Put Trauma Behind You and Move Forward with your Life
A traumatic event can shatter your sense of well-being and security. When someone goes through a traumatic experience, they may feel numb, scared, confused, on-edge, angry, powerless, and unable to function. Often times, people who have been through a traumatic experience find themselves reliving the trauma over and over again.
These normal reactions to trauma can isolate people from themselves, their relationships, and the important aspects of their personal and professional lives.
Working with a clinical psychologist is an essential part of
the recovery process. With the help of evidence-based
trauma treatment, you can make sense of what happened
to you, process the related feelings, and work towards a
sense of calm and safety in your life. In our work together,
we will build resiliency, increase confidence, and develop healthy ways to cope with difficult emotions.
Bay Psychology primarily utilizes Cognitive Processing for
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). CPT was developed in
the late 1980s and has been shown to be effective in reducing
PTSD symptoms related to a variety of traumatic events including
child abuse, combat, rape and natural disasters. CPT is endorsed
by the U.S. Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense as well
as the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies, as the
best practice for the treatment of PTSD. Currently Dr. Nagasawa is a clinician with Stanford University and Ryerson University's CPT Sustainability Study.
I completely understand if you do not want to talk about the trauma initially. Do not worry, you will not be expected to talk about the event until you are ready. In the beginning we will focus on ensuring that you feel safe and secure by developing your coping skills and feeling more confident managing your emotions and traumatic triggers. Although we cannot change the past, we can change your relationship with it, creating more space for possibilities of relief, renewal, and recovery.
Common Therapy Goals:
Reducing intrusive thoughts and memories
Identification of triggers and effective coping
Reducing mood swings
Increasing hope for the future