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Stressed Woman
Talk Therapy

Talk Therapy, also known as psychotherapy, is a traditional approach to counseling that allows the client to tap into the limbic portion of the brain in order to verbally process trauma, life struggles, and other emotional difficulties. This allows the individual to eliminate troubling symptoms (such as anxiety and depression) and work toward better functioning and healing. 


Brainspotting is a powerful, brain-based trauma therapy that accesses the deepest regions of the brain where clients store their traumatic experiences and survival terror. This access to the mid-brain and the brainstem allows deep transformation to occur. It works by identifying, processing and releasing the core neurophysiological sources of trauma. The symptoms of unprocessed trauma include emotional and body pain, dissociation, anxiety, insomnia, flashbacks, numbing, addiction, disconnection and other challenging symptoms. These symptoms are notoriously difficult to eliminate through talk therapy because verbal engagement does not reach the deep regions of the brain (and body) where the traumatic experiences are held so they cannot heal. Brainspotting is becoming one of the most sought after therapeutic modalities. (


Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an extensively researched, effective psychotherapy method proven to help people recover from trauma and other distressing life experiences, including PTSD, anxiety, depression, and panic disorders.

EMDR therapy does not require talking in detail about the distressing issue or completing homework between sessions. EMDR therapy, rather than focusing on changing the emotions, thoughts, or behaviors resulting from the distressing issue, allows the brain to
resume its natural healing process. (


Tinisha Pender, MA, LPC-A is the owner, founder and lead therapist of Common Ground Therapeutic & Coaching Services, LLC. 

2020 was the year of the unknown for most everyone across the world. This was the year of uncertainty for some and clarity for others. Isolation was the new normal in our society. Some rejected the mandate, some embraced it. The one commonality between the two groups is that everyone was forced to face their "stuff" and/or issues head on during this period of isolation. This brought about a lot of shame, doubt, unresolved traumas that lead to symptoms of depression, anxiety and other emotions no one knew to prepare themselves for. 

It was during this time that Common Ground was birthed. There was a need for a safe, non-judgmental,  and confidential  space for individuals to show up as their authentic selves with all their "stuff" and unpack each layer with the goal of overall healing in mind. I understood that the world could not find common ground until individuals found common ground within themselves. 


My approach to therapy is unconventional but relatable. Common Ground TCS  is tailored to provide services to individuals, families, and couples who are struggling to find common ground within themselves and relationships with each other.  Together we will work together to gain positive insight into life's struggles and develop strategies to learn, heal, grown, and excel in life. 

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