“You are stronger than you think. You have gotten through every bad day in your life, and you are undefeated.” – Unknown
Many experiences can be traumatic. As survivors we often feel alone, broken, damaged, cheated, angry or ashamed. You might think your trauma is too serious to ever overcome, or isn’t serious enough to be considered trauma. I would like to help you heal from your trauma so you can:
function well in your daily life
cope with symptoms that interfere with your well-being
re-build emotional parts that have been broken
have more confidence in and compassion for yourself
create healthy relationships
break free from possible shame or fear
Trauma can result from accidents, bullying, community violence, disasters, displacement and refugee experiences, emotional abuse, complex grief, intimate partner violence, medical experiences, physical abuse, psychological abuse, neglect, sexual abuse, sex trafficking, terrorism and violence, war, or witnessing other’s trauma (vicarious trauma).
The effects of trauma can evolve to the point of PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder), which can include nightmares or interrupted sleep, flashbacks, avoidance of situations that bring back memories of the trauma, heightened reactions, anxiety, or a depressed mood. Some ways these can present are in agitation, irritability, hostility, hyper-vigilance, self-destructive behavior, or social isolation.
My trauma work is informed by:
- EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
- Internal Family Systems and Parts Work
- Mindfulness and Polyvagal Theory
- What is EMDR?