Damaris Drewry Ph.D. Psychology - Bio and Story
I am passionately interested in Sleep Apnea and other "incurable" physical issues that have roots in traumatizing events. Sleep apnea is stressful enough but adding an "incurable" diagnosis to it creates more stress, fear, anxiety, panic, and a sense of hopelessness and helplessness. This intolerable problem is unnecessary for millions of traumatized people worldwide.
In 2008 I discovered the link between the lingering effects of traumatizing events and Central Nervous System Sleep Apnea. In the 12 years since then I've developed a protocol for clearing the trauma and the apnea in 5-8 sessions over 2-3 months. About 200 people have benefitted from working with me, and that is very fulfilling for me.
A few thoughts about my private practice and what motivates me:
My greatest strength is that I am an out-of-the-box-thinker and I enjoy working with topics that are considered "incurable" or phenomenological, using alternative modalities and a somatic psychology perspective.
In private practice (29 years) I consider it an honor to be trusted, and I have learned something from every person who has been my client. Finding solutions that help people recover their lives is something I truly enjoy.
MY PASSION: Issues that are considered "incurable" intrigue me because they are often a manifestation of conflict between body and mind. With all due respect to traditional medicine which saves many lives, I believe it's wise to try to find and clear any emotional root causes underlying physical issues before assigning a terribly stressful "incurable" diagnosis. Most people who have any type of illness that doesn't respond to traditional treatments are unwilling to challenge their doctors for more information because they are intimidated by authority, or they just don't have enough knowledge.
My clients have brought a wide variety of difficult physical and emotional issues, and my goal is to guide them through a healing process while teaching them how to continue to empower themselves as quickly as possible. You can see how well I've done this by viewing testimonials on this website and on my original Beyond Talk Therapy website.
When I started working with sleep apnea clients, I discovered that for them, Obstructive Apnea was not their problem. I discovered that PTSD from even one severely traumatizing event can cause Central Nervous System Apnea which can be cleared by addressing the traumatizing events. Most people have more than one type of trauma, or repetitions of the same type.
The task before me is to provide information that changes the way the world understands sleep apnea. It's not much of a stretch to see that that whole of humanity is traumatized, and many people struggle to breathe during sleep because traumatic memories are replaying at subconscious levels as if the events are still happening.
A few Pioneering People Who Have Influenced Me Personally and Professionally
Candace Pert, PhD - identified neuropeptides as "molecules of Emotion" and demonstrated that memory is non-local (not confined to the brain).
Peter Levine, PhD - took the understanding of trauma light years ahead with his books and somatic approach to clearing physical and emotional illness.
Bruce Lipton, PhD - who struggled at first for acceptance among his colleagues, but leaped far ahead of everyone with his book "the Biology of Belief".
SHORT BIO: Damaris Drewry, Ph.D. Psychology, remains the authority on remediating Central Nervous System Sleep Apnea. By working experimentally in 2008 with a client who had been using a CPAP for 15 years, she discovered the cause of his apnea to be a single near-drowning event and its resulting PTSD. Even though he was diagnosed with OSA and fit the stereotype for it, he had Central Apnea. Since 2008 she has helped several hundred people rid themselves of Central Sleep Apnea by resolving the traumatizing events that caused it. She looks forward to further quantitative research to validate the efficacy of her work and is actively seeking a joint venture partner to fund before-and-after-treatment sleep studies.
Dr. Drewry has created and facilitated 3000+ hours of self-empowerment workshops privately, for ISSSEEM (the Institute for the Study of Subtle Energy Medicine), ACEP (the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology), IONS (the Institute for Noetic Sciences), many hospices, and The American Holistic Nurses Association.