Therapy for Individuals Who Have Experienced Trauma
The Trauma You’ve Experienced Does Not Define Your Identity
“Perhaps the butterfly is proof that you can go through a great deal of darkness yet become something beautiful.”
Take the First Step in Trauma Recovery to Take Back Your Life
Many people have experienced dark times or traumatic events in their past. And for some of us, those dark times unintentionally get remembered or recalled in an instant. This can activate and overwhelm our thoughts and feelings at any given moment as if forcing us to re-experience and relive those dark times. As expected, the experience can have a significant impact on our functioning and the quality of our lives. This is what it means to live with trauma.
There are several factors that can cause trauma, including physical or sexual abuse, natural disasters, accidents, violence, bullying, war or combat situations, and neglect. Traumatic events can shatter an individual’s sense of safety and security while triggering intense feelings of fear, helplessness, and disorientation.
Trauma is a complex and multifaceted experience that can lead to severe psychological distress. Trauma can leave deep scars on our psyche, leaving us feeling vulnerable, helpless, and overwhelmed. The symptoms can be debilitating, making it difficult to function, form relationships, and find joy in life. Yet, despite the overwhelming nature of trauma, there is always hope for recovery. Therapy can help you overcome the psychological distress from trauma, and with compassion and understanding, we can work together to help you find the healing and peace you deserve.
Re-Processing Traumatic Events & Memories With A Trauma Specialist In A Safe Environment Can Help You Regain Control of Your Life
Processing traumatic memories can be a challenging and emotional process. I can help you find the courage, strength, and tools to face the traumatic event that has taken a toll on your mental health and learn how to manage trauma symptoms that impact your quality of life.
The first step in processing traumatic memories is acknowledging that the trauma occurred and the impact it has had on your everyday life. This can be a difficult step, as it may require confronting painful memories and emotions and admitting that your experiences with trauma are a mental health concern. However, facing your trauma memories is an essential step toward healing and moving forward and we will do it together. I will be there for you every step of the way!
My Approach to Therapy for Trauma: Collaborative, Compassionate, and Evidence-Based
Take Away the Power of Your Traumatic Events & Distressing Memories and Reclaim Your Authentic Life
Trauma can leave deep scars on our psyches, leading to symptoms such as anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Left untreated, these symptoms can lead to more severe mental health illness. However, with my help, you will find it is possible to process painful experiences, heal from the wounds and scars of trauma, and find a path forward. We will work together to develop the necessary tools so that you can find healing and reclaim your life!
Benefit from a Personalized Treatment Plan to Learn How to Manage Your Mental Health Condition
Trauma therapy is empowering and will allow you to take control of your life and move forward with confidence and resilience. My therapy approach for processing and integrating traumatic memories is eclectic in nature, leveraging psychological theoretical orientations like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), and Narrative Therapy.
CBT is an evidence-based practice that focuses on the relationships among thoughts, feelings, and behaviors; targets current problems and symptoms; and focuses on changing patterns of behaviors, thoughts, and feelings that lead to difficulties in functioning. EFT is another type of evidence-based practice that focuses on helping you regulate your emotions and build secure attachments with others. Narrative therapy helps you establish a coherent narrative in which to contextualize the traumatic experiences around your self-respect and human rights.
Reduce Symptoms of Trauma
Trauma therapy can help reduce depression and anxiety symptoms as well as neutralize the impact that frightening memories might have on the physical body. One of the primary ways trauma recovery therapy can help reduce both emotional and physical symptoms of trauma is through emotion regulation. Using techniques such as mindfulness and self-compassion, you will learn to reduce the intensity of your emotions, including flashbacks and intrusive thoughts. Mindfulness-based interventions have been shown to improve mental health outcomes such as reduced anxiety symptoms, improved cognitive function, and increased well-being.
My approach to trauma recovery can help you regain a sense of safety, both physically and emotionally, allowing you to feel more secure in your life. Trauma recovery therapy can reduce the symptoms of trauma by promoting a sense of connection and attachment with others. EFT explores your relationships and builds secure attachments, allowing you to feel safe and secure in your relationships with others. We can enhance communication and interpersonal skills so you can develop stronger and more meaningful connections with others.
