PARKLAND, FL- Many Americans start the new year with a resolution to take better care of their physical health.  Far fewer resolve to take better care of their mental health. 2018 was a year that shocked the Parkland community. Community members were tragically taken and our residents were left trying to figure out how to heal. This Friday, January 11, Dr. Lori Leyden returns to Parkland to present "Parents Healing Hearts: Supporting Adults Affected by the MSD Tragedy." This free event takes place at Heron Bay Commons from 7:00-9:00 p.m.  

Stress and trauma have a brain based effect and treating with brain based therapies such as EFT/ Tapping have shown to be highly effective in allowing healing from a trauma, according to recent research at Harvard. “It is important as time passes that we recognize the symptoms of trauma, stress and anxiety and that we have the tools and techniques available to help manage the effects of trauma. This event is an introduction to those techniques, which can also be used as a complement to therapy to accelerate the healing process,” added Parkland Mayor Christine Hunschofsky, who has been instrumental in bringing these healing events to Parkland. Friday’s event strives to create a safe space for feeling and healing to occur using EFT/Tapping techniques. According to Dr. Leyden, “EFT is a self help technique and a tool that we can use immediately to deal with the physiological effects of trauma and stress. Self help tools lead us to feel more focused, peaceful and calm.”

Dr. Leyden is an internationally known trauma-healing expert and Evidence Based EFT Trainer. She has been servicing the MSD community since the tragedy in February 2018.  Children’s Services Council of Broward County and New York Life Insurance brought Dr. Leyden in to provide training to area licensed mental health professionals. Dr. Leyden will also be joined by Amanda Lopez and Madeline Wares. Both women have supported mothers and families through the Healthy Start program at Memorial Healthcare System.

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Friday's event is an opportunity to learn effective techniques to take care of our mental health and to help heal from the tragedy at Stoneman Douglas. “Based on my experience working with traumatized individuals and groups in Rwanda, Sandy Hook, CT, Australia and around the world, mending hearts and minds with effective and rapid trauma healing techniques is the primary foundation for community peace building. Without it, resiliency and long term success are severely compromised in any recovery or reconciliation efforts.” stated Dr. Leyden.

The "Parents Healing Hearts: Supporting Adults Affected by the MSD Tragedy" event takes place on Friday, January 11, 2018 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Heron Bay Commons, 6100 Heron Bay Boulevard.  RSVP is required at  There is no cost for this event.

To learn more about Dr. Lori Leyden and EFT/ Tapping go to