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Counseling for Trauma

Most people will experience trauma in their lifetime whether it’s a car accident, the unexpected death of a loved one, abuse, a violent criminal act, exposure to the violence of war, or a natural disaster.

Trauma manifests, not only in memories, but in daily thinking and feelings within the body.

While many people can recover from trauma over time with the support of loved ones and bounce back with resiliency, others may face the effects of lasting trauma, which can cause profound emotional pain, confusion, posttraumatic stress, or fear long after the event has occurred.

I am trained in the principles of the Polyvagal Theory and Social Engagement System, created by Bessel van der Kolk, Dr. Stephen Porges and Dr. Peter Levine as well as Somatic Experience, conceived by Peter Levine, to provide the support and guidance fundamental to healing from trauma.

Symptoms of Trauma

The four types of symptoms listed in the DSM-5:

Avoidance Symptoms

  • Avoiding specific locations, situations, sights, and sounds that serve as reminders of the event
  • Anxiety, depression, guilt, or numbness

Re-experiencing Symptoms

  • Flashbacks, Intrusive thoughts, or nightmares

Hyperarousal Symptoms

  • Anger, hypervigilance, and irritability
  • Aggressive, reckless behavior, including self-harm
  • Sleep disturbances

Negative Mood and Cognition Symptoms

  • Loss of interest in activities that were once considered enjoyable
  • Difficulty remembering details of the distressing event
  • Change in behavior or habits since the trauma

As research has proven, psychotherapy is the most effective method of treatment for trauma. Common techniques include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) using Brainspotting.

Through my somatic therapy training, I can teach you the capacity to heal from complex traumas, family historical behavioral patterns, sexual trauma or PTSD. By learning how your physical symptoms relate to your emotional experiences, from the fight or flight (neuro-sympathetic) nervous system, a person can heal not only emotionally but physically.

If you or someone you know has experienced the trauma symptoms listed above, I am confident that I can help and invite you to contact me today for a free consultation.