Therapy for Trauma
Do you tend to be highly reactive to or shut down by certain triggers? Do you experience distressing emotions that appear to you, and perhaps to others, to be excessive given the current situation? Are there one or more negative beliefs that you have about yourself that on an intellectual level you know are not true, and yet parts of you struggle to reconcile?
Most people will experience some form of trauma in their lifetime – no one gets to adulthood without living through painful experiences. The word trauma derives from the Greek word traumatikos, meaning “wound.” While many people can recover from trauma over time with the love and support of family and friends and bounce back with resiliency, others may discover effects of lasting trauma, which can cause a person to live with deep emotional pain, fear, confusion, or posttraumatic stress far after the event has passed. A vigilance for danger, avoidance of risk, emotional isolation, and a sense of helplessness are key risk factors for all mental health problems.
Trauma used to be seen as being exclusive to situations like abuse, warzones, and car accidents, but it also includes experiences like loss, betrayal, rejection, abandonment, boundary violations, and neglect. You may be feeling the effects of a single traumatic incident or you may be struggling with the weight of years of hurtful events. Therapy can help you to release the burdens from your past, repair or release broken bonds, heal emotional wounds, and develop a more secure relationship with yourself and others so that you can be more present in your life.
Our blueprints and scripts are not set in stone, there is more to your story. Your past does not need to dictate your future. You do not have to navigate this alone.