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Dr. Cheryl specializes in Trauma Recovery and Creative Artist Issues. Through an alliance of trust and collaboration, she works together with you to understand the meanings of symptoms, to get "un-stuck," and to rediscover the capacity to make meaningful choices that are right for you. Personal and emotional growth occur in an atmosphere of respect, compassion and a belief in the human capacity for healing, change and reparation.


Thrive After Trauma

A nationally recognized expert on PTSD and practitioner of EMDR therapy, Dr. Cheryl believes that there are those who survive their trauma and those who come back to life.

She believes we can all learn to be fully present in order to heal, rather than hiding from ourselves and our inner lives, finding meaning and purpose that recognizes the trauma with compassion while moving far beyond it.

Trauma Recovery


• Sexual and physical abuse, rape
• Emotional abuse
• Domestic/intimate partner violence
• Victim of crime
• Adverse Childhood Experiences - ACEs 
• Family relationships
• Chronic misattunement
• Microaggressions & discrimination


• Infertility
• Injury
• Illness


• Earthquakes, floods, etc.
• Car Accident, plane crash, etc.

Areas of trauma may include:

What is EMDR Therapy?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR) is a powerful evidence-based trauma treatment. It is a psychotherapy method proven to help people recover from distressing life experiences, including PTSD, anxiety, depression, and panic disorders. Through EMDR therapy, patients are able to reprocess traumatic information until it is no longer psychologically disruptive, allowing the brain to resume its natural healing process.  EMDR therapy can often be completed in fewer sessions than other psychotherapies.

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Enhance Creative Resilience

Dr. Cheryl has spent two decades helping creative artists enhance their resilience, confront obstacles to living full-access lives, and find sanctuary so they can be emotionally courageous and fulfill their dreams. 

Dr. Cheryl has an intimate understanding of the entertainment industry’s expectations and demands.  She believes that artists do not have to be self-destructive to do great work.  Creatives can learn to visit their pain and past trauma, accessing it to deliver their best work without getting trapped there.  She knows how to best support people living with creative challenges and passionately strives to help them stay centered so they can give more to their art and enjoy their success.

Creative Artist Issues

Creative Artist Issues May Include:

• Taming your saboteur
• Protecting the art by protecting the artist
• Career stress / demands
• Fame & visibility 
• Envy dynamics 
• Performance anxiety
• Optimizing the pitch, audition or performance

Featured Creative Artist Issue Articles

The Artist’s Unconscious and the Metaphor of Birth

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Affect Regulation and the Creative Artist

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By Dr. Cheryl Arutt

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