What is Trauma?

Trauma is defined as a deeply distressing or disturbing experience that can cause psychological injury or pain. Trauma can look different for every person. Some examples are...

  • loss of a loved one

  • loss of a job

  • bullying

  • physical/ sexual/ emotional abuse

  • witnessing or being involved in a scary event

  •  moving

  • medical diagnosis 

  • accident

  • ending of a relationship

    3 Main Types of Trauma:

  • Acute trauma: results from a single incident

  • Chronic trauma: repeated and prolonged such as domestic violence or abuse

  • Complex trauma:  exposure to varied and multiple traumatic events

After experiencing trauma, one can start to develop physical and emotional responses to it. 

If you are struggling with trauma, it’s important for you to know it is not your fault.


Your life has changed and it may have altered how you view the world. You may feel alone and unsure who to talk or turn to.


You may feel as though you have lost everything. You may feel empty, confused, scared and not sure how to begin the process to heal.

It’s okay to not have all the answers right now, but I want you to know that you can feel better.

I am a Certified Trauma Professional therapist with special training  in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy which is a type of talk therapy especially designed to identify the thoughts and feelings associated with the traumatic event(s).


I am trained to work with both children and adults through helping educate and develop coping skills.

Sessions focused on trauma include:

  1. Giving you space to be present and open

  2. Helping you build awareness

  3. Helping you regulate emotions

  4. Helping you ground yourself and reduce dissociation

  5. Helping you set boundaries

  6. Helping you build skills and tools to move forward

When you work with me, I will first teach you how to manage the emotions associated with trauma that might be causing distress in your life. 

You will learn coping skills to manage the emotions associated with the your trauma so that you can process it and 

 start feeling better. 

I will give you the tools to process your trauma in a safe environment and Empower you towards finding the Healing you deserve. 

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