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Testimonials & Results

Approved Care Network 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

“You have made it possible for me to begin living again. I was so devastatingly traumatized that I attempted suicide. After Healing TREE set me up with proper counseling, they enabled me to go from completely bedridden, agoraphobic and suicidal to attending a large family party dressed up and enjoying it! It would never have been possible without your priceless help. I owe an eternal debt.” 

– Anonymous

“I wanted real help that I was not getting from 3 1/2 years of ongoing, regular visits to a Psychiatrist, a Neuropsychologist, 2 Neurologists, 2 Pain Management Drs, as well as 3 inpatient Mental Health Hospital stays during that time. Healing TREE gave me resources, facilities, books, Trauma Expert doctors’ names near where I live, they were an encyclopedia of trauma, and recovery from trauma, knowledge! Healing TREE gave me hope! Hope not to see suicide as my only way out of this nightmare of my mind and body torment. I now am convinced I will win this battle in my mind and body with their help and direction. That is priceless and life-saving in my case.”

Anonymous

EMDR Therapy Training Testimonials

Previous Trainings

JANUARY 2021 & MAY 2021 | KVC BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE KENTUCKY, INC | LEXINGTON, KY

FEBRUARY, MAY, & OCTOBER 2020 | RAMEY-ESTEP HOMES | RUSH, KY 

SEPTEMBER 2018 & FEBRUARY 2019 | THE CHILDREN’S ALLIANCE | LOUISVILLE, KY


Silk Testimonials

“A powerful short film that helps you understand emotional abuse in a way that books and presentations just can’t.”

“I want to share this entire workshop with all of my friends and family.”

“I learned that there are justifications to how I feel about and react to people in my life sometimes. I am not just sensitive, irrational, or overly emotional.”

“I learned that I have been in previous relationships that were really unhealthy, even when I couldn’t name the issue.”

“I learned that I engage in several emotionally abusive behaviors with my partner.”

“I would like to talk to my therapist about this film during our session tomorrow. I’m concerned that I have been emotionally abusive towards my partner at times related to my personal upbringing and what I’ve thought as ‘normal’, can actually be quite harmful to my partner.”

“What an incredible workshop and film! I find the nuances of the film to be clear after having been explained all the forms of abuse that are shown by (Healing TREE Founder) Marissa. These types of abuse are so common and fly under the radar that most people would have no idea that they are either doing these behaviors or are a victim or both. I highly recommend this workshop to everyone to better educate our country so we can stop the abuse that causes so many sociological issues. Thank you for this in depth education!”

September 2020 | ChooseWell | Louisville, KY

“Made me think more about hoThe best example of gaslighting! An awesome film that shows the subtleties of abuse and gaslighting, a MUST SEE!”

I learned that trauma is so much more complex than what is understood on the surface, but the healing (not just coping) is very possible.

“I learned that you can learn how to heal instead of just learning coping mechanisms.”

September 2020 | The Center for Women and Families | Louisville, KY

When I watched the video initially I saw no signs of abuse until you explained them. One thing I learned about myself was that I may unintentionally be an abuser because I noticed I do some of those things. I’m feeling inspired to bring this information to my husband & talk this over with him.” 

“I learned that my trauma is valid. I recognized that I have effects of trauma but I wasn’t beaten as a kid or anything like that so I thought my trauma wasn’t real or valid or that I was just extra sensitive.” 

“My main take away is being careful that I don’t use my trauma to traumatize others. I found I do things that were said of people that will are abusers.”

“I am inspired to try and catch it if it is happening to me or if I see it happening to someone else to try and help. It’s hard to catch it when it’s happening to yourself in some cases.”

September 2020 | YouthBuild Annual Staff Retreat | Louisville, KY

“Made me think more about how defensively I respond to mistakes or comments others make. I need to be more cognizant to not blame shift or project.” 

“I might be a victim of this type of trauma. I may have hurt others in this way.” 

