Individual Trauma Therapy
Life is not the way it’s supposed to be. It’s the way it is.
The way you cope with it is what
makes the difference.
When you experience childhood trauma and other traumatic events, how these experiences are processed (or not processed) impacts your physical and mental health. Unresolved traumatic experiences and attachment injuries could show up as anxiety, panic attacks, low self-esteem, self-sabotage, feelings of disconnection from self and others, or depression. You may feel disoriented in the world and uncomfortable in your own skin. You may struggle to love yourself, feel loved, or love others in a healthy way. (Individual Trauma Therapy)
There may be a constant tug-of-war between your need to protect yourself and your need to connect with others. You build walls to keep you safe, but these walls also keep others out and you don’t experience the love and connection you desire. It is difficult to see goodness and beauty because you’ve learned to see worst-case scenarios.
Despite having some success in your career, education or even business, you sometimes struggle to accomplish day-to-day activities because of constant negative thoughts and crippling worry.
Some Examples of Childhood Trauma
(Childhood trauma develops based on events that occurred in the first 18 years of life)
- emotional / sexual / physical abuse
- being bullied
- significant injury or accident
- exposure to parental substance abuse
- neglect by primary caregivers
- medical trauma (e.g. chronic illness or surgery)
- exposure to domestic violence
- death of loss of a parent / primary caregiver
- racial / religious abuse
- exposure to verbal abuse
- parental separation or divorce
- living with a mentally ill / depressed family member
When dealing with the effects of childhood trauma, sometimes it takes everything you’ve got, just to get out of bed and begin your day. You’ve even developed an annoying or destructive habit just to cope with life, because it is far less overwhelming than sitting with your painful memories and emotions.
The effects of childhood trauma can keep you stuck and limit your ability
to enjoy a healthy, joyful, and abundant life fully. While avoiding
painful experiences is not always possible, trauma does not have to dominate your future.
In therapy, you can learn and apply strategies that promote
emotional safety. Together we will gently explore your story and help you
identify and develop safe connections. We will utilize talk therapy, and
somatic interventions to address past and current trauma and attachment injuries. You can learn to identify your strengths, sources of resilience and gain hope for your desired outcome.
You have the power to determine how traumatic experiences impact
your life from today onward. You can develop resilience, rediscover trust, heal from past experiences, and move through the pain and suffering toward hope, joy, happiness, and healthier relationships.
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What to Expect at Your Individual Therapy Session
During an individual psychotherapy session, you can expect a non-anxious, judgment free space to discuss the feelings, behaviors, and thoughts that are causing fear or distress. Your therapist will support and help you as you identify the issues you want to address and the goals you would like to achieve.
You will learn to identify how childhood trauma may be impacting your current functioning and how to address such situations. Psychotherapy will help you better understand yourself, give you tools to better manage your emotions, trigger responses and thoughts.
Trauma-informed individual psychotherapy can equip you with tools for accepting yourself, coping with life, and support improved mental health and functioning. To prepare for your first session, you will complete an intake assessment form which will give your therapist a better understanding of you and your circumstances and thus the best way to support you in your healing journey