Anyone Can Experience Trauma.
Traumatic experiences happen to all of us. However, we all process traumatic experiences in different ways. Each person is unique in how a situation was experienced and stored in the brain.
There are many interventions that can be used to assist in trauma processing such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Talk Therapy, and Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy as well as Hypnotherapy, Narrative Therapy, and Solution-Focused Behavioral Therapy.
Your Emotions — And Your Body — Hold the Key To Processing Trauma.
To assist in trauma processing, we will work together to understand the emotional attachment to traumatic memories and the physical sensations experienced while processing traumatic memories.
Trauma tends to come out of the body through a mixture of emotions and behaviors such as whole-body spasms, severe nightmares, and unexplained sensations or fears of a person, place, or thing. Together we will complete a biopsychosocial assessment and discuss what the best course of action would be for you.
What About Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Complex PTSD?
PTSD is the mental health disorder that is associated when someone experiences or witnesses a trauma. PTSD includes flashbacks, re-enacting the traumatic event, and intrusive or unwanted thoughts.
Complex PTSD is when one experiences several traumatic events over a long period of time. Trauma begins to negatively impact our lives when the fight or flight in the body is active for long periods of time.
The important thing to understand is that it’s not your fault.
“Trauma is what happened inside you as a result of what happened to you.”Dr. Gabor Mate
The first step in trauma healing is to make sure you feel safe in the environment. I will help you to self-regulate your emotions and utilize mindfulness techniques to help reduce how fear is driving your life in the here and now.