There are many adults who are high functioning in some areas of their life, such as at work or their community, but find that they have some self-defeating behaviors that cause (problems) in engaging in healthy relationships, with romantic partners, children, bosses etc,..  As children, these partially functional adults experienced trauma from physical and sexual abuse, enmeshment, emotional and verbal abuse, and/or neglect. Their parents, who suffered from alcoholism, drug abuse, love and sex addiction or mental illness, were unable to provide emotionally stable, nurturing environments.  The children would grow up constantly wondering “Am I lovable”?. They will often describe a feeling like “ a gnawing in their stomach or chest that tells them “I am not enough”, “I am damaged and not worthy of having good things”. After searching for peace or happiness in success, wealth, relationships, etc.., they start to understand that the hurts of childhood have not left and continue to be the root of feelings depression, anxiety, addictive behaviors and an inability to trust others.  

Dr. Lara Dye is a Licensed Psychologist with over 20 years of experience diagnosing and treating clients.  She is certified (Certified Sex Addiction Therapy or CSAT) through the International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP).  She is also certified by the Meadows and trained by Pia Mellody in the model of Developmental Immaturity and has years of experience working with survivors of childhood trauma.