Trauma affects your whole life. Sometimes the impacts are obvious and debilitating, leading to failed relationships, isolation, and an underdeveloped professional life. Trauma can also affect you in less apparent ways that take the glimmer off an apparently fantastic life.
I would like to join you in acknowledging how the past has affected your present and charting a course to healing that works for you. You may wish to talk about particular pains from the past and you may wish to focus on the future. We will work together to find the balance that is right for you, so that you can live the life that you really want to live.
A trauma-informed approach underlies all of my work as a therapist. I know that many clients come to therapy not specifically because of trauma, but because they feel lonely or inadequate, they are depressed or anxious, or just cannot seem to have the intimacy they crave. Sometimes acknowledging trauma(s) comes later in the therapy work and that is okay. Just know that I trust that you will talk about it when you are ready. I am prepared to hold stories that you fear are too horrifying, too disgusting to burden another with. If you would like to know more about my approach to understanding the effects of trauma, please read this brief post about the Vat of Acid.