Trauma is a distressing event in which a person feels severely threatened emotionally, psychologically, or physically. Most people will experience a traumatic event at some point in their lives, such as a car accident, abuse or neglect, the sudden death of a loved one, a violent criminal act, exposure to the violence of war, or a natural disaster. Many people recover from trauma with time and through the support of family and friends, bouncing back with great resiliency, but for others, the effects of trauma are lasting, causing a person to live with deep emotional pain, fear, confusion, or posttraumatic stress far after the event has passed. Often, the support, guidance, and assistance of mental health professionals is fundamental to healing from trauma.
Sexual abuse: whether it happened when you were a child, it happened some years ago, or it just happened, it’s possible to heal and grow after a sexual assault. The emotional impact of sexual abuse is unique for each individual. Some of the challenges that survivors of a sexual assault face are depression, anxiety, anger, self-harm, nightmares, post-traumatic stress, relationship and attachment problems, unexplained fear of particular people or places, sexual acting out, among others. Though sexual abuse is a traumatic and life-altering experience, recovery is possible. Research has consistently shown that the relationship between the therapist and the person in treatment is the most significant predictor of recovery. I’m a compassionate therapist who understands sexual trauma and its effects, and I’m here to help you.
Violence survivor: getting robbed, attacked, witnessing an assault, being part of an accident, witnessing somebody dying can all affect you drastically. We have ideas of how the world should be and when something happens that we thought couldn’t happen to us, it can change the way we see the world. Psychotherapy is the most effective form of treatment for healing from the effects of trauma. Counseling can help people who have experienced trauma and those diagnosed with PTSD make sense of their experiences and feelings, develop plans to stay safe, learn healthy coping skills, and connect with other resources and support. A qualified therapist can help you heal from trauma even long after the traumatic event took place.
Domestic violence: living in a relationship where abuse (physical and/or mental) happens or happened can take a toll on yourself. The scars have a very hard time healing and we can carry the effects with us wherever we go. I have helped many women develop the skills they need to walk away from abusive relationships and live successfully on their own. I’ve worked to stop the cycle of violence. Many people who experience abuse in childhood become enablers, involving themselves in a series of relationships that escalate into abuse and violence. Many more people carry scars from long ago violence. It affects their ability to function normally in the workplace and develop healthy relationships. I can help you develop self esteem, identify relationship patterns and potential red flags, and behave with an appropriate level of assertiveness.