Increase sense of safety
Improve your relationship with others
Trauma can make it difficult to form and maintain healthy relationships. Furthermore, individuals who have experienced physical abuse or sexual abuse often feel disconnected from themselves and others and struggle with feelings of loneliness and isolation. EFT focuses on attachment, helping individuals identify patterns in their interpersonal relationships that may impact their ability to form healthy attachments. Through EFT, you will develop a greater sense of security in your relationships, leading to greater trust and connection with others and healthier relationships.
Using CBT, you can learn to identify your triggers and the sensations and feelings that get activated, understand how past events are affecting you and the thoughts and thinking patterns ascribed to them, and develop healthy coping mechanisms and behaviors to deal with these triggers. When you learn to identify your emotions and triggers, you’ll find it easier to manage overwhelming feelings and stay in control of your life. Together, we will find the best strategies for you to cope with stressors more effectively and improve nervous system regulation and physical health.
Boost self-awareness and resilience
How to Identify Trauma - Common Symptoms Associated with Traumatic Memories
The symptoms of trauma can often go unnoticed or unacknowledged, causing individuals to struggle with their experiences without understanding their root cause. Identifying trauma and its associated symptoms is an essential step toward healing and recovery. Some common symptoms associated with traumatic memories include:
Looking for a Safe Space to Explore Your Traumatic Memories and Heal?
Call Today for Your Trauma Therapy Program.
As a therapist that specializes in trauma recovery, I will help you work through the emotional impact of your traumatic experiences and events in a supportive, non-judgmental, and compassionate environment. In our trauma therapy program, we will work collaboratively to identify and address the root causes of your emotional distress. We will use a range of evidence-based techniques, including mindfulness, emotional regulation, and attachment-focused therapy to help you feel more in control of your emotional responses and manage the symptoms of trauma more effectively. Call today and schedule your initial free consultation!
frequently asked questions
Trauma is caused by a wide range of experiences that overwhelm an individual’s capacity to cope. Traumatic events can occur at any point in a person’s life and can have long-lasting effects on their mental health and well-being. Some common causes of trauma include:
- Physical or sexual abuse
- Accidents and injuries
- Natural disasters
- Military combat
- Life-threatening medical conditions
- Domestic violence
- Loss and grief
- Bullying (school, community, online)
Traumatic experiences can have a range of effects on an individual’s mental and emotional health, including anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other forms of emotional distress.
In our in-person or online therapy sessions, we will work to create a safe space where you can explore your traumatic memories and emotions without fear of judgment or rejection. Trauma therapy will help you develop a greater sense of self-awareness and learn to regulate your emotions, allowing you to feel more in control of your life and more connected to yourself and others.
Through our trauma therapy program, you can expect to:
- Gain a greater understanding of the impact of trauma on your emotional and physical health
- Develop strategies to manage the symptoms of trauma, such as flashbacks, intrusive thoughts, and hyperarousal
- Learn to regulate your emotions and feel more in control of your emotional responses
- Build secure attachments with others, allowing you to feel more connected and supported
- Develop a greater sense of agency and control over your life.
Trauma recovery uses a range of techniques to help clients overcome traumatic experiences:
- Attachment-focused techniques can help clients identify and address patterns of attachment that may be contributing to their trauma symptoms.
- Emotional regulation techniques such as deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, and visualization exercises can help clients regulate their emotions and develop a greater sense of control.
- Identifying negative patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving that may contribute to their trauma symptoms can help trauma survivors to challenge them and develop more positive and adaptive ways of thinking.
- Narrative techniques involve helping clients reframe their experiences in a more positive light. This can help clients find meaning and purpose in their traumatic experiences and develop a greater sense of resilience.
- My approach to psychotherapy provides access to tools that allow individuals to develop self-compassion and learn to treat themselves with kindness and understanding, so they can be better equipped to manage their mental health disorder.