Trauma & PTSD Therapy
In our modern age, more and more people are being affected by traumatic events. One of my main specializations is helping people recover from the traumatic experiences in their lives.
More and more, all of psychotherapy is being informed by our growing understanding of trauma. In the past, trauma might have been seen as something that was only severe and rare. Today, we understand that varying levels of trauma have been a part of many people's lives.
My approach to treating trauma and PTSD draws mainly from the techniques of Somatic Experiencing and Trauma-Focused Therapy (TFT). Personally, although it's a slightly longer process, I have found that this approach delivers deeper and longer-lasting results than EMDR. Different approaches work for different people. I would be happy to talk with you about how Somatic Expereincing and Trauma-Focused Therapy work.
Being able to work well with all forms of trauma-related issues is essential in successful psychotherapy and counseling, since in a broad sense, almost all mental health issues, emotional problems, and relationship problems, are actually based in what can be viewed as traumas, big and small, specific and general, extreme and subtle.
In shock trauma, one experiences an overwhelming feeling of danger and distress, coming from something sudden. Mass shootings are obviously the prime example of shock trauma. Shock trauma could be an individual event, such as a car accident, or something more long-term, such as soldiers who have been in a war zone, or spouses that have been the victim of domestic violence over a period of months or years. These are just some examples; the actual possibilities are many.
Shock trauma will often give rise to PTSD, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. In PTSD, you might experience hyper-awareness to potential danger, nightmares, or be easily and intensely startled.
In developmental trauma, the overwhelming emotions become a regular part of growing up as a child or adolescent. Chronically abusive, critical, or neglectful parents cause a child's mind and physical nervous system to develop in a context of ongoing trauma.
In cases like this, one may grow up in a traumatized or semi-traumatized state, and then in adulthood experience symptoms such as chronic, low-grade depression (or severe depression), or what is known as "free-floating anxiety," a sense of dread and nervousness that comes from anywhere or from no where. The feeling might have originated as a child, waiting long hours for dad to get home from work, knowing you're going to "get the belt" when he gets home.
There are a variety of approaches that can be taken in the therapy process of resolving trauma. I'm afraid I don't do EMDR, because I don't have confidence in it as a technique. My approach is time-tested and evidence-based; a gentle, gradual approach that allows clients to work through their issues on the deepest, most helpful levels, and to do so in a way that is safe and long-lasting. If you have any questions about this type of issue or how therapy might be helpful to you, please don't hesitate to contact me.
I don't want you to suffer any longer. Whether you are experiencing the intense symptoms of shock trauma or the more chronic symptoms of developmental trauma, there is hope, and there is a process, which can help you overcome the trauma and anxiety you feel. Don't hesitate to contact me with any questions you might have. Erik