Traumatic experiences are taking over your life.
You find yourself trying not to think of the trauma but the harder you try to avoid these thoughts, the more intrusive they become.
It affects every aspect of your life; your sleep; your work; your relationships; and your self esteem.
Despite your best efforts, you see the world through the lenses of your pain.
Your peers and loved ones do not understand you and they undermine you by making insensitive statements like “get over it,””that was in the past,” or “you always overthink things.”
You long desperately to feel validated and supported.
A traumatic event can shatter your sense of well-being and security. When someone goes through a traumatic experience, they may feel numb, scared, shocked, confused, anxious, depressed, powerless, and unable to function.
Often times, people who have been through a traumatic experience find themselves reliving the trauma over and over again. These normal reactions to trauma can isolate people from themselves, their relationships, and the important aspects of their personal and professional lives.
Working with a therapist is an essential part of the recovery process. From a strength-based position, I help people to safely process their reactions to the traumatic event and develop healthier coping skills to move forward in life. Although I cannot change the past trauma, I work with people to change their relationship with it creating more space for possibilities of relief, renewal, and recovery.
I am trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). TF-CBT is an evidence-based treatment for children and adolescents impacted by trauma and their parents or caregivers, as well as adults. Research shows that TF-CBT successfully resolves a broad array of emotional and behavioral difficulties associated with single, multiple and complex trauma experiences. By incorporating trauma focused interventions, clients are challenged to reframe their truamatic experiences. Where extreme patterns of domestic and sexual violence exposure has occured, clients are treated within a dialectical behavior therapy framework. Finally creative art interventions are implemented in order to further expand upon the importance of “safety” and “self expression” necessary for the self expression to progress. By combining these three modalities, I motivate people facing trauma, with the ability to thrive.