Almost everyone experiences some kind of loss or traumatic event at some point in their lives. The death of someone close to you, a medical issue, a divorce, a disappointing or humiliating experience—these can often lead to the experience of sadness, anxiety or sometimes even more troubling symptoms like intense fears, flashbacks, intrusive thoughts of the trauma, or difficulty remembering parts of the trauma.
The effects of physical or sexual abuse, neglect, and other traumas that may have occurred in childhood are often particularly powerful, carrying over into adulthood and negatively impacting one’s life in significant ways. Such early traumas affect one’s ability to trust, love freely, and feel close to others. Those with such trauma in their past are often plagued by guilt, shame, and responsibility for the abuse. These weighty feelings may be well hidden by highly functioning individuals, but if left untreated they can cause much emotional pain and difficulty in relationships. Furthermore, research has shown that unresolved trauma in adults can be passed onto their children in subtle ways. The effects of trauma can be lasting, causing a person to live with deep emotional pain, fear, confusion, or posttraumatic stress even long after the event has passed.
TREATMENT FOR TRAUMA
Unresolved trauma is one of the most common reasons people seek therapy. Therapy can offer a space to better understand how your past trauma may be related to aspects of your current life. Trying to forget, repress, or ‘just get over’ trauma pushes it into a ‘black box’ that only grows inside you over time. Dr. Zackson offers therapy for trauma, and works with clients to safely and carefully open this box, allowing them to integrate the trauma into their lives in ways that can lead to richer and more contented ways of being. Working through trauma can be scary and painful, and because of the risk of retraumatization, this healing work is best done with the help of an experienced trauma specialist. she has extensive clinical and research experience in this area. Her aim is to create a safe and warm environment where you can process and work through your trauma, develop a perspective on it, and experience a better quality of life. Dr Zackson will work to see you through this journey: one that begins with difficulty, but concludes with growth and empowerment.