“Only the phoenix rises and does not descend. And everything changes. And nothing is truly lost.” Neil Gaiman
'I haven't experienced any trauma Carol...'
The word trauma can bring to mind images of accidents, violence, combat and/or natural disasters. While it definitely defines these incidents, its official definition is 'a deeply distressing or disturbing event'.
Trauma is better understood as a response to specific events whether they are a magnified happenstance or series of smaller repetitive injuries that have left an indelible mark.
Trauma affects everyone.
Trauma can be considered acute, chronic, complex or passed on generationally. Whether experienced as a one time event, repeated or complex trauma history; the hardest part of the recovery struggle is having to overcome the disorienting way trauma affects the individual. It is an assault on one's sense of self-efficacy narrowing their lens and limiting one's view of self and their role in their world. It takes time to come to terms with what has happened and to figure out how to live with the outcomes...to create oneself a new reality.
To heal from trauma, one needs understanding, compassion and empathy. An ally that will be present while you find your equilibrium and provide you a validating witness on your road to healing.
As your therapist, I promise I will listen as your process your pain and sit with you as you grapple with the vulnerable nature of your humanity. I will bring interventions that will ground and heal your system and I will rejoice at each one of your victories. Here's an opportunity to turn misfortune into a springboard for growth and transforming your experience(s) into something meaningful.
Will you permit me to join you as you discover internal resources and resilience you may have overlooked?
I can be reached at 818-583-7105
"Life cracks us into unrecognizable shards of former incarnations. Slivers of our hurt and our pain and our shame nestles next to fragments of our truth, our divinity, our fierce reclamation of power. It is this very brokenness that allows us to knit together, kaleidoscope style. And we spin and shift and turn to the light until we appear brilliant, lit from within. Suddenly we are revealed; unexpected beauty born directly from brokenness. We have to be willing to break in order to become.”