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Therapy for Trauma

Trauma can manifest in various ways, and it doesn't always have to be a life-threatening event to have a lasting impact on an individual. Whether it's physical, emotional, or psychological, if something from your past continues to weigh on you as an unhealed wound, we would consider this a form of trauma.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) often arises after experiencing events like actual or threatened death, serious injury, or sexual violence. PTSD symptoms may include intrusive memories, avoidance behaviors, negative shifts in thoughts and emotions, and changes in arousal and reactivity. While not everyone experiences the full spectrum of PTSD symptoms, even a subset of these symptoms can significantly disrupt daily life. 

Developmental trauma refers to traumatic experiences that occur during crucial stages of a person's childhood development. These experiences can deeply affect an individual's physical, emotional, and psychological well-being. Unlike isolated traumatic events, developmental trauma often involves prolonged exposure to adverse situations, such as abuse, neglect, or dysfunctional family dynamics. 

Examples of developmental trauma include emotional abuse, physical abuse, neglect, sexual abuse, and chronic family dysfunction. These experiences can disrupt a child's sense of safety, security, and attachment, leading to difficulties in various areas of development, including cognitive, emotional, social, and behavioral functioning. 

In my practice, I specialize in EMDR Therapy as the primary approach to treating trauma. EMDR helps your brain and body process traumatic memories, facilitating a shift in how you perceive and respond to the experiences of your past. 

Your past experiences don't have to dictate your present and your future. With the right support and therapy, you can heal and recover.