Our minds and bodies carry memories of trauma in ways that make it feel like the things you've been through are still happening.
You may find yourself expecting the worst from other people, or life in general. Question your own thoughts and feelings. Feel closed off, distant from the people most important to you. Tell yourself that you're all grown up now and it's time to move on.
But because of the way memories of trauma are stored, events from the past can continue to impact your life and your relationships, long after the event is over.
Unresolved trauma can lead to severe anxiety, depression, addiction, physical problems such as pain syndromes, headaches/migraines, digestive problems, and troubled sleep.
And trauma damages how you see yourself, how you feel about your body, and your ability to trust others and the world.
Trauma can come from physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, assault, or smaller injuries that build up over time. Accidents, sudden life changes, and even current events that gain attention in the media can reignite the stress of events from the past. These kinds of experiences can leave you feeling out of control, powerless and overwhelmed. The more vulnerable and helpless you felt at the time, the more likely you are to feel the effects of trauma.
You deserve to feel better. Thoughtfully and with great care, I'll help you sift through the events of the past and how they're effecting you now so that you can live more fully in the present.
I provide trauma informed therapy to help adults who are living with unresolved trauma. As a therapist, my goal is to help you make sense of your experiences and feelings, enhance the strengths that have helped you through, and build healthy coping skills that will lead to positive changes in your life and your relationships.
When working to heal trauma, I integrate several different therapy approaches to respond to your own experiences and needs. This includes traditional talk therapies including psychodynamic therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, as well as EMDR (a therapy developed specifically to treat trauma/PTSD).
Call me for a free 15 minute phone consultation at (626) 808-5463