Therapy for Trauma
Trauma is a pervasive and almost universal human experience. Trauma occurs from events which cause an overwhelming amount of stress that exceeds our ability to cope. This stress can then manifest in various ways over time such as: flashbacks, intrusive thoughts, difficulties with concentration, worry, changes in mood, dissociation and many more. Trauma can come in all shapes and sizes. It may be something that happened once, or could be an ongoing occurrence. Trauma can affect people of every age, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and geographic location. Therapy for trauma involves working through these past experiences in order to identify and change old coping patterns that may no longer serve you. This process promotes healthy healing as well as an improved quality of life and sense of self.
Trauma can look and feel like...
-Decreased sense of self worth
-Fear of abandonment
-Putting other people’s needs ahead of your own
-Persistent sense of shame
-Not being able to handle conflict
-Difficulties standing up for yourself and setting boundaries
-Resistant to positive change
-Decreased focus/ability to concentrate
Therapy for trauma can help with...
-An empowered sense of self dignity and agency
-Ability to create and maintain healthy boundaries
-Awareness of trauma responses and trauma shields
-Increased sense of safety (physical and psychological)
-Enhanced belongingness and connection
-Foster and developement of trauma resistant skills
“Visiting your trauma is important, but what’s more important is to be here and to be fully alive right now.” – Dr. Bessel van der Kolk
Kathryn McNiel (she/her)
250 North Green Bay Road, Neenah, WI 54956