What if there was a quick, effective way to move through processing the trauma of your own birth or witnessing it at work, and it didn’t involve going into loads of detail?

You can listen to episode 19 HERE

My guest today has specialist skills in how to do just that. Krysta Dancy is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Roseville, California. She is also a Doula, so this is such a special combo.

I don’t think she will mind me saying that this is someone who is addicted to birth. Krysta worked as a therapist for 15 years had the same realisation that I have had – which is that birth trauma is the speciality that chose her

I was excited to talk to Krysta about her knowledge of EMDR. So if you’ve never heard of it, EMDR is a therapy approach that teaches the brain to process traumatic memories as if they are not traumatic.

The World Health Organisation recommends EMDR as one of the top two treatment options for trauma and PTSD. The other one is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy so I recommend you go and listen to that episode after this one, if you haven’t listened yet.

Now of course, these are two recommended approaches, not the only approaches. A huge value of mine in this work is helping people find holistic support options – both for birthing people, and for the workers who may be carrying vicarious trauma in their bodies. EMDR is a pretty cool approach though and I’m looking at getting trained in it myself. I know you’ll get a lot of value out of this episode so enjoy!


Krysta’s website with resources and referral options. She runs training, has a Facebook group for Perinatal Professionals. So does so much!


Cheryl Beck’s book Traumatic Childbirth 
Bessel Van Der Kolk’s book The Body Keeps Score