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    Trauma

    I am trauma-responsive and understand most people will experience trauma in their lifetime whether it’s an accident, the loss of a loved one, exposure to violence, natural disaster, secondary (vicarious) trauma, or abuse and/or neglect.

    While many people can recover from trauma over time with the love and support of family and friends and develop resiliency, others may discover effects of lasting trauma, which can cause a person to live with deep emotional pain, fear, confusion, or posttraumatic stress far after the event(s) has passed.

    In these circumstances, the support, guidance, and assistance of a therapist is fundamental to healing. I have spent over two decades serving communities and individuals impacted by trauma. You are not alone, and you can heal.

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    Trauma Symptoms*

    Avoidance Symptoms

    • Avoiding specific locations, sights, situations, and sounds that serve as reminders of the event
    • Anxiety, depression, numbness, or guilt

    Re-experiencing Symptoms

    • Intrusive thoughts, nightmares or flashbacks

    Hyperarousal Symptoms

    • Anger, irritability, and hypervigilance
    • Aggressive, reckless behavior, including self-harm
    • Sleep disturbances

    Negative Mood and Cognition Symptoms

    • Loss of interest in activities that were once considered enjoyable
    • Difficulty remembering details of the distressing event
    • Change in habits or behavior since the trauma

    *According to the four types of symptoms listed in the DSM-5

    Vicarious Trauma (Sometmes known as Secondary Trauma)

    Experiences such as depression, PTSD, and anxiety are common for those of us who work on the front lines. Whether you are an Essential or Health Care worker, counselor, educator, social justice worker, or work with communities that face violence and trauma, I will support you in finding meaningful self-care practices so you can heal and not only be in service to others, but to yourself.