Trauma means different things to different people.
For one person, it might mean the aftermath of a violent attack and for another, it might be recognizing toxic patterns playing out from childhood. Then there is every situation in between.
When I started my career as a therapist, I was working with gang-affiliated young adults in the Bay Area correctional facilities. Working with and learning from them really opened my eyes to the various ways that trauma can impact the mind.
And the soul.
There are so many aspects of our psychology that we don’t typically associate with trauma.
Most people when they think of trauma think of “Big T” trauma, PTSD.
The “little t” trauma often goes unnoticed.
These “little t” traumas are still highly distressing events that impact individuals on a personal level but don’t necessarily fall in the PTSD category. For example, emotional abuse, bullying, hostile work environments, non-life-threatening accidents or injuries…
Trauma and its impacts are unique to each individual and because of that, the healing process for each individual is unique too.
We each have our own successful and unsuccessful ways of coping with life. Some people build walls to keep their loved ones out, while others feel the need to be perfect and please everyone.
When we question the purpose of these defense mechanisms and begin to break down their functions, we see a commonality- protection against pain and the human experience.
It’s important to have a meaningful outlet for these feelings and experiences. I want this blog to serve as a resource for having those important conversations about mental health.
Too often in our culture, mental health issues are stigmatized and admitting to any kind of mental health struggles can bring judgement. With judgement, comes secrecy and this too is pain.
In denying our needs, we are denying ourselves the right to be whole. We carry our hurt around rather than reaching out. Mental health issues are not character flaws; they are true health conditions that deserve to be treated with compassion.
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My practice specializes in trauma. Without knowing it at the time, my personal experience with childhood trauma set the foundation for my work.
As I sat with client’s and listened to their stories and learned about the manifestations of trauma’s effects, I came to the realization that trauma is a normal human experience. When given the space and therapeutic strategies to explore that trauma, we are able to step into our true power.
I earned my bachelor’s degree from California State University, Long Beach and received my master’s degree from the University of San Francisco. I am currently working toward my Doctorate of Psychology at California Southern University.
My office is located in Santa Clarita, California, a city of approximately 300,000 in north Los Angeles County. Due to the current pandemic, I have transitioned to remote sessions and am now able to see clients from across the state. It has been an amazing experience to reach more people through technology and provide the support during this time.
Let’s keep the lines of communication open and have those honest conversations about mental health. I am excited to be on this journey together, and I look forward to providing you with resources and hope.
Together, we have the power to create happiness and serenity in our lives.