Trauma Counseling

Trauma can disrupt ones sense of self, and the ability to trust and to experience safety.

In the aftermath of a trauma difficult and intense feelings of fear, horror, shock, anger, grief, sadness, disgust and shame can be overwhelming. Nightmares and flashbacks are common as is the desire to numb through activity, addictions or distractions.


Trauma has many faces. It may be a single incident, sexual assault, witnessing violence, betrayal, or a sudden loss. It may also involve a prolonged experience of childhood abuse, or exposure to unhealthy emotional environments. Silencing, isolation and shame are some of the crippling impacts of trauma.

The effects of trauma disrupt relationships at the times that they are most needed. It is a natural instinct to want to retreat and self-protect in the face of adversity and from the challenges that life and loss present, yet connecting with others is essential to healing.

Trauma is a complex and difficult issue and often complicated by struggles with anxiety, depression, co-dependence, or other mental health issues. Often, these issues can make healing difficult and sometimes seemingly impossible.

Treating trauma requires treating the whole person. We not only treat trauma but all the issues that may prevent you from living your life to the fullest.


EMDR THERAPY FOR TRAUMA

Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro, is a clinically proven approach designed to treat symptoms of trauma and post-traumatic stress. EMDR therapy uses bilateral stimulation, such as eye movements, to help clients process unresolved memories from traumatic events.

EMDR has been accepted as an effective form of treatment by several major health organizations including the World Health Organization, the American Psychiatric Association, and the Department of Defense. It can be used to address any number of concerns, and it is compatible with other types of therapy.

More information can be found at the International Association for EMDR therapy, EMDRIA.