Resolving the Past. Healing the Present. Embracing the Future.
Complex trauma occurs as a result of adverse experiences as a child. It's not just what happens to you, it's also the needs that aren't met. Abuse, neglect, homelessness, divorce, a parent being incarcerated, and a multitude of other experiences may have long lasting impacts on the way you function and see your world.
Domestic violence and sexual assault/abuse are an unspoken, hidden epidemic in our communities. Incest survivors live with stigma and shame, and the invisible scars that have life long influences. Often, survivors say "but I never got hit" -- domestic violence goes well beyond physical abuse, and can include verbal, emotional, financial, and spiritual abuse. These can have the same negative effects on mental health as physical abuse does. Sexual assault is devastating, and whether it is recent or happened years ago, there are long term mental health consequences. You don't have to do this alone and you don't have to relive the trauma. EMDR therapy is effective for victims and survivors at any stage in the healing process.
You don't have to be a battle-hardened soldier to develop PTSD. Trauma can be the result of surviving adverse childhood and life experiences. Whether it's a single traumatic incident or multiple events across a time line, they take a toll on mental health that can linger years after the events. Survivors often experience the effects of trauma in different ways: feeling jumpy, isolating from people, reliving the event like it's happening all over again, anger, repetitive thoughts, and trouble sleeping. EMDR therapy allows reprocessing of the traumatic events, moving them out of the short term storage of the middle part of the brain, and into long term storage where they should be. It doesn't make a bad experience good, but it does take the "negative charge" away, and makes it garden variety bad.
We rely on our first responders to answer the call and run towards danger when we are at our most vulnerable. They are not immune to trauma and secondary trauma, and there is growing awareness for first responder mental health needs and the rising rate of suicides. EMDR is one of the most effective therapeutic interventions available, with a minimum amount of talking and re-experiencing of the event. This allows them to reprocess the traumatic events and gives them the resolution needed to continue being healthy on the front lines. First responder wellness is community wellness.
The brain finds ways to make sense of the things that you've been through. Coping with trauma shows up as eating disorders, borderline personality, self harm, substance abuse, chronic depression and anxiety. Whether your trauma was years ago or recent; one incident or multiple and ongoing; occurred as a child or as an adult, healing can happen. EMDR therapy is effective for many mental health diagnoses and PTSD and we will work together to create a plan that is best for you.
Trauma creates a need to cope in the quickest, most effective ways possible. Sometimes, that looks like using alcohol and other substances, food, technology, or self harm to meet the need for self soothing. There is no shame in the brain and body finding ways to survive - and those don't have to be your norm. You are more than what happened to you, and when you're ready those things that no longer serve you can be changed.
COVID has created a demand for a format that enables us to connect with mental health resources while honoring personal beliefs and government mandates. Many clients are hesitant and may even be skeptical that teletherapy works. Rest assured, teletherapy is just as effective through a virtual office format as it is in the physical office, and provides space to develop the same cooperative relationship that would occur in office. It is secure, delivered over HIPAA compliant platforms.
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