Are you looking for a sense of direction in your trauma recovery?
We can help guide you.
We believe in providing our clients with trusted and knowledgeable therapeutic care. We want to collaborate with you in finding the direction that meets your unique experiences and goals, whether that's moving forward in life, looking backward at your story, or seeing further inward for self-understanding.
Here's what trauma therapy might look like with us:
Starting off slow and steady, we go at your pace and respect your boundaries.
The focus is on building a secure container and foundation for therapy work.
We complete relevant clinical assessments.
And discuss other helpful supports (e.g., nutrition, primary care).
Tools, safety, resourcing
We share information relevant to you and your experiences
(e.g., trauma in the nervous system, the impact of early childhood experiences, or the after-effects of shock trauma).
And start developing a toolbox of coping strategies for supporting you in everyday life, as well as in preparation for trauma processing during sessions.
Reprocessing & integration
The way we process trauma depends on your preferences and readiness.
Our intention is to be non-regressive so that we're limiting re-traumatization and maintaining safety.
The aim is not to forget that the trauma happened but to shift how it continues to show up in the here-and-now of your current life.
As things get processed and integrated, space opens up for you to know yourself beyond trauma.
We focus on maintaining a supported mind and body, continuing to build and use your toolbox.
We also explore topics like values-based living, hopes for the future, and identifying with purpose and meaning.
And here are some of the ways we approach doing that:
The values of compassion-focused therapy are woven into everything we do. These values focus on reducing the self-shaming and self-criticism that often accompany experiencing trauma, such as how you judge a thought, reaction, or habit that you think is "bad" but actually helped you survive. The more we shift shame, the less power it has as a roadblock to finding some recovery.
Attachment directly influences how our own brains and nervous systems developed over time - including how we think and feel in response to trauma at any point in life. Attachment experiences create our emotional and relational blueprint - this gives you key insights about your internal world and how, or why, it is what it is based on your life experiences.
EMDR & Parts Work
EMDR is a reprocessing method that helps you find relief from the "heat" of trauma memories and triggers in the present day. Parts work offers a gentle approach to giving all aspects of yourself a voice. This might look like understanding a fight part, reconnecting with a dissociated part, reducing the intensity of a criticizing part, or hearing the story of a trauma-holding part.
Somatics & The Body
The mind is the body and the body is the mind. Trauma isn't just a mental experience that you can think away, and our thinking and emotions don't just exist in the brain. We want to bring the whole body into the trauma recovery process, which could look like learning about how breath and mood interconnect, finding movements that ground anxiety, and much more.