Testimonials + Results

Survivor Testimonials

“I honestly don’t think I would have made it through the first year of going on disability for Complex PTSD without the help, support and insight from Healing TREE. Thank you. I hope that those of you out there who want to make a difference in the lives of so many will help by supporting this incredible cause.”

– Anna from Michigan

“This organization saved my life. I cannot thank you enough.”

– Kevin from Kentucky

Professional Testimonials

“[Healing TREE is] providing an important and much needed service by raising public understanding and awareness of the wide range of experiences that constitute trauma and safe, effective, mind-body approaches for healing.”

Kalpana Murthy, LPC, EMDRIA Certified EMDR Therapist

Attendee of a Medical Clinic Speaking Engagement, Healing from Trauma: Hope and Inspiration in Atlanta, GA – 10.26.16

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“It’s amazing to me that the information’s value would show up so close to the presentation and be so immediately meaningful to my practice for it to be applied and shared so quickly.”

Maureen Nolan, LAPC, MA CC, NCC

Attendee of Medical Clinic Speaking Engagement, Healing from Trauma: Hope and Inspiration in Atlanta, GA – 10.26.16

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“[Healing TREE Founder + CEO] Marissa’s presentation was impactful and informed. I am grateful for Marissa’s survivor-leadership, as well as for the inspiration and solidarity that this presentation offered for our Participants.”
Alissa L. F. Tertichny, LMSW
Staff Attendee of a Women’s Residential Program Speaking Engagement, The Journey In and Out of Trauma in Atlanta, GA – 10.27.16
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Results

Type of Event: Speaking Engagement at Staff Retreat
Audience: Staff at a domestic violence program and shelter; 14 questionnaires filled out, approximately 2 left blank/not turned in
 
Topic: Trauma Bonding Using Real Life Examples
Speaker: Healing TREE Founder + CEO Marissa Ghavami
 
Time: 2 1/2 hours including Q&A
Venue: Golden House Staff Retreat
Location and Date: Green Bay, WI 5.23.17
 
 

 
 
100% of professionals said they feel better prepared to recognize the signs of trauma bonding after attending the speaking engagement
 

“I feel like I want to share this training with everyone I know – this is so important.”

–  Diane Sohr, Crisis Advocate, Attendee of Speaking Engagement at a Staff Retreat for a Domestic Violence Program and Shelter

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Type of Event: Breakout Speech (CEU)
Audience: Healthcare providers, mental health professionals, daycare/child development providers, teachers/educators, school counselors, county workers, law enforcement, justice system professionals, clergy, foster-care providers, victim service providers, hospital administration, youth serving organizations, all interested community members. 78 questionnaires filled out, approximately 5 left blank/not turned in
 
Topic: Trauma Bonding Using Real Life Examples
Speaker: Healing TREE Founder + CEO Marissa Ghavami
 
Time: 1 1/2 hours including Q&A
Venue: Trauma Informed Symposium
Location and Date: Oshkosh, WI 4.11.17
 
 

 

“I have an understanding of domestic violence but not to this extent. Just because this is 2017 doesn’t mean we know everything about trauma. Great job!”

“[Healing TREE Founder + CEO] Marissa does a great job breaking stereotypes and opening eyes to see the impact of trauma bonding and all the types of relationships it affects.”

“[Healing TREE Founder + CEO] Marissa is an absolutely incredible speaker with an amazing understanding and personal experience with trauma bonding. Her willingness to share her story give me, as a provider, additional knowledge and hope. Everyone should hear this!”

“I’ve been learning about trauma for the last 5 years, I was first introduced to this topic in grad school for counseling, and this was the best presentation I’ve seen. Very clearly articulated, very practical applications.”

“Very well done. [Healing TREE Founder + CEO] Marissa’s story and approach is refreshing and brave. The world needs more of this.”

 – Participants Who Attended
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Type of Event: College Speaking Engagement
Audience: Open to entire community, co-sponsored by the Relationship Peer Educators (RPE) and the Counseling Outreach Peer Educators (COPE); 24 questionnaires filled out, approximately 2 left blank/not turned in
 
Topic: The Red Flags of Trauma and Abuse
Speaker: Healing TREE Founder + CEO Marissa Ghavami
 
Time: 1 hour including Q&A
Venue: The College of the Holy Cross
Location and Date: Worcester, MA 3.22.17
 
 

 

“This talk was highly informative, interesting, and extremely helpful information to be communicated on a college campus. Thanks for coming and speaking to us!”

