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Embark on your journey to flourish with specialized trauma therapy

Most of us will experience some form of trauma within our lifetime, and it will impact us entirely differently than the person standing next to us. It can come in so many shapes and sizes, and this is why we often have such a hard time identifying it. 

I hear all the time, "Yeah well, what I experienced sucked but it wasn't that bad, compared to what some people experience." Or, "I feel bad complaining because I know it could have been worse." Though sometimes I hear, "Yep - I know what happened (or didn't happen) was messed up and not okay, and I'm here to start setting thing's right for myself."

The reality? Trauma isn't a competition. It doesn't have to have been "as bad" according to anyone in order for it to have been painful, still be painful, and to have left lasting scars. It doesn't matter if you haven't yet recognized your experiences as trauma or you've known this for a long time. You, every part of you, deserves healing.

Trauma can look like:

  • A criminal assault

  • Being bullied in school or perpetual social challenge

  • Experiencing a natural disaster

  • Having to be the parent as a child, because your parent had their own mental health challenges that went unaddressed

  • Never being able to please your parent because of how critical they were

  • Receiving a life-changing diagnosis or dealing with the after-math of a medical situation

  • A relationship that is unsupportive, sends mixed signals, is critical, or unfaithful

  • Not having caregivers who were emotionally available and present 

Below is more information about identifying trauma and the various ways that it can manifest.

It's different for different people.

"Simplified" Trauma or "Episodic" Trauma

Simplified trauma sure doesn't mean that it wasn't complex. In fact, there's nothing simple about it. This type of trauma refers to a single event that occurred that left a wave of pain. This could have been a shooting, a hurricane that swept up your family home, or a car accident. The effects can run deep, and often when people are seeking relief from these issues they can clearly identify the root of the pain.

"Complex" Trauma or "Systemic" Trauma

Complex trauma refers to repetitive painful experiences or multiple of them. These traumas occurred over a period of time. This could be be emotional, physical, or sexual. This may have looked like living in an abusive household where the pain came in different forms and continued through time. Perhaps it involved a series of toxic relationships or relationship patterns. Sometimes, it's hard to see because it isn't what did happen as much as it what didn't. Little love, care, attention, affection. Being nurtured and listened to, acknowledged and validated. The void of all of these things over an extended period of time can lead to deep, lasting scars.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

None of this is one size fits all. Every person experiences the effects of trauma in different ways and it is as unique as the individual who has experienced it. 

The effects may look like:

Avoidance

  • often looks like anxiety and depression

  • feelings of numbness

  • easily distracted

Hyper-Arousal

  • feelings of anger and irritability

  • impulsivity, sometimes including self harm and risk taking

 

Hypo-Arousal

  • feelings of sadness, loneliness, helplessness

  • flatness, dissociating, feelings of "blankness"

Re-experiencing

  • intrusive thoughts and nightmares

  • flashbacks and bodily pains and sensations

Now what?

Many people who experience impacts of trauma benefit from a therapist who specializes in trauma treatment. For some, it may not be essential. For others, it can leave the lasting impact you're looking for. We know that psychotherapy can be one of the most significant factors for trauma healing and we utilize a variety of modalities to promote that healing from expressive arts therapy, attachment theory, Brainspotting, and CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), IFS (internal family systems) and more.

At this time, all services are private pay and facilitated virtually or via phone.

All services begin with a free, 15 minute consultation. During the consultation, we’ll discuss the basics behind what is going on for you and talk about how I can help.

Fees: Session (50 minutes) $230 - $260 | Initial Intake (55-60 minutes) $285

 

Insurances Accepted: I’m not in-network with insurance companies, but can provide an invoice for possible out-of-network provider reimbursement through your insurance company.

 

Common Methods Used: Brainspotting (Phase 1 & 2), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Expressive Arts Therapy, Experiential Therapy, Inner-wisdom tools such as Tarot, HeartMath, Psychodrama, Internal Family Systems

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