The way each person interprets danger is a highly individual experience. I will work with you from your present-moment experience and begin to establish internal resources for safety originating from your mind, body and spirit. Find the freedom to move on with your life with confidence.
Easily startled, inexplicably thrust back into the midst of a terrible situation, haunted by nightmares; derailed by intrusive thoughts, obsessions, avoidance, fear and hyper-vigilance; finding solace in isolation and caged by an inability to fully engage in the present. Trauma responses occur when an individual has experienced or witnessed a life threatening event.
The ability to express your emotional response to a traumatic event and make sense of it intellectually is critical to fully processing the incident in a way that allows for you to come to acceptance about what happened and find resolution. When feelings become stifled, they harden into fears and show up in unforeseen and unhealthy ways such as eating disorders, phobias, and compulsions.
Unresolved traumatic material frequently shows up in nightmares and flashbacks triggered by seemingly innocuous cues, latent reminders of the event encoded by our memory in sensory information (colors, sounds, smells) or echoes of the event in words or body language. Intimate partner violence, sexual abuse and child abuse can shatter a person's sense of reality and their ability to trust in themselves. Violence originating from those we love and trust is the most difficult to heal from and the most confusing to make sense of. As a result, individuals who have been harmed by those closest to them tend to overcompensate by taking the blame for another’s actions and directing their mistrust and rage towards themselves. Learning to find forgiveness and self-compassion for the shame you feel is the first and most painful part of the healing process.
Often what creates change in psychotherapy is a reparative relationship founded on loving kindness where you can feel safe to explore those areas that you have repressed for fear of being judged or misunderstood. The dynamics that play out in the context of the therapeutic relationship are important guide posts to directing the treatment. Situations, responses, and emotions that come up in treatment often echo the dynamics in your outer world. We will examine them closely, unflinchingly confronting whatever anger, pain, longings or preconceptions come up in order to facilitate a greater understanding into your stance in life, the sometimes unarticulated worldview that each person brings to their interactions, and create the opportunity for healing.
The process of diving deep into the psyche can be by nature disruptive and uncomfortable. My intention is to hold a space that is empathic, honest and aligned with your intentions. Schedule an appointment with me today to see if I am the right fit for your healing journey.
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