TRAUMA, ABUSE, & DIFFICULT CHILDHOOD
● Chronic depression or anxiety
● Inappropriate guilt or shame
● Irritability or mood swings
● Withdrawing from others
● Difficulty concentrating, confusion
● Feeling disconnected
● Periods of feeling outside of your body or feeling like things aren't real
● Flashbacks or re-experiencing
● Chronic illness or chronic pain
● Feeling numb or empty
● Self-harm (e.g., cutting, burning, etc.)
● Thoughts of suicide or recurrent thoughts of death
Do I need help?
Do you find it difficult to cope more days that not? Is your quality of life suffering and you feel hopeless about feeling better? Do you suffer from chronic depression, anxiety, and/or have difficulty regulating your emotions? Have your relationships been impacted negatively by the way you interact with others? Are you thinking about suicide?
These are all signs it's time to get help. Trauma can have a major impact on our brains and the way we cope, function, and behave. Although many people only think about "big" trauma and PTSD, trauma can also happen over the course of our development. This is called "complex trauma." Many people suffering from this type of trauma may not even be aware they are living with trauma. It can stem from dysfunctional families, physical/emotional/verbal or sexual abuse, bullying, harassment, and belonging to a marginalized group that experiences systemic oppression (such as racism, heterosexism, sexism, etc.).
Trauma-informed psychotherapy and counseling is an effective treatment for those suffering from PTSD, developmental or complex trauma, and abusive situations. This type of therapy is built around normalizing experiences, providing psychoeducation about trauma, building coping skills, reducing trauma symptoms, and improving day to day functioning. Trauma therapy is an area I feel particularly passionate about and engaged with. Please see my Individual Psychotherapy page if you feel ready to take the next steps.