DO YOU FEEL LIKE THE PAST HAUNTS YOU?

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Maybe someone hurt you in the past or something unthinkable happened to you recently. Are you haunted by memories or perhaps fall into forgetfulness? Maybe you "don't feel right," like you're disconnected from your body or your emotions wreak havoc in your life. Have you given up on ever feeling "normal" again, yet you keep hoping that you will feel whole one day? Perhaps relationships are difficult, and you have a hard time trusting people. Or do you have a hard time being with your own self? Shame can be a hallmark of trauma, causing heartbreaking self-loathing. All you want to do is to hide when what you need most is to reach out to someone who can help.

You want to feel the ground beneath your feet, to feel comfortable in your own skin, to feel like you belong to yourself and the living breathing world. But you don't know how to stop hurting. There is hope. Working with a compassionate trauma therapist can bring you back home to yourself.  

TRAUMA CAN AFFECT ANYONE

Trauma affects the mind, body, and soul. Divorce, a bicycle accident, or the loss of a pet can be traumatic. Certainly events such as abuse, a natural disaster, or acts of violence can cause trauma. Life throws us painful curve balls all the time. Many people are trauma survivors. The Adverse Childhood Experience Study reveals that a significant number of Americans have suffered and are suffering from trauma. The ACE Study shows that we are vulnerable to the effects well beyond the event itself.

To heal you need someone who has traveled this way before, who knows the landscape, and knows what to do when you get lost. Trauma counseling will help you understand how the past—recent or distant—affects your daily life. As you gain understanding and strategies you too, begin to know the landscape, recognize when you are off track, and how to effectively respond.

CAN MY TRAUMA EVER BE HEALED? 

It is possible, with a commitment to your healing and your trauma therapist as guide, you will find your way to wholeness and connection. You will learn how to reconnect with your inherent strength and wisdom, what I call your “Ground of Being.” We will sit together, and I will deeply listen to the stories you wish to tell. Just as you bring your suffering into the therapy room, you also bring the answers. I will help you find them.

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I address the trauma symptoms as they arise: strategies for anxiety, panic, and emotional overwhelm; tools for depressive symptoms; support and awareness for unhealthy behaviors that numb the pain; and the all-important, ongoing compassion and hope in the face of self-loathing and shame. We move at a pace that is comfortable for you, and at the same time, we listen for when you are ready to move ahead.

While I have found trauma counseling to be a highly intuitive practice, I draw from the wide array of solid trauma treatments we are fortunate to have these days. These include neuroscience, cognitive behavior strategies, mindfulness and relaxation techniques, body work, and experiential work such as sandtray and art therapy. There is a way through trauma, and every person’s way is unique. We will find your path and walk it together.

TRAUMA WORK CAN BE CONFUSING OR OVERWHELMING - YOU MAY HAVE QUESTIONS OR RESERVATIONS

I am afraid to talk about my trauma. I just want to feel better.

People often come to me because they are hurting, and at the same time they don’t want to talk about it. This work can be scary! And who wants to open up old wounds? We won’t do this; we won’t go charging in willy nilly. You get to tell the story when you are ready. You can be assured that I will constantly assess your resilience and respond accordingly. My goal is for you to feel as safe as possible doing this work.

I always thought I was just depressed or anxious or just “messed up.”
How do I know it’s trauma?

It may very well be that you are suffering from depression or anxiety. But you may also be suffering from trauma. The first step is to assess what’s going on. If it’s depression or anxiety, then we’ll treat those. However, if the depression is a symptom of trauma, then we must address all of it. No one is ever just “messed up.” There is always a reason.

I want to feel better fast. I don’t want to spend a lot of time in therapy.

Just as everyone’s trauma journey is unique so is the effective time in therapy. The length of treatment depends on your current situation, the nature of your trauma, other trauma events that may arise during the course of therapy, and the commitment to the work. Likewise these things will determine the frequency of our sessions. I will work with you and your schedule to assure that therapy itself is not another stressor in your life.

ARE YOU READY TO BEGIN THE GOOD WORK OF HEALING? 

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As a trauma survivor, I have made it my life’s work to be a trauma counselor, a “wounded healer.” I have engaged for years in professional training and personal work and continue to do so. I have found that those winding difficult roads are, indeed, the path to transformation. I have worked with clients who have survived a wide range of traumas, including childhood abuse, police violence, and violent traumatic loss. A therapist can go with the client only as far as she has gone on her own journey. I am adept at finding and helping you navigate the road that is yours alone. Whether you have lived with trauma pain for much of your life or you recently experienced a traumatic event, healing is possible. When you sit down with me for the very first time, you are in the field of hope and possibility.

NEXT STEPS

If you are interested in services or have more questions, I offer a 15 minute phone consultation or a 30 minute initial consultation. Please call 425-238-2765, send an email to robinbarre@whidbey.com, or fill out the contact form here. I respond to all inquiries and communications within 48 hours. I invite you to explore the menu on the right for more information and resources regarding trauma.

 

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