Trauma Therapy

What is Trauma? Trauma refers to any event or series of events that overwhelms an individual’s ability to cope, leaving them feeling helpless, threatened, or in extreme distress. Trauma is a complex and deeply personal experience that can have a profound impact on a person’s life. It can result from various sources such as accidents, abuse, violence, natural disasters, or witnessing traumatic events.

Trauma can have lasting effects on a person’s mental, emotional, and physical well-being. It may manifest in a range of symptoms, including but not limited to:

  1. Emotional Distress: Anxiety, depression, irritability, anger, guilt, shame, or feelings of detachment.
  2. Intrusive Memories: Flashbacks, nightmares, or intrusive thoughts that reoccur involuntarily.
  3. Hyperarousal: Persistent feelings of being on edge, easily startled, or having difficulty sleeping or concentrating.
  4. Avoidance: Avoiding triggers or situations that remind one of the traumatic event.
  5. Negative Beliefs: Self-blame, loss of trust in others, or a sense of diminished self-worth.
  6. Physical Symptoms: Fatigue, headaches, gastrointestinal issues, or changes in appetite or weight.

Shauna provides a compassionate and individualized approach to trauma therapy. Some common therapeutic modalities I employ include:

  1. Trauma-focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT): This approach helps individuals identify and modify negative thoughts, emotions, and behaviors associated with trauma. It aims to provide effective coping strategies and promote healing.
  2. Somatic Experiencing (SE): SE focuses on the body’s physical sensations and responses to trauma, facilitating the release of stored tension and promoting a sense of safety and regulation.
  3. Mindfulness-Based Interventions: Incorporating mindfulness techniques helps individuals develop present-moment awareness, self-compassion, and emotional regulation skills.

I work to create a safe and non-judgmental space where you can explore your experiences and emotions at your own pace. Through the therapeutic relationship, individuals can gain insight, develop coping strategies, and ultimately find healing and resilience.

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