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If you are here, you are committed to offering the best trauma treatment you can to your clients, and we are here to support you in that process.

Hi, I'm Rachel,

As a therapist, I quickly learned that so much of what my clients were experiencing could be traced back to traumatic experiences in their lives. And although talk therapy was helpful, it was not enough. 

When I read the research on the effectiveness of EMDR Therapy, I got trained. After using it with my clients, I became passionate enough about it to train everyone that I could. That is how Trauma Specialists was born. 

I believe that every therapist needs to know how to do EMDR Therapy because nothing works quite like it to treat trauma and move clients toward healing.

Now we have a whole team of trainers and consultants who have gone far beyond what I could ever do myself. 

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As a group, we are committed to training therapists to do excellent trauma treatment, using these values as our constant guide:

We put people first, we have a relational teaching style! 

We believe the training experience is transformational 

We want you to be empowered to do great therapy work 

We relate to other therapists in a collaborative learning environment (relational training approach) 

We want to help therapists help their clients. If we change the life of one person, it ripples out to all the lives that person touches 

We believe there is freedom in learning how to treat trauma. When we treat trauma, there is freedom for clients and freedom in the way therapists work

We exist for therapists who want to be able to do more with their clients. If you have ever been in a session and felt like you needed more tools or training to be able to actually treat the trauma your clients are experiencing, instead of just talking about it, we know how you feel!


We want to train every therapist to effectively treat trauma in their clients. The need for excellent trauma therapists is only growing. We are passionate about training you to be the best trauma therapist you can be!

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Jamie Sedgwick, LCPC, NCC


Jamie is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor. Jamie has worked in the mental health field for over 10 years and has been trained in EMDR since 2017. Jamie credits EMDR with changing her practice as a therapist and helping her be more effective in assisting clients in healing from a wide range of presenting problems. Jamie has a passion for working with Complex Trauma and a Special Interest in Personality Disorders. 
In addition to her clinical work, Jamie is an EMDR Consultant and acts as the Training Director for Trauma Specialists Training Institute. Jamie has experience in leading EMDR Basic Training as well as creating and facilitating EMDR Advanced Trainings. She enjoys her roles as a consultant and trainer because it allows her the opportunity to meet like-minded clinicians and assist them in learning how to implement EMDR into their own clinical practice in a way that makes the most sense to the clinician and the client.

1. What is your favorite protocol? Why?


If I HAVE to choose, I am going to go with RDI. This is not only powerful in helping clients prepare for reprocessing, but I also see how much clients benefit from developing resources. It's amazing to witness the increased affect tolerance and ego strength! Pendulation Protocol is a close second to RDI though.

2. What are you passionate about? 


I am passionate about helping to destigmatize personality disorders so that we can see and treat them through a trauma lens ... using EMDR, of course!

3. What do you like to do after a week of EMDR sessions? 


Two things: get outside and spend time with my cats! If you are ever on a consultation meeting with me while I am home, there is a good chance that one of them will be joining us!


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Sarah Smith-Trawick, LCSW-C


Sarah has been supporting trauma survivors for over 15 years. She has extensive experience working with women’s issues, interpersonal violence, anxiety, depression, and PTSD. Sarah is licensed in the State of Maryland as a Licensed Certified Social Worker, Clinical (LCSW-C) and is Certified in EMDR therapy through EMDRIA.

1. What is your favorite protocol? Why?


The R-TEP protocol for recent events is my favorite because it resonates with the way I think about processing through recent difficult experiences.

2. What are you passionate about? 


I am passionate about helping consultees find a way to do EMDR with most clients! I strongly believe that EMDR can be effective with all clients - we just need to find the right protocols (including resourcing!) and adaptations for each client.

3. What do you like to do after a week of EMDR sessions? 


My favorite thing to do after a week of EMDR sessions is to spend some time in nature, practicing grounding and mindfulness skills. This allows me to let all the good work (i.e. paint) that clients have done dry.


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Sarah Martin, LCPC, NCC


Sarah is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the State of Maryland and a Board Certified Counselor (through NBCC). Sarah has over 8 years of experience working in the mental health field. Sarah has extensive experience working with diverse individuals of all ages and families who have experienced trauma. She is passionate about helping individuals cope with medical trauma as well as helping families navigate adoption and the foster care system. Sarah is trained in EMDR, Neurofeedback, and offers Alpha-Stim treatment.

1. What is your favorite protocol? Why?


It is hard to choose a favorite EMDR protocol! Honestly, there is something I enjoy about each protocol. If I had to choose, I would say pendulation because it has been instrumental in helping some of my most complex trauma clients process their trauma. Pendulation also works really well for children and there are so many creative ways we can integrate the protocol into session.

