Healing Feeding Trauma, it takes a village

April 14, 2022 9:00 am


This presentation will provide a brief overview of the neurobiological impact of medical trauma on children and their families; will offer practical strategies to help children and families heal from trauma, and will empower families to find ways to help their children and family members navigate the impact of feeding trauma.


  1. Summarize the landscape of medical trauma on the mind and body of children and families
  2. Describe strategies to overcome implications of trauma related to feeding challenges
  3. Use resources attainable for families impacted by feeding trauma


  • Anka Roberto

    Anka Roberto DNP, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC

    Anka Roberto is a nationally board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and certified Eye Movement Desensitization (EMDR) clinician, a licensed RN, and an APRN in the states of North Carolina and Connecticut. Anka Roberto is also an Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and has authored book chapters and numerous publications on trauma and resilience. With over 20 years of experience as an RN working with children with special needs, she decided to return to school to receive her doctoral degree in nursing practice as a PMHNP from Fairfield University in Connecticut in 2016. She currently has her own private practice, Holistic Healing, PLLC where she provides functional psychiatry and EMDR therapy to target and reprocess negative life experiences across the lifespan. Doing so offers relief from trauma-related symptoms such as anxiety, depression, sleep issues, and harmful coping mechanisms. She sees resilience in each client and aims to foster that as she guides them on their healing journey. She aligns with her clients as she works to provide a foundation of goal setting to guide treatment and helps them to overcome the traumatic somatic experiences impacting their daily lives. She is also a mom of a now 15-year-old (Maya) who was born with congenital heart defects with many feeding issues in her early childhood. Maya has taught her so many things and is the reason she does the work she does.

    Financial Disclosures: Receives a salary from Holistic Healing, PLLC of which she is an owner and provider.

    Non-financial Disclosures: None.

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