EMDR Therapy, Treatment of Relational & Attachment Trauma
Interpersonal trauma is an umbrella term referring to trauma suffered within a relationship. It includes (but is definitely not limited to) abuse of any kind, sudden death, racism, homophobia, transphobia, misogyny, illness, stalking, harassment, bullying, rape, violence, witnessing violence, intergenerational trauma, historical trauma, and humiliation. Francine Shapiro, the originator of EMDR Therapy, defines trauma as “any event that has had a lasting negative effect upon self and psyche.”
Trauma is not defined by an event but by the impact an event has had on a person.
It includes anything from a single traumatic incident to prolonged or chronic trauma. 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. Some (but definitely not all) people who live through trauma develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or other symptoms.
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 870 Market St., Ste. 1055 San Francisco, CA 94102, and virtually in Portland, OR.