 

“We’re incredible grateful that you came to talk to us today! I now feel better equipped to address issues of abuse as a Peer Educator on my college’s campus. THANK YOU!!!”

 – Students and Peer Educators Who Attended
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Type of Event: Women’s Community-Based Program Speaking Engagement
Audience: Participants in long-term program and staff
 
Topic: The Journey In and Out of Trauma
Speaker: Healing TREE Founder + CEO Marissa Ghavami and Cynthia Schwartzberg, LCSW
 
Time: 40 minutes including Q&A
Venue: Women’s Community-Based Program – Atlanta, GA
Location and Date: Atlanta, GA 10.31.16
 
 

 
 
“I love that the speakers were understanding and gentle with our participants.” – Bree, MSW Intern
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Type of Event: Continuing Education Unit Presentation
Audience: Social Workers
 
Topic: The Journey In and Out of Trauma: Clinical Understanding of Trauma from Client and Clinician’s Views
Speaker: Healing TREE Founder + CEO Marissa Ghavami, Cynthia Schwartzberg, LCSW, and Co-presented by the Southeast Brainspotting Institute and the Georgia Society of Clinical Social Workers
 
Time: 1 1/2 hours including Q&A
Venue: Hillside Hospital
Location and Date: Atlanta, GA 10.27.16
 
 

 
 
 “I’m embarrassed that I work in the trauma field and didn’t know these terms but I’m grateful to know them now. I also feel like the layout of your powerpoint and collaboration of survivor/ clinician as presenters helped me see information in a new way.” – Elisabeth, LCSW
 
“I want[ed] the presentation to last longer.” – Andrea, MSW, Case Manager, Young Adult Psychiatry Program
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Type of Event: Women’s Residential Program Speaking Engagement
Audience: Participants and Professionals at Women’s Residential Program
 
Topic: The Journey In and Out of Trauma
Speaker: Healing TREE Founder + CEO Marissa Ghavami
 
Time: 1 hour including Q&A
Venue: Women’s Residential Program – Atlanta, GA
Location and Date: Atlanta, GA 10.27.16
 
 

 
 
“I really appreciated listening to [Healing TREE Founder + CEO Marissa’s] story and being able to learn about the effects that take place mentally instead of just hearing about it in aspects of what our struggles or tendencies will be.”
 
“Thank you! This encouraged me a lot and informed me a lot as well.”
 
“[I liked] all the scientific facts…I always knew there was a better way for healing.”
 
 – Participants at Women’s Residential Center
 
 “[Healing TREE Founder + CEO Marissa] is brave and genuine. She brings light to such a fundamental perspective of trauma and healing. Thanks for sharing hope.” – Alissa, LMSW 
 
100% of participants/professionals learned something new and are more likely to view their clients/ symptoms through a trauma-informed lens.
 
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Type of Event: Medical Clinic Speaking Engagement
Audience: Medical and Mental Health Professionals as well as Clients of the Medical Clinic and their Loved Ones
 
Topic: Healing from Trauma: Hope and Inspiration 
Speaker: Healing TREE Founder + CEO Marissa Ghavami
 
Time: 1 & 1/2 hours including Q&A
Venue: Amen Clinic
Location and Date: Atlanta, GA 10.26.16
 

 
“I liked [Healing TREE Founder + CEO] Marissa’s courage [and] commitment to 100% recovery – if you don’t believe it, it can’t be done!” – Claudia, PhD, APRN, LPC
 
“[Healing TREE Founder + CEO] Marissa’s speaking style is really engaging and thoughtful. Very interesting presentation.” – Patricia, LPC
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Type of Event: College Speaking Engagement
Audience: Undergraduate Students
 
Topic: Red Flags and Signs of Abuse and Trauma 
Speaker: Healing TREE Founder + CEO Marissa Ghavami
 
Time: 50 minutes including Q&A
Venue: University of Louisville, Introduction of Communications Class
Location and Date: Louisville, KY 10.22.14
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