- Is your past disrupting your present?
- Is anxiety overwhelming your ability to live in the “now?”
- Has unresolved trauma from childhood, perhaps through abuse or neglect, affected your mental and physical wellbeing as an adult?
- Do you have flashbacks, intrusive memories or nightmares? Take the PTSD screening test to find out if you are struggling with PTSD.
- Is it hard for you to connect with or trust others?
- Are you afraid you will never be able to move forward?
- Do you wish you could relax physically and emotionally?
Trauma recovery is possible. A trauma can be caused by a specific event (like an accident or an assault), a recurring event (like combat exposure or repeated abuse), a developmental trauma (like physical or emotional neglect in childhood), or trans-generational. Trans-genrational (traumas of our parents, grandparents, and even great grandparents) can live in our unexplained depression, anxiety, fears, phobias, obsessive thoughts and physical symptoms—what scientists are now calling “secondary PTSD”. Trauma can also be caused by many other frightening situations, such as bullying, abuse, rape, crime, war, victimization and shaming/humiliation. When we are in the presence of these kinds of dangers, our bodies get ready to respond, changing physiologically to prepare to deal with the situation. This is an adaptive response when a threat present, but sometimes the body is not able to turn it off after the danger has passed. Whether you have been exposed to a life or death situation, have experienced something in childhood that your body interpreted as a dangerous situation, or inherited your parent’s/grandparent’s traumatic experience in your body, the effect is the same.
I am trained in a Somatic Experiencing approach to Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), called Natural Processing. EMDR is a powerful treatment modality “that has helped over 2 million people of all ages relieve many types of psychological distress.” Somatic therapies such as EMDR and Somatic Experiencing are used mainly in the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and trauma, but they also play a positive role in recovery from anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, eating disorders, and substance abuse. Somatic therapies are designed for anyone who needs to free themselves from destructive thoughts in order to live a more meaningful life.