TRAUMA THERAPY

Getting Help for Trauma

Experiencing distressing and traumatizing life events can lead people to feel chronically detached, hypervigilant, “shut off”, irritable, reactive or depressed. There are different types of trauma, including, acute, chronic, complex and secondary trauma. Experiences and events that often cause trauma related symptoms and disorders are:

  1. physical, sexual or emotional abuse
  2. neglect/abandonment in childhood
  3. Intimate partner violence and interpersonal trauma
  4. Accidents and disasters
  5. Chronic distress in the home or community
  6. Witnessing a traumatic event
  7. Medical illnesses and procedures
  8. Spiritual and religious abuse

The symptoms that follow these types of experience often feel like a life sentence. Many of my clients report flashbacks, nightmares, intrusive thoughts and memories, and other physical and emotional symptoms. Studies show that traumatic events, especially chronic/long-term exposure to trauma leads to changes in the brain and nervous system. However, due to neuroplasticity and effective clinical modalities, it is possible to “re-wire” the brain and heal the conscious and subconscious wounds caused by trauma.

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Trauma Related Dissociation

Dissociative experiences often occur as the mind and bodies reaction to overwhelm during and/or after a trauma experience or continued exposure to distress and trauma. The presentation of dissociation can vary greatly but can be described as a critical psychological escape from emotional and physical distress associated with a trauma experience or chronic mistreatment. Stabilizing ones’ dissociative symptoms is foundational in the treatment of PTSD because it helps to bring awareness and integration back to the mind and body as well as diminishes the clients need to detach from their experiences. Structural dissociation theory is the framework from which I work to treat trauma related dissociation and is interwoven with EMDR and Somatic Experiencing.

Somatic Experiencing

Somatic Experiencing (SE), is a body-oriented approach to the healing of trauma and anxiety/stress related disorders. Developed by Dr. Peter Levine, the framework assesses and treats the overwhelm that happens in the nervous system. The approach works with the physiological responses to trauma and shock, “fight”, “flight”, or “freeze”. The SE approach is designed to foster nurture and hope, while leading clients to a place of understanding and resorted resilience.

EMDR

Sometimes traumatic experiences can be managed and resolved spontaneously, others cannot be effectively reprocessed without professional help. The leading clinical modality for treating trauma and PTSD, EMDR (Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) is designed to help relieve the psychological stress related to distressing experiences. The EMDR framework believes that our brain’s information processing system is naturally guided toward healing but because of blocks in our “system”, healing becomes halted, resulting in unwanted symptoms. EMDR protocol uses an 8 phase-treatment approach that is designed to treat many psychological problems, including, PTSD, addictive disorders, anxiety, depression, OCD, and many other forms of distress.

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Individual Session 50 Min $150

Individual Session 80 Min $220

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Couples Session 50 Min $175

Couples Session 80 Min $245