Gertel Kraybill LLC
Dr. Odelya Gertel Kraybill, LCPC, ACS
Message From Odelya
I am trained as an expressive therapist and mental health counselor. In my three graduate degrees, I specialized in the research and application of trauma and trauma therapy. I draw on a wide range of approaches and work with you in selecting those that are right for you. These include attachment and developmental focused psychotherapy, expressive therapies (psychodrama/drama, music, movement, visual art), body-oriented therapies mindfulness and self-compassion, cognitive reframing and behavioral modifications, brain-training, and nutritional psychology.
I believe it is my responsibility to help clients reach self-sustainability. After our initial work, as things begin to stabilize, I will help you create your own unique self-sustainability plan to maintain the progress you've accomplished on the long-term.
Trauma takes away our spontaneity and in particular ways shuts us down giving us a feeling that parts of us are frozen. The antidote for this is movement, which provides access to places inside where talk won't open the door. I'm particularly good in therapy at helping people find those places in their body that shut down after trauma and figuring out actions that allow them to feel expansion.
It can be any kind of action - dance, yoga, exercise or stretching movements, improvisational art, almost anything that involves action and movement. I'm not an artist, actor, or dancer, nor are most of my clients. It's got nothing to do with being good at these things, it is about finding a way to work on things in addition to words. Listening to the body helps people discover things that would take a long time to get to, if at all, through talk therapy.
More important than the tools and techniques that I use is the relationship that is built between you and me. Most trauma is caused in a relationship with someone else. Therefore, the path out of it needs to go through relationship as well.
In therapy, my goal is to establish a connection with you that feels safe enough for you that we can work together in getting to the core of the frozenness that follows trauma. When we have that, you can then transfer the sense of safety you experience in the therapy room to your day-to-day life.
Trauma integration is a journey, and it takes time. In my clinic, you set the pace and the rhythm of the process. However, therapy requires more than a few sessions.
Many clients experience immediate relief of some symptoms, but there are no instant cures. No therapist should promise quick healing, 100% cure, or full reversal of traumatic experience. See my blog posts for more info about why.
There are many different paths towards integration. As a therapist, I use a person-centered, multi-disciplinary approach designed to give you the unique mix of tools that will work for you. Like everyone else, you're a complex being, and we can turn that into an advantage by working in multiple channels for integration.
I invite you to contact me to schedule an appointment.
LCPC MD license # LC7079
My clinic is on a leafy side street in Silver Spring, MD, within walking distance of the Takoma metro station.
Integrative Psychotherapy and consultations:
Trauma Psychotherapy and supervision (individuals, groups, and parental guidance).
Intensive Trauma Therapy.
Clinical supervision for individuals or groups, offered face to face or via Zoom/phone.
Consultation for clinicians, clients and parents.
NeurOptimal® Brain Training
Nutritional Psychology (interaction of nutrition and psychology).
Developmental trauma, complex trauma, multiple complex diagnoses
Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
Adoptees and adoptive parents
Systematic trauma therapy for adoptees and adopted individuals and their parents.
Multiple diagnosis rooted in trauma such as eating disorders and addiction
Grief, depression, and anxiety
Somatic components of stress and trauma (inflammation and chronic illnesses).
PANDAS/PANS and Neuroinflammation Challenges (ADHD, sensory integration, ARFID).
Supporting Human Service Providers, in particular where Secondary Trauma/Compassion Fatigue are issues
Parental guidance (children of all ages)
Relocation - third culture dynamics
Secondary Traumatic Stress (burnout)
Accepted Payment Methods: Cash, Check, Credit Card
Accepted Insurance Plans - Out of Network. If you have an out of network coverage you are responsible to pay your monthly statement, and submit your claims directly to your insurance company.