Marnee Alfson, LMHC Associate at River Bend Counseling,will touch on what trauma is and how to identify signs of trauma within classrooms, and homes. Marnee believes we gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience we choose to walk through. Trauma therapy is an important part of hope in helping other survivors live their lives free of the pain they have experienced. Believing in Khalil Gibran’s words that “out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars;” it takes vulnerability and courage to work at reclaiming our lives and Marnee has sincere respect for those who cross the door of a counseling center to begin that journey.
Marnee has been trained by the author and developer of Story Informed Trauma Therapy, Byron Kehler, MS. She has worked with survivors of various traumas such as sexual and/or domestic assault, natural disasters, displacement, first responders, war vets, attachment, relationships, body image, life transitions and mood management. Some individuals who have experienced a trauma might find themselves having difficulty concentrating. They also may suffer from anxiety, low self-esteem, mistrust in relationships and more. Working alongside these individuals has helped Marnee become skilled in domestic violence counseling, and crisis intervention. She is passionate about working with individuals who are motivated to reclaim their lives. Marnee earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Corban University in 2011 and a Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon in 2018.