Trauma

When you or your child have experienced trauma, reaching out for help takes real courage.

Trauma occurs when a person experiences an intense event
that threatens or causes harm to his or her emotional
and physical well-being. (www.nctsnet.org)

Seeking help can be as scary and painful as the trauma itself.

Trauma Therapy with Children

Perhaps your child has just been seriously hurt, witnessed violence, has been impacted by parental divorce, experienced bullying, or lost a family member. As a child’s parent or caretaker, you feel the responsibility to help, but may not know what to do.

One of the most important things to do is seek help. The sooner you do this, the smaller the long-term impact of the trauma will be.

My Approach with Children

Your child needs the best care, support, and intervention when receiving therapy after or during a trauma. As a child trauma specialist, I may be able to help. I have one core belief – the child’s relationship with the therapist is critical.

Think about what most adults who had a positive experience in child therapy might say. If you ask them what was most helpful, the answer will usually focus on their relationship with their therapist. Most will talk about the therapist by name, how they felt when with their therapist, and what they liked about their time together. It is whether they felt cared for, understood, and respected.

My specific modalities include Trauma Focused Play Therapy, and Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I feel strongly in the power of play and healing through relationships. I also use cognitive behavioral therapy on it’s own in some cases.

Trauma Therapy with Adults

If you are here because you have experienced something traumatic, you are not alone. It is normal to feel hopeless, afraid, without control, isolated, or even ashamed of how you are responding. And reaching for help can be very, very hard to do.

You may be quietly asking yourself:

  • What if no one believes me?
  • What if they say I should just get over it?
  • Why can’t I just make it stop?

You may be quietly saying to yourself:

  • I’m not sure I can handle even thinking about this.
  • I should be strong enough.
  • No one can really understand the fear, the terror, the pain.

You may be experiencing:

  • A numbing feeling
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Depression
  • Others telling you to get help
  • A desire to use alcohol or drugs for relief

MY APPROACH TO TRAUMA WITH ADULTS

With you as an adult, my approach is to provide you with a safe person and setting. May it be the place for you to begin talking, and to receive education about trauma – what it looks like, feels like, and its phases. This can help you discern where you are in terms of those phases.

With that knowledge, you can decide if you want to pursue a highly-specialized treatment in adult trauma, or if you want continue working with me using a person-centered trauma informed approach.

I will help you to relieve the most immediate symptoms, to gain a greater sense of control over your own wellbeing, and to hopefully diminish the impact the trauma has on your present and your future.

Please call for a free consultation. I would be happy to confidentially discuss the best ways to support you.