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Trauma therapy in Montclair, NJ
"I no longer want my past to weight me down."

Two Thirds of children report at least 1 traumatic event by age 16.

 

1 in 7 children have experienced abuse or neglect.

 

83% of LGBTQ+ members have had at least 1 adverse childhood experience.

 

Trauma can be defined as a whole-body response to an overwhelming experience that led to emotional and physiological activation that at the time of occurrence was unable to be emotionally processed and discharged from the body. These unprocessed emotions and their physiological impulses become stuck within our nervous system along with the often limiting or self-shaming beliefs we infer from the experience.

 

In childhood this often occurs because our caregiver wasn't available (intentionally or incidentally) to scaffold our experience, helping soothe and make sense of our feelings in relation to what occurred in a safe, attuned manner. It can even be the caregiver themselves who caused the overwhelming traumatic experience!

The effects of trauma can have long-lasting impacts on how we cope with and navigate through situations where similar experiences, dynamics, or feelings arise. It affects our sense of self, relationships with others, and security in authentically existing in the world.

How Can Attachment-Informed Therapy Help Health Trauma?

Attachment-informed therapy takes the above into consideration. It is connection and relationship with a safe enough, 

attuned enough other where trauma can be discharged from the body and resolved. I believe that therapy is meant to be experiential, collaborative, and exploratory in nature. Integrating relational neuroscience (attachment-neuroscience), emotionally-focused therapy, and somatic understanding of the mind-body connection, we will work to process the body memories and emotional memories that were stored as fragments within your nervous system, helping untangle and make sense of your truth narrative in a way that brings about present-day integration, growth, and healing.

How Can Childhood Trauma Show Up in Present-Day?

Body Responses: Feeling easily triggered, dissociation, digestive issues, stomach pains, chest pains, feeling on edge or overly alert, low libido.

Anxiety and/or Depression

Anger, Irritation, Impulsivity

Sleep Troubles

Difficulties with Interpersonal Relationships

Low Self-Esteem & Harsh Inner Criticism

What Types of Childhood Trauma Do You Treat?

Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents

Childhood Abuse or Neglect

Complex PTSD (C-PTSD)

Emotional Incest

LGBTQ+ Unique Trauma

Parental Narcissistic Abuse

Parentified, Spousified, or Scapegoated in Childhood

Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse

Tools fostered throughout our sessions include: emotional and body-based regulation skills, self-compassion, effective communication, boundary setting, embracing resiliency, and somatic affective awareness.

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