Much of my work has been
with adults who survived ongoing childhood abuse – emotional, physical and
sexual. Sometimes referred to “Complex
Trauma” this type of trauma manifests in a wide variety of indicators,
ranging from: a general sense of meaninglessness and despair; difficulty
managing daily activities, maintaining relationships, breaking out of old
patterns, trusting in others or yourself; and on to more identifiable
manifestations such as panic attacks, intrusive memories and dreams, and a
sense of reliving your trauma over and over. All of these represent how trauma
lives on in your experience, limiting your engagement in the present.
Working with trauma, particularly complex trauma, can be challenging. It takes time and practice to overcome deeply embedded patterns. And yet, many clients report feeling better shortly after beginning therapy. Having an experienced guide on your side helps ease the burden of working through your trauma. The big gains — learning to self regulate in stressful situations, improving daily functioning, deepening relationships, trusting again, and finding new hope for your future — these things take time, and they are achievable. You can move through your trauma and reengage life with greater intensity, meaning and joy.
Elizabeth Cassanos, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist PSY26317