Are you seeking Trauma Therapy?
Have you been unable to sleep? Are you constantly feeling on high alert? Do you startle easily? Are traumatic flashbacks or nightmares haunting you? Do certain sounds or places send you into a panic? Single incident trauma such as a car accident or natural disaster can cause serious symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD. Also, complex trauma, which is chronic trauma that happens over a long period of time, can also cause nervous system dysregulation symptoms. Certainly, Trauma Therapy can help and support your healing.
You might be feeling hopeless and lost, but trauma therapy can help! Symptoms of PTSD and complex trauma can be healed.
Symptoms of PTSD & Complex Trauma
Fear of certain noises or places
Loss of pleasure in activities
Symptoms of Trauma Are a Very Normal Reaction To a Very Abnormal Situation
You are not alone. 60% of adults in the United States report difficulty during childhood. 6 out of every 100 people will have PTSD at least one point in their life. According to Rainn.org, Child Protective Services found strong evidence that showed 63,000 children a year were victims of sexual abuse (From 2009-2013).
Just because you have never been to war or endured sexual abuse doesn’t mean you haven’t had trauma. Trauma is subjective to the individual. Anything can cause trauma. For example, just because your brother wasn’t affected by your father’s constant yelling growing up, doesn’t mean that you won’t be affected.
The good news is, there are many evidenced based trauma treatments that can help people with symptoms of PTSD and complex trauma.
Traumatic events are not caused by the “triggering” event itself. They stem from the frozen residue of energy that had not been resolved or discharged; This residue remains trapped in the nervous system where it can wreak havoc on our bodies and spirits. -Peter Levine, PHD
How I Work With Trauma Therapy
Healing from trauma is different for everyone. One core aspect of trauma therapy is creating safety in the mind and body. This is why I utilize a variety of trauma techniques and modalities. To explain, I use both top-down and bottom-up trauma therapies. Top-down trauma therapy is more cognitive in approach. Basically, they help a person think differently. Examples of top-down therapies are cognitive behavioral therapy, classic talk therapy, and dialectical behavioral therapy.
It’s been said that with trauma, bottom-up therapies can be more beneficial. This is often because we may not have memories of what happened to us or repeated trauma events have cause havoc on our nervous system. A bottom up therapy that I use is called Somatic Experiencing. Importantly, this therapy taps into bodily sensations and responses. Somatic Experiencing is an in-depth three year training that utilizes the body and nervous system in healing. I am in my intermediate year of training.
Additionally, I also use EMDR which incorporates top-down and bottom-up processing. EMDR uses bilateral eye movements to process traumatic memories and negative cognitive self beliefs. Overall, It makes the trauma memories less impactful and more adaptive.
I am offering Trauma Therapy in person at my office in Ventura, California (near Santa Barbara, Oxnard, Ojai, Camarillo, Thousand Oaks). I also see clients online all over California. If you need more info, I offer a 20-minute complementary phone session for any questions you may have. In short, I look forward to hearing from you.
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5550 Telegraph Rd. Ventura, California 93003
Located near Ojai, Santa Barbara, Oxnard, Camarillo, Thousand Oaks.
Also seeing clients for online therapy all over.