Is the Pain Overwhelming?
You Can Take Your Life Back and Loosen Trauma's Grip
Sometimes trauma is a singular event, and more often it is experienced as a part of an ongoing set of conditions.
It could be that:
It could be that:
- you had a car accident or witnessing someone be mugged
- you experienced sexual assault or hearing about your friend's abusive relationship
- your caregivers were caught up in trying to pay the rent and put food on the table, or cope with their own experiences of trauma, and couldn't show up how you needed
- maybe they were caught in patterns of addiction or had relationship issues
- you are black or brown and your'e surviving inside of white supremacy, seeing the way state violence impacts your communities
- Maybe you're trans and you're constantly being misgendered
It makes sense that you are feeling trapped, as if on a loop. You can't move on from the difficult things that have happened to you. The grief is too much. No matter how hard you think about how you want things to be different, they stay the same. It's like your body isn't your own. You're disconnected. Maybe you feel caught in trauma's grip, your stomach in knots, dreading your day, and feeling alone and isolated. You feel like you're on guard all the time. The pain and anxiety won't stop. Maybe you're having trouble articulating what you want or standing up for yourself. You feel like it's hard to concentrate, and you're not sure what you care about. Maybe things even feel hopeless, and like a future isn't possible.
It's Not Your Fault
Traumatic experiences and conditions break safety, rupture connection, and undermine dignity.
What's read as trauma by our nervous systems is dependent on many different factors, but what we do know is that experiences of oppression and material scarcity lower our ability to be resilient in the face of trauma.
In other words, our social context creates experiences and conditions that are read as trauma to our nervous systems and otherwise impact how trauma is stored and experienced.
Trauma comes to live in our nervous systems when we experience something, that in that moment can't be integrated.
Find Relief From PTSD
Trauma healing is fundamentally about restoring choice and agency
Highly effective trauma therapy involves:
You Can Win the Battle Over Trauma
Highly Effective Trauma Therapy Involves the Body
Our trauma therapists work through the body because that's where trauma lives. We have lots of good ideas and those good ideas tend to give out under pressure. If we could think our way out of trauma, that would be amazing! And unfortunately, that's not enough. Our story or narrative of trauma is just one piece of the puzzle.
What to Expect
In somatic or body-based therapy for trauma and PTSD, we work with your nervous system to move on from the difficult things that have happened to you.
Sessions might include:
Our trauma therapists want you to have an embodied sense of safety, dignity, and belonging that allows you to take action toward what you care about.