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Trauma

"Perhaps the butterfly is proof that you can go through a great deal of darkness, yet become something beautiful." -Unknown

Have you been feeling anxious, sad, angry and at times emotionally reactive and you’re not sure why? Maybe you’re feeling more on edge than usual or have experienced unexpected outbursts. You’re doing what you can to contain it all and keep it together but find yourself back in this same pattern of unexpected emotions and it’s starting to affect your relationships. No, there’s nothing wrong with you. It might be trauma-related.

 

What is trauma?

 

Trauma is any kind of distressing event or experience that impacts a person’s ability to cope and function day to day. It has long-lasting effects on a person’s emotional, psychological, and physical well-being. Many times, we don’t realize how much certain experiences have impacted us until the symptoms emerge.

 

There are different types of trauma including isolated incidents, such as a car accident or unexpected death. There is also trauma that is prolonged and long-lasting, such as domestic abuse or chronic illness. Some traumas tend to be overlooked as well, including some medical treatments or surgeries and religious trauma.

 

Although many of us will experience some sort of traumatic experience in our lifetime, not everyone will develop post-traumatic stress disorder. Nevertheless, symptoms of trauma can still interfere profoundly in a person’s life. You don’t have to have a diagnosis of PTSD to benefit from trauma therapy.

 

I want to help get you to a point where you feel comfortable, safe and more connected to who you are. I recognize that every client come to therapy with a unique set of experiences and needs. To honor this, I customize each therapy experience by pulling from different treatment modalities to treat the whole person. In trauma therapy, these modalities include mindfulness-based therapy, Trauma-Focused CBT, compassion-focused therapy, and most frequently

Emotional Freedom Technique (also known as “tapping”) to combine psychological and somatic elements in the treatment process.

 

This isn’t a matter of “just moving on” or “getting over it.” Trauma impacts us much more deeply than we realize. I understand. You don’t have to manage these symptoms alone. I am here to help. Contact me today to learn more and begin your path to healing.