Trauma and Abuse Counseling
Are Past Traumas Making Life Difficult Today?
- Do the ghosts of past trauma or abuse cast a shadow over your relationships?
- Do you feel guilty or ashamed about painful incidents that happened a long time ago?
- Are you living with a secret that makes it hard to feel good about yourself?
- Do you wonder why you’re still struggling with the effects of child neglect, trauma or abuse, even though it was a long time ago?
For adult trauma and abuse survivors, the on-going emotional storm can be overwhelming. It’s hard to endure the rage, fear, sadness or the nightmares and memories left over from past traumas.
For some, the abuse and its effects are obvious. There may have been physical or sexual abuse. But the effects of child neglect, psychological abuse, or emotionally abusive parents may be more subtle. Even if you don’t know or understand what really happened to you—but know something’s not right—you may desperately crave a path to healing and relief.
You’re Not Alone
If you are an adult trauma survivor, you are not alone. Every eight minutes a child is sexually assaulted, usually by someone they know. One in four girls and one in six boys are sexually abused before age 18, and 60 percent of child sexual abuse victims don’t tell anyone. There are currently 39 million sexual abuse survivors living in the United States.
As adults, abuse survivors are more likely to experience PTSD symptoms, depression, anxiety and addiction or alcoholism.
Other issues may include:
Body image issues
Self-harm, such as cutting or carving
Fear of anger – yours and others’
Thoughts of suicide
Tendency to be over-controlling or too submissive
Inability to trust yourself or others
Problems defining healthy sexuality
Problems setting and maintaining appropriate boundaries
I know these issues can be difficult to talk about, which is why so many people don’t seek help. But, the good news is that you don’t need to keep the pain bottled up. There are many resources and highly effective approaches available to help you discover the rich, happy and fulfilling life you deserve.
Trauma and Abuse Treatment Can Help You Heal And Move Forward
I believe that everyone has the capacity to heal, no matter how deep the grief or how difficult the pain. With the guidance of an experienced trauma counselor, it is possible for you to harness your inner strength and find your unique path to healing.
Whether you’re struggling with the after-effects of childhood abuse, neglect, psychological abuse or an emotionally abusive parent, I can help you understand how trauma has impacted you physically and emotionally. I can help you understand how it has disrupted your capacity to foster healthy relationships and feel grounded. Through guided trauma counseling sessions, you can reconnect with your core strengths and begin living with increased confidence, peace and balance.
During therapy sessions, I use mainstream techniques and mindfulness practices to help you relax and feel safe in the present moment. I’m trained in a variety of treatment methods, including eye movement desensitization reprocessing, known as EMDR therapy, relaxation techniques, PTSD therapy and cognitive therapies and processes. I understand that many abuse survivors have never told anyone what happened, so I will never push you to reveal more than you are comfortable with. We will work together, at a pace that works for you, to process the trauma, alleviate discomfort, and develop effective coping strategies that promote lasting healing, self-discovery, and growth.
I’ve been practicing PTSD counseling and trauma and abuse therapy since 1998. I'm trained in EMDR for PTSD treatment, along with other effective modalities and techniques to help you heal fromthe effects of trauma and abuse. My style of counseling is a reflection of my personality – warm and supportive, with a sense of humor, but also with a sense of what’s sacred. I offer a safe and compassionate space for you to explore and resolve whatever is getting in the way of the life you want.
You may still have questions about trauma and abuse therapy…
I’ve heard therapy can be expensive.
Therapy is an investment in the most valuable thing you have-- you. You deserve to feel good and have the life you want. You deserve to be free of the burden of trauma. I’m here to help you find relief from the depression, anxiety, PTSD symptoms and relationship issues that often accompany trauma and abuse.
I’m also committed to providing affordable therapy to all my clients. If your insurance doesn’t cover the sessions, we can work something out, or I can help you find a more affordable alternative.
I’m afraid therapy will make things worse.
I know that talking about trauma can be incredibly difficult. The thought of talking about your trauma may seem frightening - like it might be too painful. However, I can assure you that during trauma therapy sessions, your comfort level will always be at the forefront of our work. I will tailor your trauma and abuse treatment to move carefully, and at your pace, to help keep you from getting overwhelmed. Our overall goal for your therapy will always be to heal your pain and provide you with effective coping skills for long-term healing and wholeness.
I don’t want to talk about my trauma.
Many abuse and trauma survivors would prefer to avoid painful topics. Many even feel ashamed or responsible for what happened. I offer a non-judgmental, safe space to heal your pain and move forward. Therapy is a process, and I will never push you to talk about anything you aren’t ready to talk about. I’m here to help you resolve trauma and experience profound relief. I’ve seen many abuse and trauma survivors confront their pain and discover how strong they are and how good their lives can be.
Healing Is Possible
If you’re an adult survivor of abuse or trauma and would like to learn more about trauma and abuse counseling, I’m located in Jeffersonville, near New Albany, Clarksville, Floyds Knobs and Sellersburg, Indiana, and Louisville, Kentucky. Please call (812) 371-6330 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a free 15-minute consultation. I’m here to help.