning. Our purpose is to support you in your growth in the EMDR community and as a human in the therapy field.

Please email me if you have questions!


Do you want to bring this Training to your area?

Please let me know if you would like to bring EMDR to your community either in person, or virtual.  (we can do both private/agency trainings and open/public trainings). Just email me and we can coordinate!

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Phoebe Bergvall, LCMHC


  • Phoebe Bergvall, LCMHC, is a Certified EMDR Therapist and an Approved EMDR Consultant and is an advanced workshop presenter specializing in toxic shame. She has been certified to work with domestic violence and criminal justice and has years of experience treating severe and persistent mental illness. Before becoming licensed as a substance abuse counselor and a mental health clinician, Phoebe was also certified in hypnotherapy and shamanic practices.



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Jennifer Mercer–Castro


  • Jennifer Mercer-Castro is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, with a private practice in Mission Viejo Ca. Jennifer is a Certified EMDR therapist as well as a Consultant in Training (CIT).

  • Her work is driven by the belief that each person inherently has what they need to heal and grow. When we remove blocks and allow the body and mind’s natural process to take place, transformation is possible. Jennifer blends EMDR and attachment work to support clients working through, trauma, attachment wounds and significant life events that are holding them back.  



  • Work Cell: (949) 439-2895


Thasja Hoffmann, LMFT, LPCC


  • Thasja is a LMFT, LPCC Supervisor. She is trained in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Mindful-Awareness, and Attachment Theory as well as Trauma-Focused Care.  She focuses on Inner Child Work and  the use of Meta-Awareness  as well as PolyVagul Theory.  She has spent over 20 years helping people find ease from trauma and childhood relational wounding. Thasja has followed the work of Bessel van der Kolk, Peter Levine, Diana Foscha, Daniel Siegel and Pat Odgen throughout her years as a trauma/attachment based therapist.



Lisa Ciaciuch


  • Lisa Ciaciuch is a heart centered therapist (LCSW) that works with adults, children and families using trauma informed therapies, specializing in EMDR. She integrates sandtray with her therapy as well. Lisa is a Certified EMDR therapist and EMDRIA Approved Consultant offering consultation for EMDR Consulting Basic Training, and Certification Hours.


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