Losing someone you love is arguably the most difficult of human experiences. Time, unfortunately, does not heal all wounds. Working through grief is an active process that involves allowing difficult feelings to “be”. Psychotherapy can provide a designated time and space for the expression of painful feelings in the context of a supportive, caring relationship so that in time, they won’t be as overwhelming. Therapy is particularly helpful for those who have difficulty acknowledging or expressing their feelings or feel “stuck” in some way. Allowing grief fully can be a transformative expeience.
Trauma is the response to terrifying experience. Afterwards, the person who has experienced such extreme stress might feel that they are constantly on edge, fearful, reliving upsetting experiences, or are unable to live a satisfying life. Research shows that psychotherapy and mindfulness can be effective tools to manage symptoms.
In trauma work, we first create a space that feels safe to talk about traumatic experiences. You will learn ways to cope with difficult emotions and then, at your pace, we will move into discussing traumatic memories. You will have the opportunity to develop a narrative that will become a part of your life’s story rather than having the trauma define you. Finally, we will find ways for you to re-engage with life and with those around you, a crucial step in the process of healing.