As a trauma therapist, I have seen the devastating and pervasive impact that trauma has on overall well-being. I have also seen profound healing.I know you’ve done everything you can to feel better and move on. If you have unresolved trauma, feel stuck, alone, and unable to move forward, trauma therapy may be for you. I specialize in helping clients with significant trauma recover and move forward in life. I would be honored to work with you.
Lysle Shaw Psychotherapy Approach to Trauma Therapy – A Neurobiological Depth Approach
My approach is non-pathologizing, meaning I do not consider the impact of trauma as a disease or disorder. I view the impact of trauma as your system’s capacity to adapt, cope, and survive until you find a safe space to go deep and process your trauma. Why depth work? Depth work gets to the root of the trauma. It is essential for lasting change. Combined with some key and simple knowledge of neuroscience and other modalities as needed, it is the core of the healing process.
Depth therapy is an approach that explores the unconscious while at the same time addresses what is conscious and present in your life. This process can help you understand your triggers, defense mechanisms, and patterns of thinking that have developed as a result of the trauma/s. By gaining insight into these factors, you can start to heal and integrate your traumatic experiences into your overall sense of self.
Our deepest human need is to feel a sense of belonging, to feel that we are connected, to feel that we matter. Studies show that the quality of our relationships directly impacts our physical and mental health in the short and long term. Much of the wounds and trauma we experience comes from the relationships in our lives, so it makes sense that the start of a new and healthy relationship would create space for healing. This is what depth work is all about – a safe relational space for you to go deep, rewire and heal.
A safe relational space offers the ingredients necessary for real change – change that comes from rewiring and reshaping your brain and autonomic nervous system. We will use this knowledge to help you understand what happened to you while at the same time doing the deep work to undo the effects of trauma. We cannot take your trauma away but we can work together to help you process, recover, and heal.
Relational trauma refers to traumatic experiences that occur within the context of relationships with others. This type of trauma stems from harmful interactions with individuals or groups, leading to psychological distress. Relational trauma can have a deep impact on a person’s sense of self, their ability to trust others, and their capacity for healthy relationships. I offer a space of safety and acceptance that allows for the kind of trust essential to healing the wounds from trauma.
Developmental trauma is a type of relational trauma that occurs early in life. It includes maltreatment or neglect inflicted within a child’s relationship with a parent or other primary caregiver. This type of trauma often results from impaired caregiving whether malicious or unintentional in nature. Developmental trauma can stem from family mental illness, substance abuse, domestic violence, and other forms of life adversity. This type of trauma disrupts a child’s internalization of healthy boundaries, secure connection to others, and a sense of being worthy of love. Developmental trauma impacts a child’s ability to develop a strong sense of security and safety. Many describe a feeling of “not knowing who they are” to the point of lacking the ability to make decisions, even small decisions. We will go deep and help you let go and rewire so you can move about your life with more confidence and ease.
Religious trauma is a type of relational trauma. It stems from growing up in an environment with rigid religious or spiritual beliefs. This can range from living in an extreme religious cult, an abusive religious setting, a fundamental group that was not aligned with your own core beliefs, or any other rigid and painful religious experience that left you feeling isolated, afraid, and lost. We work together to understand the effects of this type of trauma so you can forge ahead with a value and belief system more congruent with who you are.