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We grow up feeling in control, capable, and convinced that if we live a good life we won’t be touched by harm. Then the unexpected occurs. In the midst of it all, one can easily be overwhelmed by fear, helplessness, and loss of control.
It is often common to experience shame when a trauma literally knocks us off our axis. Thoughts of “I should have known better” and “did I somehow cause the trauma” are predictable.
The human psyche has a tremendous capacity for recovery and even growth. Trauma feelings cannot be repressed or forgotten. If they are not dealt with directly, the distressing feelings and troubling events replay over and over in the course of a lifetime, creating a condition known as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). If you’ve gone through a traumatic experience, you may one moment be struggling with upsetting emotions, frightening memories, or a sense of constant danger, and the next moment feel numb, disconnected, and unable to trust other people.
A number of risk factors make people susceptible to emotional and psychological trauma. People are more likely to be traumatized by a stressful experience if they’re already under a heavy stress load or have recently suffered a series of losses. Whatever inner resources people need to mobilize for recovery, they still cannot accomplish the task alone. Depression and trauma are disconnective disorders. They do not improve in isolation. To fix them you have to be connected to others. It’s a good idea to seek professional help if you are:
I have extensive experience in treating abuse and trauma and utilizing proven and established treatment models, including:
Psychotherapy that is focused on helping people work through traumatic events is all about trying to make the world safe again — to re-create the world, sometimes from the ground up. In treating trauma, the quality of the therapeutic relationship is essential to recovery. With me, you will be treated ethically, regarded with dignity, and respected for your boundaries and vulnerabilities that are certain to arise during the therapeutic process. Whether the traumatic event happened years ago or yesterday, I am committed to helping you re-discover your sense of safety, self-respect, and confidence in your life.