Are You Haunted by Memories of Childhood Trauma?
- Is a painful experience from your childhood continuing to impact your life today?
- Are you experiencing intrusive memories of the trauma, including distressing physical sensations?
- Flashbacks, depression and low-self confidence can all be signs that you are still struggling with the pain of a childhood trauma.
- Are you trying to bury the pain of your past with alcohol, drugs, excessive work or other distractions?
- Have you found that you are struggling more and more to get through each day, connect with others and feel happy and safe?
- Do you often feel overwhelmed by anxiety, depression or negative self-talk?
- Do you feel compelled to do what others ask of you, and struggle to believe that you have any intrinsic worth?
You are not alone.
Moving forward from trauma is incredibly difficult.
Many adults with a history of trauma blame their unhappiness on their own shortcomings and may think that their shortcomings reflect some sort of personal failure or internal flaw. Adults who grow up with childhood trauma often struggle to trust others and feel secure within themselves or the world. And, because the trauma may have occurred decades ago, adults also struggle to connect their present struggles with their experiences in childhood. It is very common for adults with a history of childhood trauma to feel anxious, on-edge and self-conscious most of the time. Some find themselves in unsatisfying careers or relationships without knowing why. Often times, making it difficult to trust your own feelings or instincts and unable to communicate affectively. Thus, unresolved childhood trauma can leave a lasting mark on your life, making positive change difficult on your own.
Children develop beliefs and coping skills that they will use for the rest of their lives. When children grow up in continuously unsafe situations or face a single traumatic event, such as a car accident or natural disaster, those children learn that the world is a dangerous, unpredictable place. Children experiencing trauma develop coping skills to help them survive. These initial coping strategies are often learned & modeled by their family of origin. Often times, those coping mechanisms stop being effective as the child grows up into an adult, leading to communication and relationship issues, unhealthy coping skill, unhealthy boundaries and other challenges. Fortunately, trauma therapy at Discovery & Wellness Counseling, provides a safe environment for you to explore your past and begin to develop new, more effective coping mechanisms. Discovery and Wellness Counseling can provide the help and support you need to better understand your painful memories. Through trauma therapy, you can develop healthier perspectives, correct irrational beliefs and live without the pain of the traumatic memories.
Healing from the pain of the past, developing new skills for the future.
Pushing your painful memories away or trying to bury the past can often lead to larger issues. Unpacking your childhood trauma and identifying the ways in which it continues to disrupt your life my feel overwhelming. Rest assured, at Discovery and Wellness Counseling, we will walk with you so you are not alone in your journey. Honoring your experiences, and perspective through trauma counseling is essential in moving forward and living with greater confidence and healthier relationships. Developing a deeper understanding of the effects of trauma and your own wants and needs is essential in nurturing yourself and healing old hurts. As you begin to expand your emotional vocabulary and grow more in tune with your thoughts, feelings and physical sensations, as well as the triggers that bring your trauma flooding back are all key to establishing the foundation you need to move forward in your life.
Feeling free to speak openly and honestly while feeling heard and understood is powerful. Attention and expert care is so important in helping you recover from conscious and unconscious trauma. I will create a safe, nurturing environment for you, utilizing attachment-based therapy methods, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and the Developmental Model of Immaturity. It is essential for you to be able to make connections from the trauma in your past to your experiences now so that you can become more aware of what you are feeling, why you might be feeling it and how to express that emotion. I can help you develop tools to alleviate the pain and discomfort that your traumatic memories may carry.
In trauma therapy, you can learn healthier ways to manage your life such as, communication skills, limit setting, increased self confidence and awareness of who you are and as a result build a closer, more intimate relationship with yourself and others. With the guidance and support of Discovery & Wellness Counseling, you can identify and resolve childhood trauma, develop healthier boundaries and feel happier and experience a more balanced life.
I feel as though it will be painful to talk about my childhood, and you will judge me for my experiences
The drama, pain, shame and hurt in your life may have left you questioning who you really are and what you are worth. We only know the world through our own experiences. But you are precious, and I can help you work through pain so you can see how amazing you are. You are not alone in your fears, pains and worries. Discovery & Wellness Counseling can offer you a safe place to feel like your full self.
During trauma therapy, you are in control of what you share and how fast or as slow we progress. I offer compassion and support as you work through challenges as well as identify areas of passion and happiness in your life. If you have a physical ailment, you go to the doctor. If something emotionally-based is getting in your way, it deserves the same level of care.
Have you felt as though you are broken?
Left buried, trauma can have a lasting impact on your life. You may feel as though you are broken or damaged, but this is not the case. You might think that what you are feeling and experiencing now cannot be linked to the trauma of your past. Or, you might worry about speaking negatively about your family. The truth is that understanding how your upbringing impacted your life doesn’t mean that you don’t love or care about your family. The emotional connection you share is not being threatened in trauma therapy, and you may even find that you are now able to foster a better relationship with your family. By speaking with an experienced therapistDiscovery and Wellness Counseling, you may be surprised by what you learn about yourself, including the wealth of strength and resilience that you uncover. You are not broken, healing and relief is possible.