Many of us hold varying degrees of trauma in our bodies and psyches. Residual effects of trauma may be related to events such as a car accident, early childhood abuse or neglect, or even planned surgical procedures. Traumatic experiences, whether known or unknown, can leave long-term effects on the psyche and the body. Examples include constricting our engagement with life, cycling through destructive relationships, and limiting our experiences of pleasure and joy. Many people attempt to manage these symptoms through addictive, compulsive and obsessive behaviors.
Trauma, however, can be resolved. While nothing can change the past, our relationships with ourselves and others can grow and heal. Unlike traditional psychotherapy, our approach emphasizes not only the processing of trauma, but also accessing and developing strengths and resources. This provides a foundation that cultivates a stronger sense of self and safety in the world, thereby avoiding re-traumatization.