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Trauma Therapy

It hurts so much, and I can’t stop the pain.

No matter how hard I try, I can’t move on.

It’s been long enough, I should be better. Right?

What is Trauma?

Trauma, as defined by Webster’s Dictionary, is a deeply distressing or disturbing experience or a physical injury.

Often we experience things in our lives and think we just have to “deal” with the trauma on our own. We think eventually this pain or these feelings go away. This is further from the truth than you may know. Because trauma won’t just “go away.’

Because it is thought of as an emotional or mental incident, many believe it is mostly a mental injury. However, any type of physical injury can and should be included. Some of the most obvious would be sexual or physical abuse. Trauma is experienced by those who are permanently disabled and life-altering.

Common Symptoms of Trauma

After experiencing trauma, many of us will have different responses. During my time as a trauma therapist, some common symptoms I have seen in my clients are:
  • Panic attacks
  • Anxiety attacks
  • Insomnia
  • Flashbacks
  • Somatic complaints
  • Frequent nightmares
  • Self-imposed isolation
  • Strong reactivity to events or circumstances
  • Unwarranted guilt or remorse
  • Frightened by physical touch

If you would like to explore other common signs or symptoms of trauma, check out this quick article/guide that can help you learn more.

Trauma doesn’t limit itself to a single incident.

We can experience multiple repetitions and become much more impacted. As a result, we must effectively resolve and reverse its effects. Traumatic occurrences must be treated along with connecting the links between them.

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What We Have Learned From Trauma Therapy

The growing field of interpersonal neurobiology has taught us many things. We know that our brains run on autopilot, not allowing us to fully see our reactivity. This, as we know, is out of proportion to reality. So, the goal in treating trauma would be to help emotional regulation. This gives clients the ability to have a choice in responding to tough situations. By doing so clients, develop a voice in determining boundaries, rules, and expectations.

Developments From Trauma Therapy

It is now believed that the human brain can change. Newly discovered brain plasticity has led to many new treatments for clients. Previously, we knew that the past had a hold over us. Our new discovery is that proper intervention can help brain plasticity. This means that we are more likely to grow and heal from our trauma. At the very least, explaining this to clients opens the door to hope and opportunity.

My approach to trauma therapy in New York

After providing trauma therapy for over 3o years in my practice, I want to reassure you “there is hope.” I have seen people who have made shifts in their lives, they never thought they could make!
In trauma therapy, I start by tracing the client’s experience with trauma back to where it started. This can be challenging, but ultimately rewarding. Some memories are so well defended against. Imagine a Rubik’s cube. It takes a variety of attempts to unlock to match up the colors and uncover those traumatic places. Once they are uncovered in a safe environment, they can be released from the body in ways that are very gentle. Using phrases that are related to our traumas, can release them from our bodies. The key is to feel assured that there is no judgment and scrutiny. Because we hold our traumas in the energy centers of our body, this can feel alleviating. Naming them and waking them up from their source is healing. The therapist gives the client the possibility to go to these places with awareness and calm. Trauma is not only about remembering. It is about self-regulation to turn down intense reactions in the body.

Why This Trauma Treatment Works

When our body/mind learns not to just react, so many things change in our lives. Trauma therapy can really change our life. Our relationships become more realistic. We can pursue our goals with more purpose. Our sleep feels more restful. We exercise more and eat better. Often, we become more intentional about looking for learning experiences. Altogether, our choices are much more plentiful.

My Work as a Trauma Therapist

As an AIT Certified Therapist (Advanced Integrative Therapy), I work with the negative energy from the trauma stored in the various Energy Centers of the body. When moving it out of the body, it changes thoughts and emotions. AIT uses a variety of protocols to resolve the thoughts and emotions by identifying the sources. In addition, this method seeks to resolve negative core beliefs replacing it with positive beliefs. Therefore, this is one-way trauma counseling can help.

I Can Help You Heal

If you are currently or have experienced any type of trauma, I encourage you to reach out today and start your journey of healing and replacing the negative effects with positive thoughts and actions to move forward in your life.


Begin Trauma Therapy in Forest Hills, New York

Trying to move on from what happened has proven to be a difficult task. You’ve tried, but it’s more difficult than you imagined it would be. Luckily, I’m here to help yo navigate trauma therapy. When you’re ready to begin your journey with trauma therapy, follow these steps:

  1. Send me a message to set up an appointment.
  2. Get to know me as your new trauma therapist.
  3. Begin recovering from your past and looking forward to the future.

Other Counseling Services Provided in New York

Life can be complicated and unexpected, to say the least. We often find ourselves dealing with issues we never imaged we would. Fortunately, I can help by providing many services through online therapy. Currently, I am not seeing clients in my Forest Hills counseling clinic.  As a counselor, I can provide counseling to individuals and couples. I am trained in providing trauma therapy and grief counseling. In addition, I use a unique approach when providing my clients with counseling for stress. Regardless of what you’re going through, I can provide you the support you need.