Trauma

Trauma can be any experience that leaves a lasting negative effect on you. Trauma can be big and obvious, like abuse, assault, abduction or detainment, natural disaster, or major medical issues, but it can also be small, incremental or quite covert.  These subtler forms of trauma can occur whenever you get/got less than what you need, are forced to deal with things you are not/were not prepared to deal with, or that are/were more than you could handle… like an unexpected divorce, bullying, or maybe even the simple fact that both of your parents had to work outside the home growing up….but you craved more from them.

It is very common for traumatic events to impact people for many years… even decades, and to show up in relationship challenges, career struggles, or even in how you parent. Sometimes, if the traumas were early in life and not crystal clear in your memory, you’ll see them manifest as a pervasive sense of not being “enough” or in chronic patterns of depression or anxiety.  Trauma can also manifest in chronic physical aches and pains.  

My specialties within this area are:

  • Pre-verbal trauma (early life)

  • Sexual abuse/assault/violence

  • Trauma-based dissociation

  • Complex trauma

  • PTSD

  • Recent traumatic events

 

Individual therapy is a comfortable, consistent, and dependable place where you can come to understand your traumatic experiences, process them, and move past them.  Among my many therapeutic tools, I use a highly effective technique called EMDR that can help you recover from trauma and move past suffering in a way that talk therapy alone often can’t. Most of my clients are shocked by how well it works and compared to many other trauma treatments, it’s also less disruptive. 

If something in my description of how historical trauma can show up in our lives feels familiar, we can work on creating shifts so  you can achieve the life you want.  

If you have endured a recent significant trauma, such as the sudden loss of a loved one, an accident, or sexual violence, with early intervention we can often prevent the trauma from sticking with you in the many destructive ways it tends to show up as life moves on. 

psychotherapy in SCOTTSDALE, AZ

I am currently accepting new clients from all over Arizona via telehealth!  

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