Trauma impacts every individual differently. When your sense of safety has been threatened -- whether recently or in the distant past -- it can seem impossible to stop reliving your most painful experiences.
If you are experiencing the aftermath of traumatic events, your body and brain may seem to signal that you are in danger all the time, or that you cannot trust the people around you. By contrast, you may be disconnected and generally checked out, so that nothing fazes you. Living with these experience often makes it difficult to go about your daily life, have the relationships you want, or manage the day to day.
It takes courage to reach out and share your story with a stranger. Psychologists at J&L Psychology have the training and experience to help you examine what has happened, how you got here, and work with you to put the pieces of your life’s narrative back together.
What do we mean by trauma?
A trauma is a significant, unexpected, and negative life event that can overwhelm a person’s ability to cope. When events happen that are dangerous, disturbing, or frightening, they stress your body and mind.
A trauma can be a single life event or multiple events that build up over time. Our team often sees individuals who come to treatment to process the impact of traumatic loss, sexual assault, rape, domestic violence, or years of cumulative abuse and neglect. You may not even be aware that a traumatic experience is actually driving how you feel today. Our clinicians can help you understand if past experiences are influencing your current circumstances.
How we approach trauma treatment
We offer a multi-faceted strategy to address how past trauma is affecting you today. Evidence-based treatments can help you put the past where it belongs so you can live more fully in the present. We draw from our collective expertise and experience in cognitive-behavioral approaches to the treatment of complex trauma and PTSD.
Our treatment approach is informed by combining: a) our understanding of scientific research on trauma and the effectiveness of particular interventions; b) our clinical expertise in the field; and c) your life's experiences, current symptoms, and goals for recovery or change. We believe that tailoring the plan to you offers the best hope for relief in the short term and positive effects in the long term.
Some of the well-researched protocols we include in our evidence-based procedures for treating trauma include:
These treatments are described in greater detail on our Treatment page.
There is hope
Like with the Kintsugi vase, at J&L Psychology we work together to bond your story of distress and resilience with care, compassion, and understanding. We sensitively guide you toward discovering and creating a renewed sense of self that integrates your unique knowledge, experience, and personal strength. You need not suffer in silence any longer.
How trauma might affect you
If you’ve experienced a traumatic event, you might notice:
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.