Healing from complex trauma is possible but it requires a therapist who knows how to help you. It sounds simple but therapy can actually make your symptoms worse if not done in an intentional way. In order for treatment to be successful we need to give you skills to soothe your nervous system (think emergency brake) so that your able to leave session feeling grounded versus overwhelmed and spacey.
What it Looks Like
Learning to regulate your nervous system
Learning how to calm your nervous system is the first step in healing from trauma. Working together, I'll teach you about your nervous system, your window of tolerance and give you concrete skills to regulate your system.
Validating and honoring your feelings
Complex trauma can leave us with strong feelings of self-hatred, anxiety and a desire to "just move on" or we might not even know what we feel. In sessions, you'll learn to identify your feelings, validate them and develop compassion for yourself where there used to be judgement.
Trauma makes our window of tolerance smaller, meaning we're more likely to go into fight/flight/freeze/fawn than we might otherwise. I'll work to help you recalibrate your nervous system so you can experience life without becoming overwhelmed or feeling numb.
Processing the Trauma
I'll utilize EMDR to help you reprocess past experiences so you can see them, and yourself, in a new light.