Trauma & Abuse Recovery

Over 60% of adults report experiences of trauma and abuse at some point in their lives.

 

During some seasons in life, we have the support needed to gain resilience and recovery from these difficult experiences. At other times, the long term effects of devastating experiences begin to overwhelm us. You are not alone. Many people report pervasive symptoms from a previous trauma or abuse experience. When dealing with trauma and abuse, making the decision to come into therapy can be difficult. Rest assured, you are in good hands. We see abuse survivors at various stages of healing who are struggling with:

 

• Depression

• Anxiety

• Establishing safety

• Relational conflict with friends or family members

• Disturbing memories or nightmares

• Fatigue, chronic pain, or other physical difficulties

• Difficulty at work

• Family stressors and/or high conflict with spouse and/or children

• Lack of memories during a certain period of one’s life

• Addiction or other numbing behaviors

• Body image issues

• Intrusive thoughts or memories

• Insecurity or an overly dominating personality

 

Therapy Can Help

 

Having a trained and compassionate professional to walk alongside you can help with these difficult symptoms and issues. Working with someone who is specially trained in recovery from abuse, domestic violence, abandonment, and neglect will help you to gain safety, insight, and the ability to move forward. Therapy can help with recovery from various types of abuse/trauma, including physical, verbal/emotional, financial, sexual, rape/sexual assault, spiritual, physical or emotional neglect, and narcissistic family systems.

 

Journeys therapists are trained in recovery from past or present abuse situations. Establishing safety and working through trauma can be very valuable and have a great impact on your current life circumstances. Journeys therapists utilize a variety of methods, techniques, and specializations to assist in your recovery and healing and are willing to talk with you to find the best fit.

 

You may still feel scared or guilty at the thought of talking about the abuse and sharing these deeply personal experiences and memories….

“I feel guilty talking about my parents mistakes.  They did the best they could.”

“If my partner knew I was here, he/she would be very angry.”

 

Treatment is scary and does, at times, produce feelings of guilt. Journeys therapists are specially trained to assess potentially dangerous situations and assist in establishing safety and support systems. You and your therapist will set the pace of therapy together and confront these difficult and daunting issues and feelings. Our therapists will strive to understand your feelings and needs as you learn to move forward in heath and with greater coping strategies.

 

"I’m unsure of how talking about the abuse or how seeking support will be helpful."

 

As with many difficulties, not dealing with the problem of trauma can make everyday symptoms increasingly difficult. Isolation can compound an issue. Talking to a professional who is trained in trauma recovery and who is sensitive to the difficulties in the healing process can be tremendously helpful. Once paired with a therapist that’s right for you, a safe environment will be built to allow relief from present symptoms and hope for the future.

 

 

We generally recommend scheduling an initial assessment with a Journeys counselor to evaluate your specific needs, as well as determining best options for treatment and more precise answers to the questions you may have about the process. The Journeys team strives to provide you with the perfect fit professionally, and will happily direct you to the counselor with the best personality, expertise and approach for you.

 

Click on the suggested therapists to schedule a consultation or check out our team to connect with a therapist that's right for you. Most of our team members see a variety of clients, so feel free to read up on multiple options!

 

Need help? Contact our administrative assistant here with any questions, concerns or to be matched with a therapist that is best suited for your needs.

 

 

Roxane R. Thorstad, PsyD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist & Co-Founder

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Tanya Harris, MAPC, LAC

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Renee Malina, MA, LPC, LISAC

Licensed Professional Counselor

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