Trauma Counseling

Understanding Trauma

Embarking on the path of trauma counseling can feel like a blend of apprehension and empowerment. It’s a journey that holds the potential to deepen your self-awareness, reclaim your agency, and foster resilience amidst life’s challenges. At its core, trauma therapy aims to help you navigate your emotions, cultivate healthier relationships, and nurture a more positive self-image.

In the realm of psychology, the concept of trauma continues to evolve alongside our understanding of the brain’s intricate workings. Renowned psychiatrist Bessel Van Der Kolk offers a poignant definition: trauma as an event that overwhelms the central nervous system, leaving an enduring imprint on our memories and perceptions. It’s not merely a recounting of past events but rather the visceral echo of pain, fear, and anguish reverberating within us. This perspective reminds us that trauma can stem from both what happened and what was absent, shaping our present experiences based on how our nervous system responds in the present moment.

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Approach to Trauma Counseling

In my practice, I employ a multifaceted approach to trauma counseling, drawing from various therapeutic modalities to tailor treatment to your unique needs. I start by grounding our work in modern psychodynamic theory, prioritizing interpersonal processing to foster a foundation of trust and safety. Additionally, I integrate elements of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and somatic-based interventions to equip you with effective coping skills for navigating distressing emotions. For trauma processing and memory reconsolidation, I leverage the Comprehensive Resource Model, a powerful framework that facilitates healing on multiple levels.

Furthermore, my practice operates from an anti-oppressive lens, acknowledging the impact of systemic discrimination on individuals with marginalized identities. I am committed to creating a space that honors your experiences and respects your autonomy throughout the therapeutic journey

Credentials and Expertise

With a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Northwestern University, I bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to my practice. Northwestern’s trauma-responsive curriculum equipped me with the skills to address trauma within a therapeutic context, grounded in neurocounseling microskills and contemporary psychodynamic theory. Under the mentorship of seasoned clinicians, I gained invaluable experience in treating trauma and dissociative disorders, laying the groundwork for my approach to trauma counseling.

Furthermore, I have pursued extensive training and professional development opportunities in trauma counseling, learning from leading experts such as Janina Fisher, Dan Siegel, and Bruce Perry. As a level II certified clinical trauma professional, I am dedicated to providing high-quality, evidence-based care to individuals navigating trauma-related challenges

The Journey of Trauma Counseling

Trauma counseling is a nuanced and multifaceted process that unfolds in distinct stages. It begins with building rapport and establishing trust within the therapeutic relationship, laying the groundwork for deeper exploration and healing. In the initial phase of treatment, our focus is on stabilization and developing coping strategies to manage distressing symptoms.

As therapy progresses, we delve into the processing of traumatic memories, navigating moments of emotional intensity with compassion and care. This phase may require pacing and flexibility, honoring your unique pace and emotional readiness. Ultimately, our goal is integration—a journey towards reclaiming a sense of well-being, cultivating resilience, and fostering meaningful connections in your life

Benefits of Trauma Counseling

Embarking on trauma counseling offers a pathway to profound transformation and healing. By creating safety within your mind and body, learning to manage triggers, and developing healthy coping skills, you can experience a significant reduction in traumatic stress symptoms. Through dedicated therapeutic work, you can reclaim your narrative, cultivate resilience, and embark on a journey towards greater well-being and fulfillment.

Your healing journey is unique, and I am here to accompany you every step of the way. Whether you’re grappling with PTSD, complex trauma, dissociative disorders, or acute stressors, I offer a compassionate and affirming space for your healing and growth. Together, we’ll navigate the complexities of trauma, honor your experiences, and empower you to reclaim your sense of agency and vitality

“Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think”

— Christopher Robin from Winnie the Pooh

Available mental health resources


Burnout by Emily Nagoski, PhD and Amelia Nagoski, DMA


Dignity by Donna Hicks, PhD


Real Self-Care by Pooja Lakshmin, MD


Fair Play by Eve Rodsky

Similar Services

Trauma Counseling:

Engaging in trauma therapy can help you better understand and cope with your emotions, feel like you have more agency in your life, reduce stress levels, improve interpersonal relationships, and develop a positive sense of self.

Stress Management:

Stress management skills are designed to help a person take control of their lifestyle, thoughts, and emotions and teach them healthy ways to cope with their problems.


Depression and Anxiety:

Recovering from depression and anxiety involves acknowledging personal struggles, seeking support, and gradually rediscovering inner strength and resilience for a brighter future through multiple therapeutic approaches such as DBT and CBT.


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