Is trauma keeping you from living your best life?
The consequences of experiencing trauma can cause your mind and your body to be in chronic overdrive -a constant state of fight or flight, resulting in physical symptoms like adrenal fatigue, exhaustion, migraines, and ulcers just to name a few.
You are not defined by the worst you have experienced
The Symptoms of Trauma Can Keep You Disconnected From Life
You may not have realized that you have compartmentalized your trauma, burying it deep within your psyche where it remains fragmented and unhealed. This “disassociation” may result in you living in a state of automatic pilot – going through the motions of living without really feeling connected to what’s happening. Trauma can be experienced as numbness, and even apathy, preventing you from being able to fully show up for your life.
Be kinder than necessary, because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.
Trauma occurs more frequently than you think
Anyone can experience trauma at any time in their life. Trauma doesn’t discriminate – it can result from child abuse, neglect, or abandonment by a parent or guardian, bullying from peers, sexual abuse or incest, random acts of violence, domestic violence, war, natural disasters or trauma related to the loss of a love done. Since Covid hit, many of us have experienced some form of loss or an abrupt shift in routine, causing us to internalize our distress.
The National Sexual Violence Resource Center, reports that one in five women experience completed or attempted rape at some point in their lifetime… Furthermore, it’s estimated that as many as 80 percent of sexual assaults go unreported, according to a 2016 Justice Department report. Society can be partly to blame for this when you consider the instances where victims of abuse or trauma are further humiliated when they come forward and are blamed for their own victimization. Victims then feel violated twice, once by the perpetrator and then again by society. Fortunately, the #MeToo movement has been influential in helping victims of abuse to come forward and tell their stories without shame. Thankfully, trauma therapy can teach you how to reintegrate the fragmented parts of yourself. Through the safety and support a trauma counselor provides, you can begin to heal in a deep and lasting way.
One in five women experience completed or attempted rape at some point in their lifetime.
Reported by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center
Trauma therapy can help you process the painful emotions that are keeping you stuck
Healing is embracing what is most feared
~ Jean Achterberg
EMDR is an effective tool for healing trauma
Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is a technique that is used to process trauma stored within the body. Trauma treatment using EMDR has been demonstrated to be an effective therapy to help mitigate the symptoms caused by trauma. Through the use of bi-lateral stimulation, I will guide you to recall the painful experience in the safety of a therapeutic environment.
As you focus on the painful experience, you will process the experience, enabling you to unlock the fragmented pieces of the traumatic event that have been stored in your mind and body. This technique will allow you to fully process your traumatic experiences so that they become integrated, allowing complete healing to occur.
Even though it can be painful to realize that what has happened cannot be undone,
healing is still possible. You can free yourself from the past once you seek out
trauma-informed treatment, whether it’s for sexual abuse, PTSD symptoms, or any other form of trauma. As a trauma-informed therapist, I can help you get in touch with painful memories, thoughts, and feelings so that you can explore – and eventually resolve – past trauma, making strides in your personal growth.
What to expect in sessions with me
During our initial assessment, we will decide whether you may be a good candidate to receive EMDR treatment. If your trauma is related to a single event, like witnessing a car accident and needing help to get the disturbing images out of your head, it may require fewer sessions than if you experienced chronic or complex trauma, where it may have occurred repeatedly over a period of years or you were exposed to multiple or varied traumatic events. In that instance, we will explore the deeper issues that have resulted from your experience.