Expand your capacity to enjoy, rather than endure, life.`` – Peter Levine

Are The After Effects Of Trauma Impacting Your Ability To Feel Well And Function With Ease?

Are you struggling with the after effects of trauma? Do you often feel either anxious and on edge or lethargic and foggy? Perhaps you vacillate between the two. Are you experiencing physical discomforts such as insomnia, digestion problems, a racing heartbeat or tingling in your arms or legs? Maybe the trauma has left you struggling to connect with or trust others, which is impacting your relationships. Or perhaps you feel unable to use your voice, set and maintain healthy boundaries or properly care for yourself. Do you often feel shame and guilt or suffer from self-doubt and low self-esteem? Have you turned to drugs or alcohol to numb out or cope with stress and pain? Have you tried talk therapy in the past, but still feel consumed with uncertainty, fear or feelings of depression or anxiety? Do you wish you could find a way to process trauma, work through anxious, heavy feelings and feel balanced, calm and able to handle your world?

Dealing with the after effects of trauma can be an isolating, confusing and even seemingly helpless experience. You may feel unmotivated or lethargic one moment, only to feel highly charged and emotionally heightened the next. It may feel difficult to connect with people in your life, especially if you often feel irritable or isolated. Maybe it seems that your loved ones don’t understand what you’re going through. Furthermore, intrusive thoughts, memories of the trauma or anxious feelings might make it hard to stay present with the people around you and focus on tasks at hand. Work, relationship, family life and self-esteem issues may have you feeling overwhelmed and unsure if relief is possible.

Trauma Is Extremely Common In Our Culture

Trauma occurs every day, and very few of us make it through life without being affected by a situation or event that causes us to question our safety and general wellbeing. Some people experience developmental trauma in childhood through abuse or neglect. Growing up in volatile environments, where parents were unavailable or harsh, can impact our ability to feel secure in adult relationships, set and maintain healthy boundaries and have a solid sense of self.

People also experience situational trauma through significant events, such as accidents, combat, sexual assaults and natural disasters, which can lead to persistent feelings of fear and unsafety. And, whether developmental or situational, ongoing or unresolved trauma can lead to complex trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Trauma also comes in smaller, less dramatic forms. Incidents like a parents’ divorce or falling off a bike can create trauma. Trauma affects everyone differently, and what is highly traumatic for one person may not impact another as severely. Essentially, trauma is tied to perception and generally occurs following a threatening situation that happened suddenly, in which we felt overwhelmed and helpless to protect others or ourselves.

When presented with an ominous situation, the body goes into fight/flight so we can protect ourselves. When we’re unable to fight or flee, the body freezes. When the energy we create to protect ourselves is not expended through running or fighting back, it gets stuck in the body, which leads to the experience of trauma. Trauma needs to be discharged somatically, which is why talk therapy alone rarely helps to process trauma fully and produce long-term, sustainable healing.

The good news is that somatic therapy has been proven to be highly effective in treating trauma. With the right approach, the help and support of an experienced and compassionate trauma therapist and a willingness to engage in the somatic therapy process, it is possible for you to heal from trauma and experience more calm, balance and joy in your life.

Trauma Therapy Can Help You Discharge Trauma And Experience Sustainable Relief

In safe, confidential and nonjudgmental trauma counseling sessions, I can help you let go of the past and feel into the present moment. When you cultivate an awareness of the mind, it becomes possible to witness and feel the body—where your trauma is stored—in present time. When both the mind and body are present and you know you are safe in the moment, you can begin to discharge and resolve trauma naturally and with more ease.

In initial sessions, as we build a trusting, safe relationship, we’ll work on accessing your nervous system, increasing your resiliency and building your capacity to heal. Once you begin feeling stronger and have a better understanding of your trauma, I’ll tailor-create a trauma treatment approach that best supports your needs, history, personality and therapy goals. Using Peter Levine’s, author of Waking the Tiger: Healing the Trauma, Somatic Experiencing (SE) approach ­– as well as other proven, effective trauma therapy and ptsd treatment techniques – we can work together to discharge trauma bit by bit, taking it slowly at first and increasing the work as you continue to build tolerance and capacity. In sessions, we’ll rarely work with a storyline. Rather, we’ll focus on emotions and the sensations that come through the body.

In addition, we can utilize healing touch and energy work through the meridian system, as well as mindfulness exercises. I can assess where energy is blocked in your system and provide you with the tools to open those areas and keep them open. We may also apply shamanic techniques and other somatic therapy approaches to help you heal from vicarious or intergenerational trauma.

With the guidance and support of an experienced trauma therapist, the right healing approach for you and the willingness to engage in the work, it is possible to let go of trauma. You are so much stronger than you might now believe, and trauma counseling can help you feel more embodied and empowered. I firmly believe that we are all inherently healthy and have the capacity to heal. I can offer a safe space and provide you with tools, support and direction as you process your trauma and move forward into a calm, balanced and empowered life.

You Still May Have Questions Or Concerns About Trauma And Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Therapy…

 I’m afraid that I’ll have to talk about the traumatic experience and, in doing so, I’ll feel even worse.

In trauma therapy sessions, you do not have to share the details of your trauma—unless you decide to. We do not need a storyline for this work to be successful. The work is body-based, thus releasing trauma from the body where it is stored. We’ll also take sessions at a pace that feels comfortable for you.

I’ve heard that treatment for trauma is expensive and can take a long time.

I strongly encourage you to consider trauma therapy as an investment in your current and future wellbeing. The after effects of trauma can impact every aspect of life, and trauma—especially PTSD— is unlikely to resolve on its own. The length of time spent in therapy truly depends on the severity of the trauma and how open and willing you are to engage in the healing process. If money is an issue, we can discuss how to make sessions affordable for you. Healing is possible, and you can have a balanced, productive and healthy life.

I tried therapy in the past and it didn’t help. How will working with you be different?

I believe that we all have the innate capacity to heal and that there are many paths to healing. Healing from trauma is a unique experience, and feeling safe with your trauma therapist is a key piece of the healing process. With trauma, you also need an approach that is body-based. While talk therapy can help, it rarely resolves trauma completely. In initial sessions, we can discuss what didn’t work in the past and develop a trauma treatment approach that works for you.

You Can Feel Happy And Whole

You don’t have to navigate this challenging time on your own. If you are in Boulder, CO or the surrounding area, please call me at 303-489-8432 for a free 30-minute initial phone consultation. I’m happy to discuss your specific needs and situation and answer any questions you have about trauma therapy, PTSD therapy, somatic healing and my practice.

 

I customize a therapeutic approach that best supports and addresses each of my client’s specific history, personality, needs and therapy goals. With this support and guidance, the right approach for you and a willingness to engage with curiosity and a commitment to the therapy process, I can help you develop capacity to enjoy your life rather than endure it.

— Shanly Weber

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