My Approach to Helping
I work primarily with adolescents and adults who have lived through difficult life experiences. I work with both single incident trauma and what's called complex trauma, meaning you have experienced repeated, long-term trauma at some point in life, often in childhood.
I understand the long-term impact that trauma has on the way you view yourself, the world, and others. Interpersonal trauma impacts your ability to trust others and yourself. You may see the world as an unsafe place. You may believe others always have ulterior motives. You may view yourself as not good enough, helpless, or worthless. My approach is to create safety within the therapeutic relationship first. I believe you need to feel safe, accepted, and understood, which then allows you to open up and process trauma through sharing your story.
I often see symptoms as "answers" to difficult life experiences that helped you to survive. If you are now safe, it is likely that those symptoms are no longer necessary. Together we will work together to help you to find new ways of coping and to make sense of your experiences, so that you are no longer defined by your experiences. Rather you can live free to pursue the life you desire and deserve.