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I attended one of Danny’s seminars early this year on Getting Unstuck. I want to share my impressions with you.
I was so impressed with the quality of the work he and his partners are doing, the resources they offer, and their international reach…and with the brilliant, courageous participants.
I am a psychotherapist specializing in trauma treatment and an executive coach. My office is situated between Seattle and Redmond—right in the heart of technology enterprises. I work mostly with physicians, executives and their families. Within those groups there are a lot of people on the spectrum. I attended the Asperger Experts seminar because I want to learn from the Experts—not from neurotypicals. And learn I did.
I’ve been doing trauma work since the early 1990s and so much has changed in the field these last decades. What delighted me about Danny and Seth’s presentations is their understanding and use of cutting-edge theory and therapeutic techniques—that often psychiatrists and psychologists are yet to discover and use.
As part of staying current on the latest trauma practices I completed a Traumatic Studies Certification last year through Bessel van der Kolk’s group in Boston, the Justice Resource Institute.
Why are trauma therapy techniques so important for Aspies and for the Highly Sensitive? Because this world and our culture was not designed for us in mind, in fact, the environments we encounter at home, school, and work are often toxic and traumatizing. The result is the development of dysregulated nervous systems that often result in a host of anxiety disorders (traumatic stress, OCD, generalized anxiety, addictions).
Several things impressed me:
Their friendly professionalism.
Their understanding and use of cutting-edge, research-based, therapeutic techniques.
Their hopeful optimism—backed up with step-by- step instructions on how to identify being stuck, how to loosen oneself, how to step out and do something new, and how to find your way to freedom.
Rosemary Bannon Tyksinski, PhD