• Trauma-Informed Therapy in New York

    Trauma-Informed Therapy in New York

    • Do you feel broken and lost?
    • Do you look in the mirror and you don’t recognize the person looking back at you?
    • Do you feel like you will never be able to move forward?
    • Do you want to remember who you before everything happened?
    • Do you have difficulty trusting others? Maybe you struggle with holding onto relationships.
    • Are you struggling to figure out who you are as an individual?
    • Do you have difficulty relaxing and being present?
    • Would you like to learn how to trust other people? Are you ready to create a more authentic version of yourself?

    Learning how to move forward after a traumatic experience can feel impossible.

    After experiencing abusive relationships it can feel impossible to move forward. Once we experience high-stress situations for extended periods of time it can feel impossible to relax and calm down. This is because our nervous system goes into overdrive after prolonged exposure to extended stress.

    High stress can occur from any situation that makes us feel helpless, hopeless, or close to death. Examples of this are; physical abuse, emotional abuse, verbal abuse, sexual abuse, a car accident, witnessing someone die or witnessing someone get hurt badly. This is not a complete list but only some of the situations that can cause a nervous system to get stuck in overdrive.

    As a trauma-informed therapist, I can help you to process your thoughts and emotions associated with these types of experiences to help you move forward. I can give you the skills to feel at peace and live life in the present moment.

    I believe that psycho-education is an important part of therapy and can help individuals understand the causes and symptoms associated with experiencing trauma. 

    Individual trauma-informed therapy can help you understand yourself more fully

    The first thing I do when starting with a client is create a safe, holding, and nonjudgmental space for you to move through the therapy process. I believe that the most important part of therapy is the client-therapist relationship. 

    I help clients recognize their own self-awareness and help them identify their own behaviors, emotions, and thoughts. This can look like processing and identifying past experiences that affect the way that we presently behave and think. I help clients see past unhealthy patterns that are continuing to replay presently.

    I believe that bodywork is an important part of the healing process. This means that I teach clients how to calm their nervous systems when they are stuck in overdrive. I help clients find the relaxation technique that fits best for you personally.

    The truth is that it is impossible to do trauma work alone. Support is the most important part of being able to move forward. This is true even for trauma therapists, which is why I consult and receive supervision regularly while doing this work with clients. 

    Individual trauma-informed therapy can help you find your way back to yourself, educate you on how to create and maintain boundaries effectively, and can help you to actively live more in the present moment.

    Some common concerns…

    I feel like things with never be different or get better.

    The truth is we cannot walk this journey alone. I have helped numerous individuals lead healthier and more present lives. You do not have to continue to live the way that you have been. Things can get better.

    I am not good at expressing my emotions to other people.

    Honestly, this is completely normal for individuals who have lived in situations where it was not safe to express different emotions. Prolonged exposure to these stressful situations leads to shoving emotions and difficultly expressing them in the future. I have helped other individuals express these emotions in a safe environment and when they are truly ready to do so.

    I am not ready to talk about some past experiences.

    That is okay. Part of being trauma-informed means that I do not force individuals to discuss topics that they are not ready to discuss. I believe in following the lead of my client and meeting them where they are at. You are the expert in your life, which means that you know what you need to heal.

    I am scared if I start to cry I will never stop.

    This is a normal feeling and a common concern that I hear regularly. This feeling probably comes from feeling full of this emotion. We as individuals need to let ourselves feel our emotions as they come up. If we do not let ourselves do this then this is the result. I teach clients emotional regulation skills to help them disrupt the overwhelming emotions that they may have through treatment.

    Are you ready to move forward in your life and feel at peace?

    Call to schedule a session for Individual Trauma-Informed Therapy and see how therapy can help you find your authentic and true self.

    315-944-0525

    I offer a FREE 15-minute consultation to determine if we are a good fit for each other.

     

    Trauma Symptoms

    According to the four types of symptoms listed in the DSM-5

    Avoidance Symptoms

    • Avoiding specific locations, sights, situations, and sounds that serve as reminders of the event
    • Anxiety, depression, numbness, or guilt

    Re-experiencing Symptoms

    • Intrusive thoughts, nightmares or flashbacks

    Hyperarousal Symptoms

    • Anger, irritability, and hypervigilance
    • Aggressive, reckless behavior, including self-harm
    • Sleep disturbances

    Negative Mood and Cognition Symptoms

    • Loss of interest in activities that were once considered enjoyable
    • Difficulty remembering details of the distressing event
    • Change in habits or behavior since the trauma