A little about trauma . . . .
Trauma causes a deep disconnect with the way that we make contact with our emotions, manage our thinking, and “live” in our bodies. Because we are thinking/feeling human beings (with a brain wired for our survival) our ability to navigate life, especially after a trauma has occurred, is greatly impacted. We can become confused about what feels safe or real.
I will help you understand what trauma is and how it has impacted your body and brain. We will work together to identify and explore what it means to safely connect with others. And the world around you.
First, we create physical and emotional safety as preparation for our work together. This sets the foundation for building trust in the process and with me as your guide throughout the process.
Next, I’ll help you understand how difficult emotions and experiences become trapped in the body (and brain) which shows up in your thought patterns and behaviors. You will learn to compassionately reconnect with the parts of yourself that feel helpless, numb, wounded and fragmented. Together we will identify, explore and release emotions, thoughts, and sensations in the body that are connected to your trauma as a child, and heal them. I will help you build the appropriate tools for coping to control the fear, worthlessness, anger and shame that has bound you as a result of your trauma history. Your inner child has done the best she could to protect you.
Our final process helps you to develop a loving and compassionate acceptance of yourself and your past so that moving on becomes possible. We learn to experience healthy relationships; see life despite our trauma history; through a different filter. Self-awareness broadens and we learn to safely adapt to external/internal worlds that feel less scary. The integrated self learns to live a life with increased confidence, becomes emotionally regulated and experiences improved self-esteem. We are no longer defined by our traumatic past. We are no longer burdened and silenced. We learn to breathe…and move through the hurt. We experience love. We love ourselves wholly and completely.
I’ve done that work. And you can too!