Have you experienced some degree of trauma that is keeping you feeling stuck? Are you suffering in isolation, unsure of where you can go for support?
You may be feeling disconnected from the people around you, as your painful experiences make it hard to be open about your wants and needs. Perhaps, you’ve noticed a lack of deep relationships in your life, but the desire to honestly connect with others is overshadowed by the fear you’ll be judged or rejected. Maybe, you wake up each day feeling like nothing is going to change, no matter how hard you work or what you accomplish. Consequently, you struggle with anxiety and a lack of motivation that is
keeping you from participating in events and activities you used to enjoy. On top of it all, the constant cycle of hypervigilance, anger, and fear can leave you physically, emotionally, and spiritually exhausted, keeping you from ever feeling relaxed or safe.
Perhaps, you’re looking to redefine your experience and deepen your spiritual growth – but you don’t know where to turn for help. This can be especially difficult if you recently immigrated to a new country and want to work with someone who understands and values your culture and spirituality.
Do you wish you could talk to someone who can help you heal, not just physically and emotionally, but spiritually as well? Are you ready to work with someone who implements both scientifically validated approaches and ancient spiritual practices into their work so you can find meaning and personal growth in your past experiences?
Many Adults With Trauma Lack The Tools To Handle It On Their Own
The term “trauma” tends to be used loosely nowadays, making it hard for many people to know if they’re really experiencing trauma. As a result, many individuals suffer in silence, worried they’ll be judged as “weak” or “broken” if they talk about their experience. Regardless of whether your experience was a “small t” trauma (like being fired from a job or going through a divorce) or a “big T” Trauma (such as a serious accident or sexual assault), you may need help learning how to cope and get unstuck.
For immigrants in particular, degrees of trauma can come from the acculturation process. There is a very real struggle to become part of a new culture, especially if you don’t perfectly understand the language or have friends and family nearby. You can’t live up to your full potential when you’re always in survival mode. Our team has gone through the process of acculturation ourselves and has lots of insights and tips around this topic.
Despite the need for support, many people don’t look for help immediately after a traumatic event. Some are in shock, and aren’t ready to talk about their experience yet. Others don’t believe they have a serious enough issue to seek outside help. The truth is that trauma affects everyone differently, and your experience may not look the same as someone else’s. The one common thread is that trauma rarely heals on its own.
The emotional, physical, psychological, and spiritual impact of trauma can be very isolating, and many of us never learned how to recognize trauma and release it from the body in a healthy way. It’s easier to heal when you can revisit that trauma at your own pace, accompanied by a witness who can guide you and show you that you aren’t alone.
What happened to you in the past doesn’t have to affect your present or future. In processing your painful past, a trauma therapist with a spiritual focus can help you find a renewed purpose for your life to direct you forward.
Trauma Therapy with a Spiritual Focus Can Help You Find Meaning And Purpose
Deciding to reach out for help is a big step, and it shows your inner strength and resilience. You are already stronger than you think, and I can help you develop that strength, to not only heal your body and mind, but deepen your spiritual life.
My therapeutic approach involves spiritual practices as a mean to deal with traumas. These spiritual techniques are based on your values, which help foster an environment of safety and non-judgment. Spiritual practices provide a bigger picture of why the traumatic experience happened so you can learn to perceive obstacles as opportunities to trust in yourself more deeply and let go of old fears and irrational beliefs. Finding spiritual meaning in trauma allows you to gain confidence that you can manage the situation, not as a helpless victim, but as a human being given a challenge to move to a higher level in all aspects of your life.
By incorporating spiritual techniques in conjunction with traditional therapy modalities, including art therapy and play therapy, you are given the resources you need to heal all aspects of your life that were affected by the trauma: emotionally, physically, psychologically, and spiritually.
Additionally, and depending on your needs, I may incorporate Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) trauma therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) or/and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) into our work together. EMDR helps reprogram your brain’s response to the trauma, and in many cases, reduces significantly the most intense and difficult trauma symptoms, like panic attacks, lack of sleep and flashbacks. DBT combines mindfulness techniques that increase your self-awareness and connect you with your values with cognitive skills that teach you how to challenge harmful beliefs that are keeping you stuck. CBT challenges negatives thoughts to help you behave in a way that is aligned with your innermost values.
In our first session together, I will conduct a psychological evaluation to learn more about your symptoms and goals for therapy. This information will allow me to create a trauma treatment plan tailored to your needs. In our second session, we will start the process called resourcing. This is the initial stage of trauma work, where you gather tools and install positive experiences in the body, so you can access them later on when we tackle specific traumatic events. I have renamed this stage as “spiritual resourcing” because, in my experience, we can access these tools and positive experiences more powerfully through shamanic techniques, energy work, and visualizations. For me, a spiritual experience is anything that reminds you who you really are and what makes you truly joyful. If you are open to it, I will incorporate shamanic journeys to connect with sources of power that reside in your body and have gone dormant. For example, we can find a power animal that will be our guide and support for the rest of your trauma treatment. If you do not want to incorporate a spiritual component into our work together, we will instead utilize mindfulness techniques to connect with what makes you feel alive, whether that is the joy you feel while riding a motorcycle, the passion you have for cooking, or the satisfaction you get from solving Math problems.
I want you to be able to self-regulate before we begin addressing the core of the issue. Sometimes trauma memories aren’t logical—they can be fractured, and it can be scary to think back on a traumatic experience. By teaching you relaxation and awareness exercises, you can manage triggers and explore the source of trauma in a calm, peaceful way.
Depending on your self-regulation tools, we will face the traumatic events after a few sessions of resourcing, to reprocess the trauma and release it from your body. Together, we will set goals and measurable objectives so we can check in regularly to see how you’re feeling. I want to make sure that we aren’t moving too fast or too slow so you can feel comfortable and safe throughout our work together.
Having worked with trauma survivors since 2009, and having facilitated trauma therapy groups, I have had the privilege of walking alongside many people in their healing journeys. I have seen them grow from scared to thriving and strong. If you are committed to finding meaning in your experiences, there is nothing that can hold you back.
You May Have Some Concerns About Trauma Therapy…
– Is trauma therapy expensive?
Investing in yourself will help you live your fullest life. Untreated trauma can negatively impact your career, relationships, even your sleep – all of which can affect your finances. Just one hour in therapy can save you hours or productivity every week. Instead of focusing on the trauma, you can enjoy living your fullest life. I accept Medicaid and United Healthcare. I recommend you contact your insurance provider to learn more about your behavioral health benefits. I also am a provider of Circulo de Bienestar Emocional, a non-profit program that offers short term therapy, by donation, for immigrants who may not have the money or insurance to seek the help they need.
– I’ve tried trauma therapy before, but it didn’t work.
My approach is different from that of other trauma therapists. Many therapists just use EMDR or somatic therapies, but I bring in ancient techniques that our ancestors used to treat trauma. This unique approach allows me to get to the root of the issue in a holistic way that works for your life and your beliefs.
Learn How You Can Find Meaning In Your Painful Past With Trauma Treatment
If you’re ready to work with a spiritually focused trauma therapist, I invite you to call me at 720-298-9391. After you call, I will send a customized text with 2-3 questions as a basic screening, to make sure we’re a good fit. Then, I will send a link to an online portal so we can start the enrollment process. I look forward to hearing from you.