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Recover from Trauma with EMDR Therapy, Flash Technique, Ericksonian Hypnosis, and SFBT

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Do you feel like everything reminds you of the terrible thing that happened to you?

 

Maybe you keep reliving the traumatic incident in dreams, intrusive thoughts or flashbacks,  or perhaps you’re always waiting for the next awful thing to happen. You might keep people at arm’s length for fear that they’ll hurt you, or react emotionally by reminders of the trauma, lashing out at your loved ones. It may be making it hard to sleep, feel calm, or let your guard down again.  You could be  feeling anxious, on edge, blank or irritable for no apparent reason. Your nervous system has been lit on fire and it’s hard to put the fire out in a healthy way, so you do things to numb your emotions like overeat, play video games for hours, or smoke cigarettes.

 

Whatever it is that you’re experiencing, you’re starting to see how this impacts every facet of your life:

·  You feel isolated because no one understands what you’ve experienced.

·  You distrust people, even those you love and once trusted, which is straining your relationships.

·  You believe others are judging you, and you judge yourself for not being stronger while dealing with the trauma.

·  You sometimes feel empty and disconnected from reality, like you're walking through a dream.

 

Trauma recovery is possible with therapy.

You might not believe it right now, but you can feel safe, calm, and more in charge of your emotions. You can face life’s stressors effectively in real time, instead of bearing the weight of all the unresolved traumas that went before. And I can help you get there. I provide individual and relationship therapy for trauma survivors, as well as a four-part video program and workbook to help you understand your experience and how to heal.

 

Trauma therapy helps you do 4 things:

·  Stabilize your emotions and nervous system so you don’t feel overly reactive.

·  Resolve past issues without feeling overwhelmed, in a safe space.

·  Recognize the trauma as something that happened to you, not defining you or still affecting you. Understand that you survived and see it from your current perspective, not your past self's.

·  Acknowledge what you've learned and how you've grown from the experience. This doesn’t diminish your suffering; it reflects your growth through Post Traumatic Growth, bringing new qualities and perspectives that enrich your life.

 

I'll guide you through this process, altering each step to your unique needs and circumstances. My approach to trauma therapy comes from a place of belief in your resiliency. Your trauma is just one aspect of your life, and you can have a better tomorrow even if yesterday was horrible. I help you resolve the trauma and remember your resources and strengths, using them to your advantage in this difficult time.

 

You don’t have to keep dwelling on the past and letting it harm your relationships. Feeling unsafe and overreacting doesn’t have to define your future

 

Count on me to help you reach that point.

 

Frequently Asked Questions about Trauma Therapy

 

Q: What kinds of things can traumatize me?

  •       Losing an important thing or person from your life

  •      Childhood physical, sexual or emotional abuse

  •      Childhood neglect

  •      Bullying or harassment at school or work

  •      Going through a high-conflict divorce or separation

  •      Domestic violence/Intimate Partner Violence

  •      Being a victim of a crime

  • ​     Medical Trauma (invasive surgeries, painful medical experiences)​

  •      Witnessing violence or living in a high-crime area

  •      Being targeted for discrimination and mistreatment because of your identity (e.g., BIPOC or LGBTQ+).... and the list goes on!

 

Q: What are trauma therapy sessions like?

A: First, we assess any threats to stability and safety, and address those. If you need specific coping skills, I help you learn them so the trauma processing is manageable. Then we confront the trauma either through hypnosis, EMDR therapy, or Flash Technique. Finally, we look at how you’ve integrated the trauma into your life story and prepare you for handling stress and triggers in the future.

 

Q: What can I expect from trauma therapy?

A: I provide a safe place for you to be your vulnerable self, to express things you may never have told anyone else. We go at your pace, never pushing you beyond what you can tolerate in a session. I ask you to always be honest with me about what you’re experiencing in the session and check in with you frequently. We use healthy coping tools to deal with the emotions that come up along the way. And we also celebrate your victories, even if they’re seemingly small like not getting mad at your spouse when they mention something trauma-related.

 

Q: How do we get started?

A: You can call me at 661-233-6771 and we can schedule an initial brief consultation to see whether my services can help you. Next, if you feel that trauma therapy will help you, we can schedule an intake session, establish a good rapport where you feel safe, and start treatment on your treatment goals. 

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