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EP 009:

How Are IFS and EMDR Effective Tools for Treating Trauma?

With Tara Booker and Emily Carroll

In this week’s episode, we sit down with therapists Tara Booker and Emily Carroll, who help us explore how the therapeutic modalities of IFS (Internal Family Systems) and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) can be effective tools in healing trauma. They both share how their unique specializations can be used to gently come alongside people in their recovery.

“Everything makes sense within the context of our story.”

– Emily Carroll

Meet this episode’s expert

Tara Booker, LCSW, serves as an Adjust Therapist for the clients of Milestones, Onsite’s Residential Trauma Program. She joins our team with experience from a variety of organizations supporting individuals impacted by trauma and addictions since 2013, including the Next Door and The Ranch.

Tara was drawn to working at Milestones because she enjoys working with individuals partaking in the residential treatment experience. She was excited to join a team of top-notch clinicians who help clients mend deep wounds with trauma-focused and intensive therapies in a group setting.



The Body Keeps the Score- Bessel van der Kolk 

Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma- Peter A. Levine

My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending our Hearts and Bodies – Resmaa Menakem


Find an EMDR therapist 

Internal Family Systems

Meet this episode’s expert

Emily Carroll, MMFT, serves as an Adjunct Therapist for clients at Milestones, Onsite’s Residential Trauma Program. She joins our team, after most recently working full-time in private practice; yet, her past experience working in residential settings informed an understanding and deep belief in the sacredness of residential trauma work.  

Emily is passionate about creating compassionate and safe spaces, both in the therapy room and within clients’ internal systems.

She believes that in caring for her clients, in holding space for them in every piece of themselves and their story, in entering from a stance of curiosity and openness, and in leaning into a foundation of sound clinical knowledge and experience – change happens. Hope is accessible. And, healing takes place.



No Bad Parts by Richard Schwartz, the founder of the model

Self-Therapy: A Step-By-Step Guide to Creating Wholeness and Healing Your Inner Child Using IFS, A New Cutting-Edge Psychotherapy by Jay Early 


Tim Ferris Episode with Richard Schwartz

IFS Overview