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Trauma & Abuse

In the aftermath of traumatic events or following a lifetime of less than nurturing care, life can feel like a constant uphill climb. Some of the common effects experienced by those who have endured trauma or abuse include:

  • Constant anxiety and/or fear
  • Difficulty regulating and communicating emotions
  • Instability in relationships
  • Guilt, shame and self-blame
  • Feeling sad or hopeless
  • Feeling jumpy or on edge
  • Feeling disconnected or numb
  • Confusion, difficulty concentrating
  • Persistent, unexplainable physical complaints

It is not effective to try to just “get over it.” Trauma and PTSD in particular fundamentally change the brain’s structure and alter its functionality. In order to experience changes in one’s experience, treatment focused on altering the brain structure must be undergone. This is where trauma-focused counseling can help.

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy & Shame Reduction

Sometimes life's experiences can leave us believing messages about ourselves, the world and/or others that are not helping us reach the goals we desire to reach. These beliefs can include a pervasive sense that the world is unsafe, a sense that something is wrong with us or a sense that we are powerless or unable to effectively act in the world the way we would like. This does not have to be the end of the story. Change is possible.

 

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Relationships

Stuck in a relationship pattern that you want to change but can't seem to stop? You may have heard the terms “codependent” or “boundaries”. These are not just buzz words; they could change your life. Learning to distinguish what is your responsibility and what is not and accepting what you can and cannot control in a relationship can be transformative and freeing. If you continually experience disappointment or frustration that you cannot seem to get what you want, you may also benefit from identifying persistent communication patterns and strengthening interpersonal skills to increase the likelihood of effectively getting those needs met in your most meaningful relationships.

 

Areas of Practice:

 

  • Trauma & Abuse
  • Codependence
  • Shame
  • Self-Esteem and Body Image
  • Disordered Eating and other Compulsive Behaviors
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Work and Career issues
  • Stress Management

Next Steps...

If this sounds like the help you have been looking for, I would love to speak with you and answer any questions you have regarding the care you are seeking.