2. What are you passionate about? 


I am passionate about helping clinicians integrate EMDR into their clinical work with clients of all ages and teaching about the power of the brain.

3. What do you like to do after a week of EMDR sessions? 


I love going for a walk outside with my dog after a week of EMDR sessions!


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Katie Honeywell, LPCMH, NCC


Katie has been working as a licensed counselor for 10 years, providing counseling in inpatient and outpatient settings. Katie is a National Certified Counselor and an EMDRIA certified therapist. As a counselor, she enjoys working with children, adolescents, parents and adults. In relation to trauma, she has a special interest in parenting, attachment, dissociation, parts work, postpartum health and perinatal trauma. Katie's style of consultation is based in a nonjudgemental environment that highlights learning strategies to implement theory.

1. What is your favorite protocol? Why?


My favorite is standard. Is that so basic? I like using the Phobia Protocol because you get to see how the phobia has impacted the client and they get to see it too.

2. What are you passionate about? 


I am passionate about helping people find a way to be comfortable with EMDR and learn. Learning something new is really hard and I want to help make it easier.

3. What do you like to do after a week of EMDR sessions? 


Can I do 3? Exercise to counter all the time I'm sitting or losing a "few" minutes to tik tok.


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Katy Kandaris, LPC


Katy is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Arizona where she owns and operates a group practice focusing on trauma, and dissociation. She is an EMDRIA Approved Certified EMDR therapist as well as an EMDRIA Approved EMDR Consultant. Katy specializes in treating early childhood, adult trauma, dissociation, personality disorders and substance abuse with EMDR, DBT, structural dissociation theory and attachment theory.

1. What is your favorite protocol? Why?


My favorite protocol is the standard protocol because it is so versatile and can treat so many things.

2. What are you passionate about? 


I am passionate about helping consultees grow and make progress with clients. I love teaching them about dissociation and helping them to feel like they are making a difference. 

3. What do you like to do after a week of EMDR sessions? 


I love to garden, play piano and play with my two bunnies!


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Lauren Rudolph, LPC


Lauren is an EMDR Certified therapist and CIT. She has worked as a clinician in the field of Clinical Psychology for the past 10 years. She has worked in a variety of mental health and substance abuse settings including inpatient psych/rehab, in home therapy services with adolescents/ families, and outpatient therapy. She currently works for an Intensive Outpatient Program where she developed trauma focused group therapies and also has a private practice in Exton, PA specializing in the treatment of complex trauma and dissociation. She is passionate about utilizing EMDR, Ego State therapy and Clinical Hypnosis in the treatment of complex trauma and dissociation.

1. What is your favorite protocol? Why?


The recent event protocol because it is so powerful at allowing our brains to do what it already knows how to do and fully digest the traumatic elements of an event so that it doesn't have to become another trauma in that individual's life, and can be used in a moment's notice!

2. What are you passionate about? 


I am passionate about helping consultees understand what complex trauma is, and depending on the setting they're in, how often they may likely come across complex trauma and dissociation and that there are so many tools out there to empower us as clinicians to help these individuals heal as well.

3. What do you like to do after a week of EMDR sessions? 


Get into my comfy clothes and relax at home with my boys.


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Shari Kim, Ph.D., C.A.A.D.C.


Shari is a licensed psychologist and certified addictions counselor. She specializes in treatment of addictions and PTSD. She is also certified to provide Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), which is an evidence-based treatment for PTSD. She is the Chair of the Behavioral Health Workgroup for the York County Human Trafficking Task Force and the Chair of the Human Trafficking Subcommittee for the Pennsylvania Psychological Association. She also serves as the Disaster Response Network Coordinator for the Pennsylvania Psychological Association and the Regional Co-Lead for Disaster Mental Health with the American Red Cross.

1. What is your favorite protocol? Why?


My favorite protocol is standard protocol, because it's very versatile.  It can be used in the traditional way or adapted for use in the RTEP.  We can also scale it back to keep clients from being overwhelmed by processing, focusing just on parts of the standard protocol to reduce the effects of processing for those who might have smaller windows of tolerance.

2. What are you passionate about? 


I am passionate about helping consultees learn how to use EMDR safely in clients with DID and in helping others understand dissociation.  I also just love helping people learn EMDR at whatever point they are in their learning.

3. What do you like to do after a week of EMDR sessions? 


At the end of a busy week, I love relaxing with my family and crocheting.


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About the Founder

Rachel is the founder of Trauma Specialist Training Institute, built for therapists. She believes that Trauma Specialists is a movement about empowering mental health: the more clinicians trained as trauma specialists, the more people you can heal.  Rachel is passionate about treating trauma, but also loves to paddleboard, ride her Peleton, and sing (though not all at the same time).  She believes in being human, always, and enjoys getting to know other humans on this journey of life.  Her two sons inspire everything she does.


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