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 (like an emergency brake) so that your able to leave session feeling grounded versus overwhelmed and spacey.
Healing from trauma, especially complex trauma, is an individual process. I'll shoot it you straight, no two healing journeys look exactly alike. Therefore, it might take you more or less time in any of these stages of healing. However, this is a general guideline to help you understand the way I approach healing trauma.
What it Looks Like
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 and necessary to heal from trauma safely. Trauma makes our window of tolerance smaller, meaning we're more likely to go into fight/flight/freeze/fawn than people who have not experienced trauma. I'll work to help you recalibrate your nervous system so you can experience life without becoming overwhelmed or feeling numb. 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 all the parts of you
Complex trauma can leave us at war with ourselves. We feel filled with hatred for parts of ourselves and fear of others. Together, we will work to help you meet yourself with compassion and understand how all parts of you, even the ones that cause you pain, are trying to support you. This can help you to see even the most difficult behaviors and aspects of yourself with compassion and curiosity, creating room for change.
Processing the Trauma
Reclaiming the Future
We'll identify and develop plans to help you cope with triggers moving forward. We'll continue to practice skills, manage symptoms as they arise and help you go from surviving to thriving.