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Trauma Therapy

Are you feeling weighed down by unresolved issues from your past and struggling to find peace in your present?

You may find yourself questioning why certain challenges persist despite a seemingly good childhood, or perhaps you're wrestling with known difficulties that linger, casting a shadow over your daily life. Many individuals face similar battles, and there is hope for healing and growth.

What is trauma?

Trauma can stem from diverse events such as accidents, loss, abuse, violence, or the profound impact of having an emotionally unavailable, demanding, or hyper-critical parent, sibling, partner, or friend.

 

Essentially, trauma encompasses any deeply distressing experience that overwhelms an individual's capacity to cope, leaving enduring emotional, psychological, and sometimes physical scars.

 

The aftermath of trauma may manifest in various forms, including:

  • Few memories, no memories, or intrusive memories

  • Feeling unreal, disconnected, or out of your body

  • Hypervigilance, irritability, anxiety, or panic attacks

  • Chronic pain, headaches, or insomnia

  • Substance abuse and eating disorders

  • Depression and hopelessness

  • Nightmares and flashbacks

  • Shame and worthlessness

  • Emotional overwhelm or numbing

  • Challenges in forming trusting relationships

It's normal to ignore or downplay the effects of trauma.

It's not uncommon for individuals to instinctively deny or ignore the effects of trauma as a way to cope with overwhelming experiences. This can be especially true when the trauma didn't occur as the more overt type of stress such as abuse, violence, etc., but we now know through research and countless stories  from clients that emotional stress is just as impactful.

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How can trauma therapy help?

Trauma therapy happens within the context of a relationship between you and your therapist. When you feel that you are in a supportive, validating environment with someone who has both human and professional understanding of your experiences and how to heal from them, you can use the resources of this relationship and evidence-based practices to begin transforming your inner and outer world. 

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Heal from within: How I approach trauma therapy.

Within each of us is an inherent ability to heal and an inner wisdom that steers us toward fulfilling our individual needs.

My approach to trauma therapy is geared toward helping you uncover this inherent ability and inner wisdom in a safe, resourced environment. I pay close attention to the multiple aspects that trauma affects, including the nervous system, memory networks, cognitions, emotions, and somatic experiences. I most often utilize EMDR and IFS, which are evidence-based practices that help you heal trauma from within.

With EMDR and IFS therapy, rather than being defined by past wounds, you can move forward with a greater sense of self-awareness and purpose, embracing life with renewed optimism and vitality.

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