Trauma

 

trauma-springA Prisoner of the Past

Dark, dark experiences are tragically commonplace. It’s not unusual to be haunted by the past for months and even years after the trauma occurred. Often loved ones advise to “let it go” and “move on.” If only it were that easy. Unfortunately, despite all efforts to leave the trauma behind, sometimes it does not fade and may begin to exert an ever heavier weight on life. This is the experience of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), an incredibly painful and yet quite treatable condition.

 

Therapy Heals Trauma

I am very committed to the helping clients recover from trauma. I draw upon specialized training in working with combat veterans, survivors of torture, and adult survivors of incest. Each person and each trauma is unique, so I begin by developing a deeper understanding of the individual and creating a safe environment for further exploration. Oftentimes, together we integrate the trauma using either a form of cognitive behavioral therapy (Cognitive Processing Therapy) or exposure therapy (Prolonged Exposure). As the impact of the traumatic memories fades, the focus may shift to the developing a meaningful and joyous life beyond trauma.

 

 

Resources for Further Learning About PTSD

 

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