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trauma from birth, childhood trauma, break in identity, therapy

Trauma Therapy

What causes trauma? 

Trauma is caused by exposure to actual or threatened death, violence, serious injury or accident, or other emotional distressing situations. These can including being learning of, witnessing, or experiencing natural disasters, accidents, physical or sexual assault, domestic violence, childhood neglect or abuse, or the sudden loss of a loved one. It is important to note that what is traumatic for one person may not be traumatic for another. Trauma is a highly personal experience and it can manifest differently for each individual. 

What are the symptoms of PTSD?

Trauma experience can cause a wide range of emotional, physical, and psychological symptoms. These include 

  • Anxiety and feeling of uncertainty 

  • Depression 

  • Avoidance of triggers that remind them of the trauma

  • Recurrent and intrusive memories of traumatic event (e.g., flashback and nightmares)

  • Hyper-vigilance

  • Difficulty trusting others

  • Loss of interest in everyday activities

  • Changes in sleeping and eating patterns 

If left unaddressed, these symptoms can lead to significant distress and interfere with an individual's ability to function in their daily life. 

What to expect from trauma therapy?

Our therapists may use a variety of treatment modalities depending on your needs and preferences.

  • Prolonged Exposure (PE) Therapy

  • Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)

  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

  • Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)  

Regardless of the modality of treatment, the goal of trauma therapy is to help you heal from the effects of your trauma and move forward with a greater sense of safety, resilience, and well-being. If you have any concerns regarding the different modalities, our therapists would explain them further during your first session.  

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