What is Trauma?
Trauma is about terror. It is the experience of being so shaken that typical stress management skills are simply not enough to help you cope.
Trauma may expose feelings of helplessness, shame, or isolation that were never previously imagined. You may question what you thought you knew about yourself and the world. In an effort to make sense of events, you may blame yourself or obsessively ruminate about what could have happened differently.
For people raised in traumatizing environments, it can be tough to sort out how much of your emotional experience and perceptions are related to your traumatic background. When all you have known is a painful world, it makes sense to need help in building a life that matches your hopes and values.
PTSD and More
The intense emotional distress of traumatic experiences can lead to:
For some people the effects of trauma may be less about a specific psychological condition and more about making sense of what has happened. A traumatic event brings you face-to-face with some of the worst life has to offer. It can be both overwhelming and extremely isolating.
It is perfectly normal and understandable to need help figuring out how to move forward.
Therapy Can Help
I treat trauma from a "relational" perspective. Our relationships with ourselves and the important people in our lives play a crucial role in emotional health. Gaining understanding of how traumatic experiences have affected these relationships can help you leave behind views of yourself and others that do not serve you.
We can help you be more present, more capable of connecting with yourself and the people you love.
Often people worry they will have to tell their trauma story right away in therapy. That is not how I practice. Traumatic experiences often take away people's sense of agency, and so how and when you tell your story will be something we work on together.