What Is Trauma-Related Psychotherapy?

Trauma is when there is a break in the mind’s protective barrier that shields us from harmful and painful stimulation.

When something overwhelming or dangerous happens, our minds keep us safe by “shutting down”
creating gaps in the story of our experience.
This can leave us feeling like our memories are faint, and incomplete, like a puzzle missing some pieces.

Trauma makes it hard for us to understand ourselves and connect with others, because our memories are all mixed up.
But when we learn more about how our past experiences affect us, we can start to put the pieces back together.
This can help us see how our past influences our present day life.
Once we understand this, we can make choices that help us feel better and build better relationships in the future.
It’s like putting the missing pieces back in the puzzle, so we can see a clear picture again.

How does trauma therapy work?

The therapy relationship means that we work together to help you
negotiate whatever distresses you.
It is my goal to create a safe space for growth where
you can feel safe, secure, understood, and respected.

Your voice is important and your experience is valid. You are your own expert;
I am here to help you realize just how much you know about your experience,
and how you can impact change going forward.

Together we will work both in the here and now as well as draw from your past.
The therapeutic relationship will represent a slice of what happens in your daily life;
connecting threads between the two can greatly inform the process and enrich the therapy.
The more applicable the work is from the therapy room to your daily life,
the more accessible and palatable the material becomes.

I incorporate both concrete recommendations and insight-oriented direction to help you negotiate difficulties.
Together we will explore both conscious and unconscious hurdles as they present themselves.

Types of Trauma With Which I Work:

  • Acute trauma results from a single incident (example: car accident, sexual assault and rape, active shooter exposure, etc)
  • Chronic trauma is repeated and prolonged (domestic violence or abuse, religious or cult abuse, narcissistic abuse, etc)
  • Complex trauma is exposure to varied and multiple traumatic events, often of an invasive, interpersonal nature (childhood abuse or neglect)

Examples of How Trauma Shows Up:

Panic Attacks
Relationship Conflicts
Identity Issues
Sexual Challenges
Intimate Partner Violence
Life Transitions
Self-esteem Concerns
Anger and Aggression
Physical Symptoms