- Unwanted memories
- Disturbing and upsetting thoughts about yourself, others, and the world
- Feeling "jumpy" and having physical responses to perceived threat
- Avoiding things that bring up memories of the trauma
- Isolating yourself from loved ones
- A lack of enjoyment in life
- Irritability, with a tendency to snap at loved ones, or go from “0-100”
- Sleep problems
- Risky behaviors (substance use, unsafe sex practices, self-injury)
Many of these reactions to traumatic events are not unusual, especially right after the experience. Most will resolve on their own over a short time. But if the symptoms start long after the event itself, or if they linger for a few months or longer, you could be living with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or complex trauma.
No matter how long you have been living with the aftermath of trauma, our team will help you make sense of your experiences and develop a plan for healing.
Individual psychotherapy provides a consistent, safe one-on-one space in which to explore your most personal experiences and work toward your unique goals.
In individual sessions with your therapist, you may discover patterns that are keeping you from moving forward, experiencing happiness or fulfillment, or even finding a sense of purpose.
Identifying and working through your most painful experiences in individual treatment opens avenues for change and can create a lasting impact on your sense of self, daily life, and important relationships.
How we approach individual therapy
Psychologists at J&L Psychology conduct individually tailored evidence-based therapy with individuals of all ages from diverse ethnic, racial, gender, and developmental backgrounds.
During initial sessions, all J&L therapists aim to develop trust and create an open, nonjudgmental space where you can share your life story. During the intake and treatment planning sessions, we partner with you to determine which type of therapeutic intervention(s) (e.g. Emotionally Focused, CBT, or psychodynamic therapy) fits your specific goals and needs.
(After collaborating to discuss your treatment goals, we will craft an individually tailored treatment plan that aligns with your unique perspective, background, and needs.)
Once you and your therapist have determined the best approach for treatment, you will begin working toward changing yourself and your life through individual appointments with your therapist. The frequency of sessions and length of treatment is determined based on your unique presentation.
In individual therapy, we aim to help you expand the areas of your life and parts of yourself that are working for you while changing the things that keep you stuck, alone, or unhappy. In working with one of our trusted, safe therapist on an individual basis, you will have the chance to explore how your unique life history relates to your current concerns and learn new ways of overcoming obstacles and challenges.
If you feel broken, fragmented, or damaged, individual therapy can help you put the pieces back together and create an even stronger, more resilient version of your true self. (Is this description too harsh for people who are looking for help in day-to-day living?? - Maybe delete this?? - HS
Emily response - maybe we should move this to trauma specialty page instead?)
How do I know what’s wrong with me?
Often, these experiences might be related to trauma.
Seeking individual therapy is often the most important first step toward determining what is leading you to feel these ways and learning what you can do to feel better.