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Trauma and EMDR

Depression and Anxiety

Trauma-informed psychotherapy with adults and adolescents

Trauma is typically defined by our response to overwhelming experiences rather than the events themselves. There is a wide range of distressing events that can cause trauma, even “common" childhood experiences such as divorce, separation, and loss can be experienced as real danger. When distressing events occur, the nervous system responds by activating the fight, flight, or freeze instincts to help us survive. But when the distress remains after the disturbing event has passed, we may experience the symptoms of post-traumatic stress. Sensations, emotions and thoughts from the event may continue on in the present, leaving one feeling overwhelmed or paralyzed. Trauma can negatively impact overall health, emotional wellbeing, and interpersonal relationships.  

Being a trauma-informed therapist means considering the possibility of underlying trauma in any mental health issues, and addressing those with safety and sensitivity. 

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Symptoms that benefit from a trauma-informed approach:

  • Anxiety and Depression 

  • OCD, Bipolar and other diagnoses

  • Borderline Personality traits

  • Addictive behaviors 

  • Hyper alert or on guard, jumpy or "on edge" 

  • Irritability, anger outbursts 

  • Felling numb, disconnected from self or others

  • Feelings of guilt or shame and low self-esteem

  • Lack of motivation or concentration

  • Feeling stuck and confused about how to move forward

  • Difficulties in relationships


Symptoms can indicate ways that past trauma intrudes in present day life. Finding meaning in what is and what has been can lead to discovering new ways to create real life changes. Together we can explore new ways to manage your particular life stressors. 

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