There are endless reasons why trauma may be affecting your life today. Trauma is referred to as psychological distress following a terrible event. This event has left you scarred because, in that moment, your life felt threatened and the options for finding safety felt limited. Despite the time passed, your nervous system continues to feel threatened and you experience PTSD symptoms (e.g. nightmares, hypersensitivity, reduced capacity to tolerate stress, or withdrawal from social activities). Traumatic events happen, and you deserve the chance to recover. At Kasi Shan Therapy, my goal is to help you sort through these memories so that they do not overwhelm your present day. There are various types of PTSD.
Childhood Trauma ↓
Sexual/ Physical Abuse ↓
Motor Vehicle Accidents ↓
What can I expect from trauma therapy?
- We work at a pace that is safe and efficient. During therapy for trauma, ptsd therapist job is to continue to assess your level of distress. We work at fluctuating pace, continuing to challenge you and slow down so that your system does not feel overwhelmed.
- We review your history of childhood and adult experiences. In this manner, we become familiar with how your trauma and other influences (e.g. social environment, race, education) have shaped you.
- We create a target inventory discussing briefly the various traumatic experiences that you would like to address in counselling.
- We create a treatment plan that meets your needs and comfort.
- We focus first on safety and stabilization before starting trauma work. This means supporting you with resources and healthy coping strategies so that you feel strong enough to process traumatic memories.
- We start targeting memories using interventions from EMDR, DBT, CBT or Internal Family Systems therapy based on your specific treatment needs.
- You will know when healing is done when you’ve noticed a shift in your capacity to manage daily life (e.g. improvement in mood and relationships), and these earlier memories no longer create distress.
“Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary. The people we trust with that important talk can help us know that we are not alone.”Fred Rogers