trauma. Maybe it was one major event like a car accident or a terrifying experience giving birth. Or perhaps you were repeatedly abused, neglected, or bullied as a child, or were previously in an abusive relationship as an adult.
like you can't relax or let your guard down. You feel like your fight, flight, or freeze response is getting activated often. You might have negative thoughts about yourself and intrusive images or nightmares. You don't feel safe even though logically you know you are. You have a hard time participating in every day activities because anxiety and fear get in the way. You feel like the trauma you experienced continues to control how you think, feel, and act in daily life.
Let's work together
We'll take some time to get to know each other and build trust in the therapeutic relationship. I'll provide you with information about trauma. We'll work on coping skills you can use to help calm your mind and body.
When you feel ready, we will process the trauma. If appropriate for you we can use Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to desensitize and reprocess your distressing memories. Clients who have participated in EMDR often report feeling less emotionally and physically activated by triggers and notice positive shifts in how they think about themselves.
I'm an EMDR Certified Therapist through the EMDR International Institute (EMDRIA), meaning I've completed training, consultation, and experience hours beyond the basic EMDR training many therapists receive. This advanced training has prepared me to provide EMDR to clients who have complex trauma experiences and may need a more nuanced approach to EMDR therapy. You can learn more about EMDR therapy on the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) website.