Trauma Therapy & Counseling for Individuals and Couples
Trauma and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) can happen to ANYONE. It’s not reserved for one type of event or circumstance. It’s not a matter of “not being strong enough” or “being broken”. Trauma happens because we were pushed past our unique window of tolerance for stress. Our brain and body are wired to protect us, but when trauma happens – it’s because the wiring got a little tangled.
You see, trauma gets STUCK in our nervous system. When we feel unsafe the fight-flight-freeze response get’s triggered, and trauma happens when this response gets stuck in the “on” position. It doesn’t matter if something happened 10 days ago or 10 years ago. If trauma is not processed, it will stay in the nervous system until it is. Whether that is from a single event trauma (like a car accident) or chronic traumatic stress over time (like abuse or relational trauma). The good news is – trauma CAN be healed. Even really old trauma can be released and opened up for mental, emotional, and physical healing.
If you or a loved one is dealing with unresolved trauma, you may be experiencing a lot of ups and downs in your life. You may not feel like yourself. It may feel difficult to connect with others, and anxiety and stress may seem to overwhelm you out of nowhere. Insomnia. Anxiety. Depression. Chronic Pain. Flashbacks. Rage. Panic Attacks. All of these things can be symptoms of undischarged trauma, and all of them can wreak havoc in your life. But as a trauma survivor myself, I am here to tell you – it doesn’t have to be this way.
When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves – Viktor Frankl
I specialize in working with teens, adults and couples who want to take action towards healing the trauma in their life. Research shows effective trauma therapy requires a holistic approach to treatment. In my practice, I use an integrative approach that integrates the latest in trauma research, neurobiology, relationship science, somatic therapy, Acceptance + Commitment Therapy (ACT), Depth psychology and parts work, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization + Reprocessing), and mindfulness.