Trauma, Sex and Relationship Therapist in North Andover, MA
Peg Hurley Dawson, LMHC, CSTS
Following a tragic incident, I knew my life would never be the same. I was introduced to Peg and was immediately drawn by her caring, calming, and non-judgemental manner. Peg changed the course of my life helping me to move toward acceptance and forgiveness.
Peg uses many modalities in her practice and is adept at all. Through EMDR I began to process my memories, thoughts, and emotions without speaking in detail. Using a sand tray, I learned so much about myself. The result of the sand tray was a reflection of my own life. I was able to express, what I couldn’t vocalize, through toy figurines and sand. Internal Family Systems is an empowering approach and a model that I turn to often. The foundation of IFS is the belief that the inner parts within us all function in relation to each other. The goal being all parts functioning in harmony. Instead of being overwhelmed by emotions, I can now look at the parts with understanding and perspective, and see their valuable qualities.
As an art therapist, Peg taught me to communicate my emotions through drawings and poetry. She gave me the ability to put a voice to my thoughts and feelings that were difficult to express with words.
Peg created a place where I felt safe and accepted. I was confident that she would only move at a pace I felt comfortable with and was ever so patient. She taught me new skills and perspectives to be able to move forward and to discover and build on my strengths. Peg helped me discover my own capacity to heal, to find answers within me, and gain self- acceptance.
“The imprint of the trauma is…in our animal brains, not our thinking brains.” Bessel van der Kolk, 2004
CONTACT PEG: (978) 852-2501
Peg can assist many individuals who find themselves experiencing anxiety, stress, physical and emotional pain after witnessing or living through a terrifying or traumatic event. This may include individuals or professionals listed below who have been at the scene of a crisis:
Contact Peg to get help dealing with these or other events that may have been awful, upsetting and traumatic.
Any loss that we experience can result in a grief reaction:
When your sadness, melancholy and grief develop into long term depression and a sense of being lost without a purpose you may be experiencing a more complicated grief response that makes you feel stuck, seeking therapeutic help can be beneficial. Peg will provide therapy to aid in helping that part of you that is stuck move into a more accepting place.