Our Mission

In a world with so much need, most often, professionals' needs are placed last. We place them first. We are committed to raising awareness about the vast impact secondary trauma has on those who help, serve and protect others. In response to their needs we build innovative, custom support programs for professionals on the front lines so they may personally and professionally thrive in body and mind.  

Our Values

Excellence. Integrity. Mission focused. 

Our People

Taryn E. Hughes
CEO / Founder

A pioneer in body-centered therapy, Ms. Hughes' professional commitment to trauma support began in 2001. Since then she has had the pleasure of working with many government institutions, including the Department of Education, Department of Corrections and Job Corps, along with some amazing nonprofits such as YMCA and DREAM! along with multiple reputable international entities including the British Embassy, Humboldt University and the Berlin Public and International School System.


Dr. Lisa Cohen
Head of Crisis Response and Recovery

Licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in New York City and co-developer of an evidence-based treatment for survivors of complex trauma. She spent more than a decade of her career as a Research Scientist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute at Columbia University Medical Center testing and disseminating interventions for the treatment of Post-traumatic Stress and Substance Use Disorders. Dr. Cohen is also a crisis and trauma response consultant whom provides "psychological first aid" to people, businesses and communities in the aftermath of disaster.


STAFF (& Associates)

We partner with and hire area professionals - psychologists, social workers, somatic therapists, trauma specialists and gifted facilitators from various backgrounds - to offer our signature services in local communities. 

Our Founding Village

Starting a sustainable organization takes a village. Many beautiful souls have freely contributed their services, skills, experience and network support during our year-long building phase. We are deeply grateful. Organizational Development: Start Small Think Big with Elizabeth Bradford, Ryan Sommerville and Eliza Edge. Joyce Homiak, Greg Buron, Leonardo Pio, Delia A. Awusi and BOC Women's Business CenterProgram Development and Assessment: Dr. Lisa Cohen, Tiease Lee LSW, Patti Totsi, Deborah Schaeffer and East Brooklyn Community High School, Skye Roper-Moses and Rachel Carson High School, Norma Pringle. Branding Development: Janae Charlotte Macy, Hannalisa JacobsenNayeli Lavanderos, Caroline Petters. 1st Stage of Community Connections: Annual Restorative Justice & Transformative Justice Conference with Lehman College and Dr. David Fletcher, DREAM! with Aisha Norris and Asena Tui'one, Christian Hartwig, Community Change Inc. with Kenyatta Funderburk and Phipps Neighborhoods. Special Thanks: to all the Department of Education employees, teachers, social workers, city and nonprofit agency staff who have shared their stories and struggles honestly to help us learn how to best serve them.