Trauma Recovery

Although the world is full of suffering,

It is also full of the overcoming of it.

Helen Keller

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Loss of Sense of Self

After surviving the chaos of a past conflict, abuse, trauma, or just the ongoing day-to-day, it can feel as if you're simply existing in this thing called Life.  Sometimes, you may feel as though you've lost your identity through a life change, like becoming a parent, losing a loved one, getting married or divorced, or changing jobs.   You might have looked back at pictures of yourself and realized you barely recognize the person in the pictures, who you "used to be."  However you may have lost yourself, I'm honored to be by your side as you come back to yourself.

Clearing out the Past

We believe that you are so much more than your experiences.  

However, sometimes that is difficult for you to see for yourself.  Especially when issues from the past are taking over your present.

Depending on your needs and goals for treatment, we may use any of the following treatments to support a sense of stability in your life.

Trauma treatment

Fixing toxic relationships

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing [EMDR]

EMDR is an evidence-based therapy that supports the brain's ability to naturally heal following traumatic experiences.  When we experience something traumatic, some of the information from the incident(s) does not store properly in our brain.  The improper storage can cause numerous long-lasting consequences, including a general heightened sense of insecurity, emotional disconnection from the world around us, nightmares, increased mood swings, an increased reliance on substances to cope with these issues, and significant interpersonal challenges.  EMDR is a form of therapy that allows the brain to begin to reprocess the information that was stored haphazardly during/immediately after the traumatic incident(s).

While EMDR has been researched the most in relation to healing trauma issues including diagnoses of PTSD and anxiety disorders, it has also been shown to have a positive impact on addressing substance use disorders, decreasing cravings for impulsive and self-destructive behaviors, and alleviating shame and depression symptoms.  Through the use of therapeutic guidance to focus on agreed-upon "targets," sometimes specific memories or even harmful personal beliefs, the therapist utilizes bilateral stimulation (eye movements, tapping, or auditory stimulation) to support the brain to make or reinforce healthier, adaptive patterns of thinking.

Quite often, people experience trauma that is difficulty to verbalize, and can be traumatic to have to re-experience.  One of the most useful aspects of EMDR is that clients do not have to re-experience or even fully remember the trauma in order to gain significant relief from their symptoms. In fact, re-experiencing the event(s) can often disrupt the healing process, so emphasis is on supporting the brain to heal instead of increasing intentional access to potentially harmful information.

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Self-Worth and Self-Esteem

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We believe you are infinitely worthy of love and belonging.

Many of our clients have reported a fear of being deeply flawed, failures, or being "found out" by the people who matter most to them.  While those fears are valid, they are certainly untrue.  Some of the ways we will explore bolstering your sense of self-esteem, worthiness, and belonging may include:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Shame work

Interpersonal skill-building

Family therapy

Networking/Expanding your support system