“I learned that you can learn how to heal instead of just learning coping mechanisms.”

“I’m a victim of many different forms of trauma, and I love the approach you take regarding this. I think it is important to talk about, and take steps to healing. It really opens your eyes of different kinds of abuse and how it effects every part of your being when you are abused.”

“I learned that there are many forms of abuse and trauma and sometimes we might do or say things that could be considered abusive or cause trauma.” 

March 2021 | Bellarmine University | Louisville, KY

“This really opened my eyes and mind to how insidious emotional abuse can be, but also how much hope there is in healing, thank you!”

“I feel inspired to have an authentic conversation with my partner so we can be healthier for each other.”

“This was very eye opening, and it kind of shocked me. it brought me clarity about past and some present relationship issues that I need to address now.”

“This was incredible. Thank you for doing this! I hope you all are able to keep doing these in the future, I think it is really important especially for college aged people to learn about emotional abuse and trauma as many first relationships develop at this age.”

“I am definitely a victim of emotional abuse in past relationships and my current relationship has touches of it on both sides. I will use what I learned to try and strengthen my current relationship and stop this pattern for myself.”

March 2021 | University of Louisville | Louisville, KY

“I learned that what I experienced is real, and I am not alone.”

“I thought this workshop was incredibly informative and it helped me learn a lot about trauma, abuse, and trauma focused care. While I haven’t been impacted by relationship abuse in the past I will be able to use what I learned to help those around me.”

“I learned a lot about how to recognize signs of trauma and how to approach friends who may been in toxic relationships.”

Speaking Engagement Testimonials

“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

“[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

“[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


“I think the most valuable thing I learned from this talk was to look at those who have mental illnesses in terms of what happened to them instead of what’s wrong with them. Marissa is an amazing speaker and she’s very knowledgeable and I think everyone should hear her speak.”

-Student who attended Red Flags of Abuse and Interpersonal Trauma college engagement

Type of Event: College Speaking Engagement

Audience: Open to entire campus community, co-sponsored by the Relationship Peer Educators (RPE) and the Counseling Outreach Peer Educators (COPE) 23 questionnaires filled out 

Topic:Red Flags of Abuse and Interpersonal Trauma

Speaker: Healing TREE Founder + CEO Marissa Ghavami 

Time: 1 1/2 hours including Q&A; 30 minute pre-engagement with Peer Educators

Venue: College of the Holy Cross

Location and Date: Worcester, MA 3.14.2018  


100% of attendees said they learned something new from the speaking engagement

“I think the most valuable thing I learned from this talk was to look at those who have mental illnesses in terms of what happened to them instead of what’s wrong with them. Marissa is an amazing speaker and she’s very knowledgeable and I think everyone should hear her speak.”

–  Student Who Attended

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


Type of Event: Keynote Speaking Engagement

Audience: 2017 Changing Face of Adoption Conference 

Topic:The Journey In and Out of Trauma

Speaker: Healing TREE Founder + CEO Marissa Ghavami 

Time: 1 1/2 hours including Q&A

Venue: Kalahari Resort

Location and Date: Wisconsin Dells, WI 9.13.2017  


“It was inspiring to hear Marissa’s story and an experience of how the right work can really help heal trauma and the brain. It would be interesting to see how Marissa’s work intersects with the WI Trauma Project.”–  Conference Attendee 

“Marissa was an excellent speaker and very inspirational.”

–  Conference Attendee

Type of Event: Breakout Speaking Engagement

Audience: 2017 Changing Face of Adoption Conference

 Topic:The Journey In and Out of Trauma

Time: 1 1/2 hours including Q&A

Venue: Kalahari Resort

Speaker: Healing TREE Founder + CEO Marissa Ghavami 

Location and Date: Wisconsin Dells, WI 9.13.2017  


With regards to what they learned, the most common response amongst attendees was “Trauma Bonding”.