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Trauma Recovery

Are you struggling to deal with the unexpected loss of a loved one or another kind of trauma? PTSD can feel like you're constantly reliving the traumatic event. Complicated grief can give you prolonged, obsessive thoughts about your loved one and it hurts to yearn for reunification with them. Without the right support and a validating environment, your pain could drag on indefinitely. 

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Trauma can come from different events in your life. Here are some things that can lead to feeling traumatized:

  • 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

  • Witnessing violence or living in a high-crime area

  • Being targeted for discrimination and aggression because of your identity (e.g., BIPOC or LGBTQ+)

  • ...and the list goes on!

 

If you don't have enough support to come to terms with it, you might think about it constantly, have nightmares or intrusive images of what happened to you, feel edgy, easily startled, or panicky about things that remind you of the trauma. It might negatively impact your close relationships.

 

Luckily, you can get help to resolve your trauma!

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If your child or adolescent has been through trauma, you can help them avoid years of future suffering by getting them help when they're young. They might benefit from having a safe person to talk to about what happened, and process what they lost as a result. Many adult clients have told me that they wish their parents had gotten them help when they were young, and wonder how their life would have been if they had therapeutic support back then.

With my skills and experience as a trauma therapist, you can build skills to cope with  emotional instability, anger, flashbacks, intrusive thoughts, and feeling empty. We also help you discover how the trauma helped grow and change for the better. This is called posttraumatic growth. This sure beats thinking of yourself as broken or damaged, right?

“Being able to feel safe with other people is probably the single most important aspect of mental health; safe connections are fundamental to meaningful and satisfying lives.” ~ Bessel van der Kolk

EMDR Therapy & Flash Technique 

One of the most powerful tools I use for trauma therapy is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR Therapy). This helps resolve negative life events that get "stuck" in us emotionally and still hurt like they happened yesterday. It often yields great success. I've been a Certified EMDR Therapist since 2008 by the EMDR International Association. The Flash Technique is also a gentle, effective way to take away the emotional impact of traumatic memories. 

 

I can also help you manage strong emotions like anxiety and hypervigilance with Ericksonian hypnosis  and Solution Focused Brief Therapy. Together we can build better coping skills and help you feel more comfortable and present in your life. 

 

If you'd like to get emotionally free from your traumatic memories, please call me at 661-233-6771!

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