What is Trauma Therapy?
Trauma Therapy refers to modalities or approaches that are trauma-informed and trauma-focused, effective in addressing the symptoms originating from trauma.
What we are currently offering:
Emotionally Focused Therapy facilitates the healing process of trauma through emotional attuning, tracking, and validating
Somatic work is an essential part of healing trauma, connecting the body and mind, fully and wholly experiencing memories stored in the body
Trauma Therapy is effective in treating:
Anxiety has many faces like social, generalized, panic, etc. Often times, symptoms of anxiety can represent a much deeper underlying issue. It also has different colors like worries (thoughts), body sensations (somatic), and overwhelming emotions.
Depressive symptoms often manifest an underlying trauma. These symptoms can immobilize individuals with negative self-view, self-talk, and self-esteem. It feels like staying at the bottom of deep water.
Profound psychological and emotional distress are experienced as a result of a deep disturbing or overwhelming event or series of events. This may come from emotionally painful relationships and dynamics in the family, intimate relationships, and even a broader group or community.
(Specific Fear and Anxiety)
Phobias are anxiety disorders characterized by an excessive and irrational fear of a specific object, situation, or activity. People experience significant distress and may have avoidant behaviors, which can greatly interfere with their daily life and functioning.
Suicidal Ideation or Self Harm
In the deepest pain of depression, we turn to ourselves for self-destruction. The emotional pain is so deep; you want it gone. It comes out by transferring it to physical pain.
Comorbidity with Substance Use
Often times, individuals develop substance use issues because they have been coping with trauma on their own and use of substance is usually effective in quickly relieving the emotional pain through numbing and distracting
History of disrupted attachment in childhood can lead to long lasting impact in relationships in adulthood. This is closely related to self-regulation, sense of self, and connection with others.
Grief and Loss
Deeply personal experiences of losing someone or something of significant importance can require a grieving process to express, adjust, understand, accept, heal, and find meaning in life.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
PTSD can be developed by experiencing or witnessing a significant negative life event such as accidents, natural disasters, physical injuries, medical diagnosis and its treatment procedures at any given time in the course of one's life.
Most people with performance anxiety would describe having high anxiety presenting a powerpoint at a meeting, speaking in front of a group of coworkers, etc.
Chronic or multiple layers of trauma are at play, mostly starting at an early age in childhood, that may lead to impairments in attachment, self-destructive behaviors, difficulties with trust, a distorted sense of identity, hindered emotional regulation, and dissociation.
Early Childhood Trauma
The first few years of one's life are a critical period of learning attachment, safety, regulation, connection, etc. Even in our adult life, without even an awareness, we may be impacted by the disruption we experienced that continue to perpetuate in our present-day relationships.
Obsessive and Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
OCD can develop into a chronic condition. It includes both recurrent, intrusive, and distressing thoughts (obsessions) and repetitive behaviors or mental acts (compulsions) performed to alleviate anxiety or prevent a feared outcome.
Multitude layers of harm, including physical, emotional, and psychological pain, are experienced that may lead to fear, shame, guilt, self-blame, self-hatred, avoidance, disconnection from the body, and grief. Individuals are at risk of self-harm and heavy substance use for coping on their own.