Fire can warm or consume, water can quench or drown, wind can caress or cut. And so it is with human relationships: we can both create and destroy, nurture and terrorize, traumatize and heal each other.
Bruce D. Perry
Traumatic events come in many different forms and two people can experience the same event in drastically different ways. Trauma can disrupt our emotions, thoughts, physiology, spirituality, and relationships. Because we are all different, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to the treatment of trauma. Together we will learn how trauma has affected you and form a plan to help you heal.
An Experienced Trauma Treatment Counselor
Many of the people I work with have experienced a major traumatic event (e.g., a sexual assault), and I also help address issues related to a series of traumas, such as ongoing childhood abuse. Thankfully more and more information is becoming available about how to effectively treat trauma, and I draw upon several modalities to help those in my care. Examples include cognitive-behavioral treatments, interpersonal neurobiology, EMDR, and attachment theory.
Postdoctoral Training in Trauma Treatment
After completing my doctoral studies, I completed a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship in child and adolescent trauma at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. During that time, I helped children, adults, and families from diverse backgrounds regain ownership of their lives. Since completing this program I have treated hundreds of children in the foster care system, children and adults who were adopted, adults with histories of interpersonal violence, and have completed disability evaluations for military veterans suffering from PTSD.
Trauma Treatment in Austin, Texas
More recently I became affiliated with Central Texas Attachment and Trauma Center (CTATC), which allowed me to join a team of like-mind professionals in addressing issues related to early childhood trauma, adoption, and relationship-based trauma. The therapists on the CTATC team have varying areas of specialization, and we are able to benefit from one another’s diverse training to provide highly specialized care.
See CTATC’s website for more details
Resources For Those Who Have Experienced Trauma
After experiencing a traumatic event, many experience changes within themselves that are very confusing. Becoming informed about common reactions to trauma can help you realize realize you are not alone. To help you understand your experience more, I have included several websites that provide potentially helpful information: