Trauma Therapy2024-05-17T16:46:05+00:00

Has A Traumatic Event Kept You From Living A Full Life? 

Do you find it difficult to be fully present, secure, or joyful in your life due to a traumatic event from your past? Are you dealing with regular disruptions from memories or symptoms of your trauma? 

You may feel disconnected from other parts of yourself like your creativity, your courage, or your optimism. It may be difficult to pursue romantic relationships, make decisions, or try new things because of fear or anxiety from experiences in your past. 

You may be considering therapy to help give you a chance at living a happier life without trauma being in control. You probably think If you could feel safe and secure, you could find peace and feel relief. 

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Trauma Symptoms Often Overlap With Other Emotional Challenges

Some of the signs that may have occurred throughout your life or even shortly after a traumatizing event include:

  • Anxiety – involves intrusive, negative thoughts, obsessive worry, and panic symptoms such as rapid heartbeat, sweatiness, and shortness of breath. 
  • Depression – feeling unmotivated and overly fatigued whether you get adequate sleep or not, and having trouble enjoying things in life like you used to. 
  • Nervousness and paranoia – worrying about a specific part(s) of your life that reminds you of the traumatic event or experience. 
  • Hypervigilance – constantly assessing if your safety or health is threatened. 
  • Trust issues – difficulty trusting others and difficulty trusting yourself, being filled with self-doubt, and overanalyzing situations.

Experiencing these kinds of symptoms either temporarily or persistently can negatively affect your ability to fully integrate with the world around you and feel fully integrated within yourself. They can make it difficult to feel safe in your body and the world, to see nuance in life, and to feel positive about the goodness in the world and humanity. 

As a therapist, I can help you find your way back to a positive and productive reality by processing your trauma and healing in a safe and inclusive environment.

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Trauma Can Develop From Many Experiences

According to the National Council for Mental Health, in the US, 70 percent of adults have experienced a traumatic event at least once. (1) 

Trauma is very common and can develop from many factors. It could be the result of a large-scale event like a pandemic, a natural disaster, or war and terrorism. It could also be from a personal experience like childhood abuse, sexual assault, domestic violence, an accident, serious injury or illness, or issues like homelessness. 

Trauma can also result from the accumulation of repeated distressing events, such as strained relationships, difficult work environments, oppressive religious environments, and more.

Treating trauma often requires specialized counseling to get to the root of the issue, rather than only treating the surface symptoms. Additionally, people may struggle to overcome these issues on their own because of internalized shame, fear of judgment, and a perceived social stigma related to accessing therapeutic support. 

When Trauma Occurs In Childhood

Child abuse can be difficult for many reasons. Abuse in childhood often results in complex developmental trauma, and the associated feelings of guilt, shame, or fear are often difficult to overcome without the support of counseling. Coming to terms with abuse is the first step toward healing.

Another difficulty with childhood abuse is if someone lived in a family with dysfunction, they might consider their memories of their environment or the behaviors of those around them to have been normal. They may not have the perspective or understanding to realize that their experience was traumatic. 

They may now experience symptoms of trauma, but not understand exactly why. Therapy for childhood trauma can be incredibly powerful to help unpack all of these experiences and feelings.

Regardless of the source of trauma, treatment can provide an outsider’s perspective in a  judgment-free and inclusive environment. A therapist can help you see your experiences from a compassionate point of view, give you tools to help you overcome the day-to-day symptoms of trauma, and help you process what happened. 

Therapy Provides Expert Care For Trauma Processing

My practice and sessions are LGBTQIA-affirming, neurodivergent-affirming, anti-racist, and committed to being an inclusive space of healing for people from all walks of life. Counseling provides an opportunity to understand what you’ve experienced, in particular, the neurobiological impact of trauma, and how it has affected you in your day-to-day life.

A counselor can also help if you aren’t sure if what you’re experiencing is trauma, PTSD, or some other related issue. 

My approach to treatment focuses largely on ‘trauma processing,’ which allows you, when ready, to work through, desensitize, and reprocess your trauma memories, giving you relief from the ‘hook’ that these experiences can sink into your life.

What Therapy Sessions Look Like

I currently offer telehealth sessions, which are convenient for scheduling and allow you to be comfortable in your home environment.

As we begin our sessions, we start with ‘bottom-up’ processing – meaning looking at your sensory and physical symptoms first; and then once a sense of safety is established, moving on to working on the root causes of your trauma and integrating all parts of you. 

Trauma processing will not begin until we determine you are ready. When that time comes, we will work at your speed to ensure you feel safe and cared for. We will create a timeline of your history, including traumatic or distressing experiences you’ve had, and make a plan for how to proceed.

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My Approaches To Trauma Therapy

I work from an attachment-focused viewpoint and also utilize physiological responses to trauma to understand you as a whole. All sessions are tailored to your unique needs, utilizing the following therapeutic approaches:

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) – I regularly utilize EMDR for trauma processing. You will create new ways to think and feel about your past experiences that will give you a sense of peace, safety, and relief.

Parts Work – This involves learning about ourselves and tapping into resources to help support your inner child and self to feel nurtured, protected, and safe. This kind of therapeutic work is very important during trauma processing.

Mindfulness – These techniques help with symptom management to achieve stability and ease to live with more calm in your life. We will utilize mindfulness tools to help you feel safe and soothe your nervous system throughout trauma therapy sessions

Internal Resourcing – As we prepare for trauma processing, we will co-create resources to help you during difficult moments that will help make them bearable and even productive, such as skills to help you contain painful memories and overwhelming sensations.

By addressing your symptoms and processing your trauma, you can experience a sense of calm and peace in your life again. You can build a sense of trust in yourself and others and an increased sense of safety in the world. You can even experience greater fulfillment in your relationships again. With the support of therapy, you can free yourself from the shackles of the past and live a life that feels authentic, full, and integrated. 

You Might Still Have Concerns About Trauma Counseling…

I am afraid to process my trauma because it is too painful. 

Every traumatic experience is different, and we can’t predict all that will happen once we start trauma processing in therapy. However, you may find comfort in knowing there are some reactions that therapists can predict may happen in therapy based on years of research. 

We will go at your pace and can take breaks as needed and will do our best to apply those helpful resources and tools that will support you in working through trauma processing. 

How do I know if I’ve experienced trauma?

Sometimes, experiences from the past are hard to identify as traumatizing because they likely felt normal to you at the time. But talking about it in therapy can help you gain an outsider’s perspective of whether your experiences were “normal” and/or how they contributed to your current symptoms and state of mind.

I’m worried that I’ll have to be in therapy for a long time. 

Even though everyone’s experiences are unique, and you may have a lot from your past or present to discuss and process, therapy doesn’t have to last forever. We’ll work together to identify your goals with trauma treatment. 

Over time, when symptoms become more manageable, we can lessen the frequency of our visits so that you can gain a sense of progress and self-sufficiency. 

Start Taking Your Life Back With Trauma Therapy

By processing your symptoms and past experiences, you will take a courageous step toward healing and living a fully integrated life. Reach out to my practice for a free, 15-minute phone call to discuss how trauma therapy can help live your life with fulfillment, authenticity, and joy.


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