Trauma Centered Therapy
Trauma can be defined as a psychological, emotional response to an event or an experience that is deeply distressing or disturbing. Trauma physically changes our brains. When you experience a traumatic event, your mind changes. Areas of your brain that once worked in a way change based on hyperarousal due to trauma. For example, the amygdala gets over-activated after a traumatic experience. When you hear the phrase "fight, flight or freeze" that's when you have a physical
and emotional response to a trigger. You remember your trauma, and your amygdala becomes overactive. You're hypervigilant, and you're on alert, making sure that you're safe from danger. Your trauma is real, and your brain is telling you that you're hurting and need help. Trauma therapy is not one specific type of treatment.
The purpose of trauma-focused therapy is to offer skills and strategies to assist you in better understanding, coping with, processing emotions and memories tied to traumatic experiences, with the end goal of enabling you to create a healthier and more adaptive meaning in your life.
There is no one size fits all model. Each client is assessed for what area they might have experienced trauma in their life and working jointly with me, we will come up with a treatment plan that will assist you in setting goals and objectives to work towards them in therapy together.