Compassionate therapist specializing in treating trauma, anxiety, self-esteem or sexual assault.
Mental Health Counselor in Morgantown, WV
We may hear the word trauma and think to ourselves… what does trauma even mean? Trauma is an experience that feels so overwhelming that we cannot process it at the time. Trauma is extremely specific to the person who experienced the event. It all depends on the level of distress it caused that person at the time and how it affects their overall quality of life moving forward. THE PAST AFFECTS THE PRESENT.
The way we feel about ourselves is probably the most important factor in our lives. When we feel confident, have healthy self-esteem and feel good enough, all seems right in our world. Comparing ourselves to others, social media, unrealistic expectations of ourselves and a history of being unappreciated by others can all affect our sense of self. Therapy can help you increase your self-esteem, self-worth, self-compassion and most importantly self-love.
Experiencing rape or sexual assault can be one of the most painful, secretive, and shameful events that can ever happen to anyone. As a sexual assault or rape survivor, you may feel lost and alone. There is a saying that our secrets keep us sick. Shame is an emotion that thrives in darkness and silence. But you can’t get through this alone and dear one: it was not your fault. Your mind and body deserve to heal from what should have never happened to you. Please reach out, therapy can help.
EMDR is an effective body and mind therapy. It’s important to clear out traumatic or unhelpful past memories utilizing EMDR therapy so that we can show up in the present as confident and calmly as we want to. The past affects the present in many ways, especially if we are noticing we are either over or under-reacting in any given situation.
Internal family systems (IFS) helps us gain awareness of the different parts of ourselves. It is a true mind, body, spirit whole body approach. Internal family systems utilizes visualization practices to get to know all our protectors, managers, firefighters and exiles. The goal is to integrate all of our parts and heal the wounded parts of ourselves.
Somatic experiencing is a type of bottom-up therapy approach (body + sensations focused) which primarily focuses on healing the trauma and emotional blocks that get stuck in our body and nervous system.