Working with Trauma and Its Aftermath


Do any of these questions sound familiar:

  • “Why does this memory still haunt me?”

  • "How can someone who said they loved me treat me this way?"

  • "Will I ever be able to trust again?"

Along with these questions, you may be dealing with anxiety, nightmares, or anger and resentment over what happened. You may want nothing more than for life to return to normal. Yet you feel stuck and unsure how to move forward.

I help people heal from traumatic experiences. Trauma can lead to confusion, rage, guilt, sadness, shame, anxiety, and an assortment of other difficult emotions. Or it can leave us feeling numb or depressed. Additionally, trauma experienced in relationships with loved ones is often kept secret, leaving victims isolated or lonely in dealing with the pain.

What is trauma and what are some symptoms of trauma?

Trauma can occur when something happens that overwhelms our emotions or threatens our life, body or sanity. The event could be a terrible accident, neglect or abuse (emotional, physical or sexual) experienced as a child, an abusive relationship during adulthood, or infidelity or other betrayal.

You may recognize some symptoms of trauma:

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Irritability

  • Substance abuse

  • Eating disorders

  • Self-destructive behaviors

  • Self-hatred

  • Decreased concentration

  • Hypervigilance

  • Flashbacks

How therapy can help trauma victims

At Embark Counseling, I honor the mind-body connection and explore emotions, thoughts, and physical sensations because all three send us critical information on the path to healing.  I am trained in EMDR and Level 1 certified in iRest, two evidence-based methods for working with trauma. I have also completed 200 hours of hatha yoga training and am a devoted yoga practitioner, which can be a beneficial practice to those who are suffering.

I work with adults ages 18 and up, and I believe my clients should always set the agenda and the pace of counseling.

That said, trauma counseling often includes:

  • Education about trauma and how it affects us

  • Processing and releasing difficult emotions relating to a traumatic experience

  • Identifying and working with triggers

  • Helping partners and loved ones understand your experience and emotions

  • Learning to live with greater joy, spontaneity and creativity

  • Moving toward greater self-care and self-compassion

Here are some books I love and recommend: