I will help you process past attachment wounding and understand how it’s driving your symptoms and behaviors.
I am a trained Trauma Therapist based in Portland, Oregon, and working online with clients throughout all of Oregon and California.
What is trauma exactly?
People often come to me wondering, is what they’ve experienced trauma?
Trauma and PTSD can occur in response to an event that goes beyond your ability to cope. This can look different for different people. What constitutes as traumatic for one person may not be experienced as a trauma for someone else.
Single incident traumas can occur after events like a car accident, an isolated assault, medical surgery, a complicated birth experience, a betrayal and so forth.
It is not uncommon however for someone to have experienced chronic traumatic experiences. This type of trauma also can stem from a variety of different experiences. It might look like a childhood in which neglect or physical, emotional, or sexual abuse were repeatedly present. It may arise from persistent bullying, domestic violence, an emotionally abusive relationship, a job in which your life or the lives of others were at risk.
The symptoms of trauma can be psychological, emotional, behavioral and physiological.
You might recognize some of these trauma symptoms:
Inability to concentrate
Feelings of shame, self-loathing or worthlessness.
Feeling disconnected or numb
Difficulties trusting people or trying new things
Avoidance of people, situations and memories related to the trauma
Moving forward from trauma can be difficult to do alone. You might feel stuck and unsure if you’ll ever feel free from the painful memories. It can feel very lonely and isolating. Trauma can bring up feelings of shame for people and the belief that it was their fault or they did something to cause what happened. Feelings of low self-worth and self-loathing aren’t uncommon. You might think no one will ever understand what you’re going through. You might feel powerless or hopeless that things will ever change. If any of these things sounds familiar, just know you’re not alone.
“What you needed to do to survive might be very different from what you need to do to live.”
I understand feelings of safety and trust are a prerequisite to trauma work. I provide a safe space to address past and present experiences by meeting you where you're at, in a gentle collaborative way, helping you to overcome the debilitating effects of certain events in your life at a pace that feels comfortable.
Healing is possible.
Have additional questions about my practice?
I look forward to meeting you.
Please feel free to explore my services and schedule a consultation if you would like to learn more about what our work together might look like.