StandTALL is a trauma psychotherapy clinic which serves individuals who have faced challenging life events. We focus on helping clients recover and stand tall in their lives.

StandTALL is a specialty clinic within Peninsula Behavioral Health, a reputable, evidence-based group practice.

Traumatic events are distressing and uncomfortable. They can also be confusing, upsetting, and even overwhelming. Traumatic events can bring on a host of complex reactions that negatively impact our relationship with ourselves and others and our ability to work and play. In short, traumatic events can interfere with our ability to live a fulfilling life.

StandTALL helps clients to feel better and to feel more capable of living their satisfying life. Even though these events occur, working together can reduce their negative impact and allow you to live with VITALITY. We want you to live your life to its fullest potential.

What We treat

We treat clients who have experienced a wide variety of challenging events, including:

  • sexual abuse/assault

  • physical abuse/assault

  • motor vehicle accidents

  • medical trauma

  • #MeToo concerns

  • domestic/interpersonal violence

  • childhood maltreatment/neglect

We treat clients with a wide variety of difficulties associated with these events, such as:

  • life transitions and adjustments

  • discrimination

  • work burnout

  • assertiveness difficulties

  • emotional reactivity

  • veterans’ concerns

  • interpersonal communication problems

  • eating and body image disturbances

  • post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

  • anxiety

  • depression

  • family stress

  • relationship concerns

  • grief and loss

  • anger

  • stress

  • perfectionism

how we work on this together

The complexity of traumatic events necessitates that you and your therapist work together to come to a mutual understanding of what happened, how it is affecting you, and how to help you recover. Because every person and every traumatic event is unique, every course of therapy is, too.

Despite this uniqueness, effective therapy does require core elements. Your therapist will work to create a compassionate and collaborative environment where you can feel safe to speak honestly about your experience. Treatment involves helping you to learn new skills to help feel more stable with your emotions and reactions. Oftentimes, our treatments include out-of-session work to help translate our work into your everyday life. The goal of therapy is to reduce the volume of the trauma interference, allowing you to work towards what is important to you.

Treatment plans are goal-focused and tailored to each client. Sometimes treatment is relatively short and sometimes clients may benefit from longer-term care. We collaborate with our clients on a regular basis and rely on data to ensure we are making headway towards goals and values.

Evidence-based treatments for trauma that we provide, include:

  • cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)

  • prolonged exposure (PE)

  • cognitive processing therapy (CPT)

  • written exposure therapy (WET)

  • acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)

  • skills training in affective and interpersonal relationships (STAIR)

  • seeking safety

  • eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)

  • interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT)

  • dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) skills group

  • motivational interviewing (MI)

  • guided self-help

  • mindfulness