What is Trauma & Abuse Recovery?
Recovery from narcissistic abuse, emotional & physical harm, and dysfunctional family dynamics (Adverse Childhood Experiences) is possible. The right therapist experienced in effective, evidence-based interventions is essential to your healing. It is also important to fill your toolbox with practical ways to interrupt old behavior patterns such as DBT, Brainspotting, and EFT (see below for details). We are all wounded in different ways. Exploring your past in therapy, building a community-based support system and regular skills practice are early recovery behaviors that can lead to lasting change.
I can help you heal from trauma & abuse by working with your brain & nervous system to reprocess traumatic memories, activate the body’s relaxation response, and skills training to empower greater choice when in distress.
- Family of Origin Work is very important for anxiety & trauma. These issues frequently have roots in dysfunctional family systems, family roles & expectations. Recovery means learning healthier relationship skills and uncovering triggers that may have contributed to the development of anxiety, hypervigilance, and other dysregulated emotional responses.
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a skills-based therapy that teaches practical exercises to help you with core mindfulness, impulsivity, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and relationship effectiveness.
- Brainspotting is an integrative body-based psychotherapy approach especially designed to facilitate healing from PTSD, anxiety, and trauma.
- Emotional Freedom Technique (Tapping) is a skills-based intervention to reduce negative feelings, thoughts, and beliefs.
- Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) & Mindfulness Training helps reduce the impact of anxiety. Mindfulness is an important tool when in treatment for anxiety & mental health concerns. It helps you connect with yourself which strengthens inner awareness, the ability to observe your thoughts & behaviors, and builds resilience.
- Essential wellness activities including regular exercise, a nutrient-dense diet, stress management, mindfulness and/or spiritual practices, journaling, building supportive connections, and play.