You no longer have to feel alone in your struggle. Pain thrives on secrecy, meaning that the longer you keep it all inside, the more painful it becomes. By sharing your hurts and pains with someone else, you invite healing into your life because you are not the only one carrying the weight of your struggles. I wish there was a magic wand that could take it all away, but there is something almost magical about entrusting someone else to hold a sacred space for you to explore your emotions and thoughts. I would be honored to walk this journey with you and help to carry the hurts that are currently weighing you down.
My journey as a therapist began working with teens and their families who have experienced trauma and I am trained in trauma-informed care. Before you move on, saying “this doesn’t apply to me” let me explain what I have learned. Trauma comes in many forms from “big T” traumas that we would identify as war, accidents, abuse, etc, to “little t” traumas which I have come to realize include much of our life experiences of hurt and pain. Little t traumas happen when we have loss of connection from others, feel afraid due to interactions with someone with or without a logical threat, have to speak publicly and feel embarrassed or ashamed of our performance. Essentially, the brain treats big T and little t traumas the same. It struggles to adequately process them and gets stuck in a looping pattern that keeps us stuck as well. Therapy can address this looping pattern, and help us get unstuck while creating new neural pathways that allow us to find healing and move forward with less pain and frustration.
We are learning so much more about how our minds and brains work and that there are ways that we can literally change the structure of our brain through the work of mindfulness, therapy, and using techniques like bilateral stimulation. I have been trained in both EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and TF-CBT (Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) which are the two most researched and supported models for effectively treating trauma (Big T and little t). Whether you have experienced Big T trauma and need to process one or multiple scary events, or if you have encountered little t traumas in your relationships, utilizing EMDR and therapy can help you begin to shift patterns in your brain that are stuck in that looping pattern.
If you also get excited about the science or just want to learn more about these ideas, check out the following videos and resources:
Mindfulness and Meditation:
- Train your brain: the importance of 10 minutes
- A 10 minute Body Scan Guided Meditation
- Calm – for guided meditation
- Yoga with Adriene (my favorite free online yoga instructor)
I have a history working with adolescent and adult individuals who experience anxiety, depression, self harming behaviors, suicidal thoughts, painful break-ups, family conflict, infidelity, past trauma, and PTSD symptoms.
How To Get Started
If you’d like to get started with therapy, give me a call to schedule an appointment at 612-305-8606