Trauma

Trauma is the experience of a deeply distressing or disturbing event that overwhelms an individual’s ability to cope. If this experience is not effectively processed and detoxed from the nervous system, it can later manifest in feelings of helplessness, a diminished sense of self and/or difficulty feeling or managing the full range of emotions and relational experiences.

In the aftermath of traumatic events or following a lifetime of less than nurturing care, life can feel like a constant uphill climb. Traumatic experiences can have a far-reaching and long-lasting impact including, but not limited to, fear, anxiety, depression, nightmares, relationship difficulties, difficulty managing emotions, ongoing (often unexplained) physical concerns, feelings of worthlessness, feeling numb or disconnected, and other interpersonal and intrapersonal challenges. In addition to the difficulty of these experiences, trauma can leave you feeling alone and impact your ability to cope with daily life. 

You may be experiencing the impact of a major life-changing event like an accident, a recent assault or a ruptured relationship, or you may be experiencing the ongoing impact of other life circumstances such as past abuse or coping with the impact of an emotionally neglectful or overtly abusive environment during important developmental years. Whether you find yourself feeling unable to cope with specific situations or repeating patterns of behavior that lead you confused or frustrated, I am familiar with what it takes to help you break through these cycles and find the freedom you so desperately seek. 

I specialize in treating the following concerns:

  • Anxiety (find out more here)

  • Sexual abuse

  • Past relational neglect and abuse

  • Codependency

  • Attachment disruptions

  • Complex and developmental trauma

  • Compulsive behaviors

  • Female sexual dysfunction (find out more here)

  • Spiritual injury

It is not effective to try to just “get over it.”

Trauma fundamentally changes the brain’s structure and alters its functionality.

The good news is that the brain also changes in response to intentional, safe experiences.

 This is where trauma-focused counseling can help. 

Interested in Trauma Counseling?