for adults – Trauma is a subjective term. What is traumatic for one person might not be traumatic for another. Throughout our lives, we will all experience some degree of trauma. A trauma can be a single event that is easy to pinpoint, such as experiencing an assault, a death, a rape, combat, a natural disaster, etc. Trauma can also be created by an event or events that might not be so easy to pinpoint, and might be showing as symptoms such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, behavioral issues, relational problems, substance abuse, etc. If, for whatever reason, we are not able to fully process our traumas, they will start getting in the way of our ability to lives to our fullest potential. Trauma therapy can provide a safe space for us to be able to identify, sit with, and process past events to allow for more freedom and well-being in our lives. Trauma is healed by looking at it and learning how to integrate it into your life. Utilizing both mind and body approaches, we will collaborate with you to create a treatment plan specific to your needs.
for couples – When one or both parts of a couple have experienced a trauma, the impact can affect the dynamics of the relationship. Partners may have trouble relating to each other and understanding the other’s point of view. We provide Gottman Method couples therapy from a trauma-informed perspective to provide psychoeducation on trauma and loss and its impacts on relationships, to build empathy and trust, and to strengthen communication and coping skills within the relationship. We are also Certified in Prepare/Enrich, and provide the Prepare/Enrich assessment and counseling for premarital, married, and committed partners.
for families – If one family member or the family as a whole has experienced a trauma or a loss, it will affect the dynamics of the family. Communication may become strained, family members may feel distant, or it may feel as if everyone is walking on eggshells. Trauma is healed by looking at it and learning how to integrate it into your life. We provide family therapy from a trauma-informed perspective to provide psychoeducation on trauma and loss and its impacts on the family system, to build empathy and trust, and to strengthen communication and coping skills within the family unit.
for children – Traumatic events can greatly impact a child’s developing brain, sense of self, and sense of safety in the world. Unprocessed traumas can impact children for the rest of their lives. Trauma is healed by looking at it and learning how to integrate it into your life. Trauma therapy can help to develop positive coping skills, normalize children’s thoughts and feelings, and process events that have happened to them in order to minimize maladaptive coping strategies further down the road.
for performance – Whether an athlete, an artist, or a student trying to write a term paper, the way that we “perform” in our tasks can be negatively impacted by trauma. Our trauma might be due to past physical injury, historical traumas, or some other barrier that keeps us from performing at our best. Trauma therapy can help us to integrate these traumas into our lives in order to improve our level of performance.
for chronic physical or emotional pain – It is possible for symptoms of trauma to show in our bodies. When a stressful event occurs, our bodies respond to that stress physically. If we are not able to physically process that stress, it gets stuck in our bodies and can manifest as physical pain, discomfort, or limitation. Trauma therapy can help us to work through these traumas, which can help to alleviate both physical and emotional pain.
for recent traumatic events – Recent Traumatic Episode Protocol (R-TEP) is an individual application of Early EMDR Intervention (EEI), which may be used to provide brief intervention in treating acute distress surrounding a recent traumatic event. R-TEP can help survivors to process a traumatic event before trauma memories have been integrated, which may prevent later complications and strengthen resilience.
for groups – In the event of a traumatic event that has impacted a large group, such as a workplace or a large family, Group Traumatic Episode Protocol (G-TEP) is a group application of Early EMDR Intervention (EEI). G-TEP may be used to provide brief intervention in a group setting in treating acute distress surrounding a recent traumatic event. G-TEP can help groups to process a traumatic event before trauma memories have been integrated, which may prevent later complications and strengthen resilience.