Trauma Therapy Program

SHIFT: From Surviving to Thriving

Available for both new and established patients at our Fort Myers-Metro Office

Elite DNA is one of the few trauma-informed behavioral health providers in Florida. Our providers have received specialized training in trauma therapy from Florida State University. The SHIFT Program at Elite DNA is located in a private section of our clinic where patients can check in, our, and wait in a comfortable, quiet, and minimalist space that is designed for people who have experienced trauma.

You may benefit from our SHIFT Trauma Program if you live with:

  • Have been diagnosed with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Stress Disorder
  • Experienced Combat-Related Trauma
  • Have Trauma from Abuse or Neglect
  • Experienced a serious injury or illness
  • Went though a natural disaster

What is Trauma-Informed Care?

By offering trauma-informed care, it allows us to go from a standard therapy setting which may be focused on what conditions you have, to an approach that helps us address what events you experienced to cause trauma. We can provide care based on a 360 degree view of a patient's life.

Trauma-informed care providers:

  • Are compassionate and understanding
  • Are knowledgable about the widespread impact of trauma
  • Guide you through paths for trauma recovery
  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of trauma
  • Help you avoid re-traumatization
SHIFT Trauma Therapy Program Office

A Safe Place to Work Through Trauma

We designed our SHIFT Therapy Program with trauma survivors in mind.

Trauma-Informed Design

By providing a calming, quiet atmosphere, we provide our patients a space that has reduced amount of triggers. We are mindful of the experiences of our patients and want to provide the best care, in the best place possible.


It's our mission to SHIFT patients from a state of survival, into processing and healing, with an end-goal of a state of thriving. You deserve to live a fulfilling, peaceful life.

Types of Trauma Therapy

Our therapists offer a variety of different therapy models to individualize your care:

CBT is an approach that helps you identify unhealthy, negative beliefs and behaviors and replace them with healthy, positive ones.  

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences.  Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal.  EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma.  When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound.  If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain.  Once the block is removed, healing resumes.  EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes.  The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health.  If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering.  Once the block is removed, healing resumes.  Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR therapy training sessions, clinicians help clients activate their natural healing processes.

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is an evidence-based treatment for children and adolescents impacted by trauma and their parents or caregivers. Research shows that TF-CBT successfully resolves a broad array of emotional and behavioral difficulties associated with single, multiple and complex trauma experiences. This is the official TF-CBT National Therapist Certification Program, in which clinicians can become certified in the TF-CBT treatment model.

Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) is an evidence–based novel psychotherapy that fosters rapid recovery by reprogramming how the brain stores traumatic memories and imagery. ART has roots in and includes elements of existing evidenced-based modalities. The treatment program incorporates memory visualization techniques that are enhanced by the use of horizontal eye movements, as well as memory reconsolidation, a way in which new information is incorporated into existing memories.

Schedule an appointment

New patients: Getting started has never been easier! You can schedule your appointment with our Care Coordination team online. They will direct you to the exact services and providers that will fit you best. 

Existing patients: Contact your provider or call 239-223-2751.

Potential Trauma Therapy Outcomes

  • Improved daily functioning
  • Feeling as though you're living in the present
  • Processing traumatic memories and experiences
  • Developing new coping skills
  • Reduced symptoms from a stress disorder

Trauma Therapy Team

Shantell Pepe

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Erica Kress

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Jessica Pino

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Mary Soucek

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Monique Heckler

Registered Clinical Social Worker Intern

Hailey Yzaguirre

Registered Clinical Social Worker Intern

Misty Brueckner

Registered Clinical Social Work Intern