Interpersonal trauma is an umbrella term referring to a trauma suffered within relationship. It includes (but definitely not limited to) abuse, sudden death, racism, homophobia, transphobia, misogyny, illness, stalking, sexual abuse, harassment, bullying, rape, betrayal, violence, witnessing violence, intergenerational trauma (also known as historical trauma). Francine Shapiro, the originater of EMDR Therapy, defines trauma as “any event that has had a lasting negative effect upon self and psyche.”
It includes anything from a single incident to prolonged abuse. The effects of the trauma depend on the way the survivor perceives the event(s). Trauma can be experienced verbally, emotionally, financially, sexually, spiritually, physically, and witnessed. The effects and symptoms of experiencing and living with the legacy of trauma are, in and of themselves, traumatizing.
The effects of interpersonal trauma can be lasting and impair a survivor’s self-concept and ability to form healthy relationships.
I provide my clients with a safe, non-judgmental space to explore their experiences and help them find skillful and healthy ways to heal from the effects of trauma.
A life of purpose and joy with meaningful and intimate connections is possible.
I am a licensed mental health professional located at 3537 N Williams Ave. Portland, OR. 97227.