People think of natural disasters, wars, or accidents when we talk about trauma. However, most people come in for the less well-known type of trauma -- it is called Developmental, Childhood, or Complex Trauma.
People with complex trauma may be experiencing multiple medical problems, chronic sadness, anxiety, or difficulty developing close relationships. They may also be feeling removed from the world or from themselves.
In some way, these symptoms are our psyches and bodies protecting us from early danger. They are adaptive strategies that once served us, for example when we were small and vulnerable.
Maybe these strategies (patterns) have now become problematic in the context of one's life today, now that we are adults and no longer in that same danger.
With curiosity, time, and self-compassion, we can adjust these unhelpful patterns, and pick up new and healthier ones.
Through our counseling, we will identify your symptoms, how they formed, when they get triggered, and the new alternatives you can adopt to experience greater freedom in your life.
One of the powerful tools for trauma healing is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). It can do wonders, especially with single incident traumas such as a car accident. It can also be life-changing for complex trauma, but we will need to prepare ourselves through counseling first.
I will help you understand where you are in the process of healing, and if/when EMDR is recommended for you.
Here are a few insightful articles about EMDR therapy:
You are welcome to contact me to ask more questions. We can discuss whether this therapy would be appropriate for you.