Trauma and Abuse Counseling

Trauma and Abuse Therapy

San Jose Counseling and Psychotherapy

Unfortunately, the great majority of us experience multiple traumatic events and some type of abuse in our lifetime. Fortunately, the use of PTSD treatment in psychotherapy is a practice designed to help.

As a compassionate and caring psychotherapist, I’ll gently, kindly, patiently, engage with you and empower your healing around whatever trauma you have experienced. Here’s a summary of how.

The goal of trauma counseling is to help you to you regain your strength to meet the challenges ahead.

I have found that therapy has been a welcomed source of support for individuals throughout the process of recovery from sports and accident related trauma, marital conflict, parenting challenges, employment crisis, chronic and terminal illnesses, physical assaults, domestic violence and sexual assaults and natural disaster and violent conflict related trauma.

Quite often, various modes of trauma counseling and care are necessary to achieve optimal results. After assessing client receptivity to various therapies, we both become active participants in the development and implementation of a personal treatment plan.

Trauma and abuse counseling

I provide the ongoing psychological support most clients need to remain motivated and committed to the work necessary to heal and recover from trauma.

With my support, clients experience the synergistic effects of targeted therapies and services, and together bring about positive change. The areas I see trauma experiences from most often include the following listed below.

  • Sports and Accident Related Trauma
  • Marital Conflict
  • Parenting Challenges
  • Physical Assaults
  • Domestic Violence & Sexual Assaults
  • Employment Crisis
  • Chronic and Terminal Illnesses

I know as a psychotherapist through personal experience as an injured athlete challenged by a protracted recovery, how to surmount obstacles that prevent us from participating in sports and other activities we hold so dear.

After years of professional experience working with survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, addiction, and their family members, my practice is build upon a shared psychotherapist/client understanding of the client’s needs.

After assessment, a custom designed somatic and psychological therapy plan is created with the goal of building core strength of body and mind. Developing and applying this strength in life is the key to client recovery.

How psychotherapy helps trauma and abuse

When trauma or violence occurs, it interrupts normal growth and functioning. The sense of who we are is disrupted. We no longer experience ourselves as grounded. We might begin to suffer from debilitating symptoms. The path to healing might seem like a mountain that we do not have enough strength to climb.

People cope with trauma in many different ways. If you’ve experienced a traumatic event, you may have coped in some of the following ways: being super-alert, spacing out, eating difficulties, substance abuse, workaholism, isolation, suicide attempts, self-mutilation, and avoiding intimacy.

Because if the very nature of the problem, therapy for trauma and abuse should begin with compassion and empathy. I make a point to be gentle and kind while empower the healing that is needed to pass through the experiences.

I have found that psychotherapy has been a welcomed source of support for individuals throughout the process of recovery from trauma or abuse. With my support, clients experience the synergistic effects of targeted therapies and services, and together bring about positive change.

Surviving childhood abuse and trauma

Children survive with whatever resources they have and do the best they can. Once they reach adulthood, trauma survivors have the power to change if they choose to do so. Help and support are available. Not all coping skills are harmful. Some of the ways we use to survive may have developed into strengths to celebrate, such as:

  • Being self-sufficient
  • Sense of humor
  • Good in a crisis
  • Resiliency
  • Successful at work
  • Nurturing spirit
  • Compassionate

If there are problems you are struggling with that you want to be different, know that change is possible. Here are some basic steps to making changes:

  • Become aware of the behavior you want to change
  • Look a why that behavior developed in the first place
  • Have compassion for what you’ve done in the past
  • Find new ways to meet your needs
  • Make several tries
  • Be persistent
  • Get support

With my unique set of qualifications as a psychotherapist, I provide a unique PTSD treatment with healing and recovery from trauma that involves mind, body and spirit. I begin with an intake session to assess what treatments are best suited for you.