Trauma, simply, is anything that overwhelms our capacity to cope in the moment. Trauma therapy allows us to reprocess the events we experienced and help us to move forward without feeling the ongoing impacts of trauma.
Maybe you notice that you have "big" reactions to what you know are small things, you've had flashbacks, nightmares or difficulty falling or staying asleep, irritability, feelings of hyper-vigilance -- never able to let down your "guard," or, conversely, feeling numb or detached. Know that with proper treatment you can get back to feeling like yourself again.
There are many ways to treat trauma, but fundamentally, healing happens in community, in relationship, in therapy.
“Being able to feel safe with other people is probably the single most important aspect of mental health; safe connections are fundamental to meaningful and satisfying lives.” -- Bessel van der Kolk
You may have experienced:
• birth trauma
• pregnancy loss
• breast/chestfeeding trauma
• childhood trauma
• sexual violence
• medical trauma
As a result you might:
• feel on edge all the time
• have turned into a perfectionist or "people pleaser"
• feel that you are broken or to blame
• feel either over-activated or disconnected
• have lost interest in what used to bring you joy
• notice that your functioning and relationships are suffering
Together, and at your pace, we'll explore what happened to you, and how it has impacted you. We'll discuss treatment options, and whether EMDR might be a good fit for you. No matter what path we take, I believe in your capacity for healing in a safe, supportive environment.