The impact of this kind of trauma on a person’s life is far-reaching and effects most, if not all, areas of their development, for example, their ability to esteem themselves and to trust others. Many struggle with depression and/or anxiety. Some have even attempted or considered suicide. These individuals may try to assuage their fears and stop their painful or destructive thoughts through drugs, alcohol, sex or isolation. Sometimes they become workaholics or perfectionists. Despite what has happened to them, they can learn to overcome these experiences and become survivors who thrive, rather than victims who are doomed to failure, hurt, disappointment or further abuse.
I work to reduce the effects of abuse in the lives of these individuals by helping them develop healthier ways to see the world and themselves. My desire is to assist clients in creating or enhancing the ways that they calm and protect themselves, and teach them skills with which to live proactively. This includes helping them assert themselves in relationships, at their jobs and in the world, in effective ways. I use traditional talk therapy as well as behavior modification techniques, such as relaxation exercises, journaling and art therapy, to assist clients in overcoming trauma and creating a more positive, healthier and fulfilling life.