Trauma

Sometimes an event happens that dramatically changes the way you experience life. Referred to as “single-instance trauma” these traumatic events, such as assault, rape, or the unexpected death of a loved one, can overwhelm our normal coping skills and create painful symptoms of traumatic stress. It can become difficult to move past these memories and symptoms without help. As a therapist, I have worked extensively with clients that have experienced both single-instance trauma and ongoing trauma. I have received specialized training that can help you get the closure and resolution you need to regain your life.

Some examples of single instance trauma:

  • Rape
  • Assault
  • Death of a loved one
  • Serious injury
  • Automobile accident
  • Surviving a natural disaster 
  • Other single events that have left a lasting impression on you that had been hard to move past

Even if you have never experienced a sudden or drastic traumatic event, that doesn’t mean you have not experienced trauma. Many clients in my practice come seeking healing from ongoing trauma. Repeated exposure to such things as childhood abuse, severe bullying, or abusive domestic relationships can expose a person to deep wounds created over time.

Some examples of ongoing trauma:

  • Verbal, emotional, or spiritual abuse
  • Bullying
  • Molestation and sexual abuse
  • Institutionalization (prison, hospitals, etc)
  • Abusive domestic relationships
  • Acrimonious divorce
  • Repeated infidelity
  • Absent or neglectful parenting
  • Exploitation
  • Sex work / prostitution
  • Parent (s) with alcohol or drug problems
  • A medical condition that requires constant medical procedures or hospitalizations
  • Other ongoing experiences you have had that you have not been able to heal from

 

Attachment work

Perhaps you had early childhood experiences that impacted you in a serious way but don’t seem to rise to the level of some of the traumas described above. It's natural to feel that you should just be able to “get over it” because, you tell yourself, it wasn’t “that bad,” This is a common misconception about the serious affects that adverse childhood experiences can have on our lives. Adverse childhood experiences (ACE) have been studied closely and research reveals that they can heave as big of an impact on our lives as single instance or ongoing trauma. Perhaps you were in the foster care system or you had a parent that was cruel or emotionally cold. You may have had parents that went through an especially bitter divorce. These experiences can have lasting impact on our psyches and emotional lives. My experience in attachment work allows me to create the safe and healing place you need to find resolution and balance in your life.

Symptoms of attachment issues may include:

  • Chronic problems in relationships
  • Codependency 
  • Fear of intimacy
  • Sabotaging relationships
  • Chronic infidelity
  • Mood swings
  • Fear of abandonment
  • Difficulty managing emotions
  • Difficulty feeling emotions

 

Grief/Cancer/Illness

If you are a loved one has recently received a cancer diagnosis you may be wondering how to cope. By partnering with the http://www.flatwaterfoundation.org, I offer counseling to those who are dealing with all of the difficult issues and decisions that arise after receiving a terminal diagnosis. The mission of the Flatwater Foundation is to provide those diagnosed with cancer, their families and loved ones access to mental health therapy and family support. Whether you are looking for grief counseling or support with difficult choices, therapy can help you navigate the road of a life-altering diagnosis.

Common goals:

  • Grief counseling
  • Depression relief
  • Support navigating daily life after a diagnosis
  • Help with navigating medical and treatment decisions and end of life decisions.

 

Chronic Relapse in Addiction

If you are in addiction recovery and have experienced past relapse, it might be time to explore whether deeper issues are sabotaging your efforts for long term sobriety. With experience and training in both addiction recovery and trauma resolution therapies, I can help you discover that healing from trauma or early childhood experiences is often the key to achieving the lasting recovery for which you have been searching.