Therapy for Trauma
When painful past experiences are interfering with life today, a trauma therapist can help.
After a painful experience, most of us just want to move forward and get on with our lives. Unfortunately, we often find that our minds and our bodies aren’t cooperating with that plan. Unwanted memories, fear and dread, and a constant state of vigilance are just some of the challenges people typically experience after a traumatic event. And they can make it difficult to be present in our personal and professional lives. Fortunately, therapy for trauma can help.
It’s not your fault that you experienced a trauma. And you deserve support to heal.
Did you know that feelings of guilt and self-blame are some of the most common symptoms people experience after a traumatic event? It’s true. And those feelings often keep us from seeking out the care and support we need to heal.
Sadly, when it comes to trauma, time doesn’t heal all wounds. Traumatic memories are actually stored differently in our brains and our bodies. That means a traumatic event that happened when you were a kid can feel just as real and painful as if it happened yesterday.
If you’ve been living with the aftermath of trauma for months, years, or even decades, it can be hard to believe that things could be different. But trauma is very much treatable. A trained trauma therapist can help guide you towards recovery. With the right support, painful past experiences don’t have to derail your peace of mind, your relationships, or your life.
What is trauma anyway?
Traumatic experiences are events that threaten our sense of safety and security in the world. They can be a one time event, such as experiencing a car accident or a natural disaster. They might also be ongoing, such as domestic violence or childhood abuse. Our risk of psychological injury increases with the more traumatic events we experience. Events that occur in childhood can be particularly impactful.
While some events, such as experiencing a violent assault, are more easily recognizable as traumatic, others may be less obvious. Experiences of emotional abuse or neglect, for example, are often not recognized as traumatic. But they can have profound impacts on our sense of self and our relationships with others as adults.
Trauma may be passed down to children from traumatized adults in their life, which is often referred to as generational trauma. Survivors of war, colonization, interpersonal violence, and poverty are more vulnerable to the impact of generational trauma. Racism, sexism, homophobia, and other experiences of discrimination can also have a cumulative traumatic impact on individuals, families, and communities over time.
What to Expect from Trauma Therapy at Stella Nova
Every Stella Nova therapist has been trained in trauma-informed approaches to therapy. Some of us have additional, specialized training or certification in trauma therapies, including the treatment of PTSD and C-PTSD.
At Stella Nova, you’re in the driver’s seat when it comes to healing after trauma. With support and guidance from your therapist, you’ll get to define your goals and decide the pacing of the work we do together. We don’t pressure clients to share things they don’t want to, or before they’re ready. But with your consent, we may offer some gentle encouragement to get outside your comfort zone at times.
Trauma therapy can help you:
- Eliminate intrusive memories, nightmares, and flashbacks of an event
- Regulate your emotional response to trauma triggers
- Stop avoiding people, places, or situations
- Learn skills to improve relationships impacted by trauma
- Feel more comfortable and secure in your body
- Build or regain trust in your own perceptions, feelings, and instincts
- Make sense of traumatic experiences so that you can move forward
Find a Trauma Therapist Near You
Our therapists have current openings and are ready to connect with new clients. Schedule a free, 20-minute phone consultation today, and meet your new therapist within a week!
Therapy for Trauma & More Online Throughout California
At Stella Nova, we offer therapy for a wide range of mental health concerns, including depression, anxiety, burnout & work stress, relationship issues, chronic pain, and more. Our clinic specializes in the mental health needs of women and nonbinary professionals, and we treat individuals age 18+ as well as couples of all genders and sexual orientations.
If you’re interested in learning more about what we offer, or getting matched with a great-fit therapist, you can schedule a free 20-minute consultation with our intake specialist, Amber. During your call, she’ll get to know a little bit about your goals for therapy. Then, she’ll use that information to set you up with a therapist who is a great match for your preferences and needs. There’s no obligation to continue. We’re always happy to offer outside referrals if you decide we’re not the right folks to help.
We are currently seeing clients throughout California via our secure video platform. We also are available for in-person therapy at our San Francisco office, located in Lower Pacific Heights. Keep an eye out for a new Los Angeles location coming late 2022-early 2023!