I work with the pain of relational trauma
Relational trauma includes all the ways we’ve been harmed by others:
- A divorce or breakup, betrayal from a friend or loved one, or difficult relationships
- Secondary trauma as a helping professional from hearing your clients talk about their own traumatic experiences
- Feelings of rejection from a parent, feeling like you had to be perfect or a golden child to be accepted
- Religious trauma from a church that’s controlling, abusive, manipulative, or pressuring you to conform
- Abuse or neglect from your family of origin including emotional, physical, and sexual abuse
- Adoption trauma, even if the adoption itself went well and you had a pleasant experience
Trauma looks different for everyone
- Nightmares, flashbacks, fears of danger
- Avoiding people or situations that remind you of your trauma
- Fears of failure, rejection, or abandonment
- Feeling unstable in relationships, feeling unable to trust
- Needing to be self sufficient in order to feel safe
You need effective Christian trauma therapy
Christian trauma therapy helps you respond to yourself with compassion and kindness. Your trauma can be treated effectively with EMDR, with Brainspotting, or with ACT depending on the method you prefer. In your free consultation, we can talk about these different methods and which might be right for you. As we move forward in treatment, we can always switch up the methods we’re using if you’d like to change. Therapy can help you process your past experiences so you can respond to life the way you want to.
Through Christian trauma therapy, you’ll learn to hold your big and reactive emotions, deal with extreme and damaging behaviors, and manage your fearful and protective thoughts. Next, we’ll explore what’s underneath the thoughts, emotions, and body sensations. Next, we’ll look at disturbing memories that keep your mind and body on alert. Then we’ll discover new positive beliefs that can help you overcome your history. Along the way, you’ll learn skills and gain resources to help you take care of yourself and have new experiences.
How I work with trauma from a Christian perspective
In our work, weekly sessions will give you the continuous support you need to make meaningful changes for yourself. I like to integrate mindfulness practices into our work to help increase your internal awareness of what’s going on in your mind and body. As we notice what’s going on for you right now, we’ll develop patterns of insight to heal your painful memories and release you from the past.
We’ll also address how your trauma has impacted your understanding of your faith. Sometimes, abusers use faith as a weapon of harm against you. Other times, you may have thought you could lean on your church community to help, but they weren’t there for you or were even harmful or rejecting to you in your pain. Or maybe your faith wasn’t directly impacted by your trauma history but you have trouble connecting to the image of God as Father, the Church and Christ as bride and groom, or your church community as your brothers and sisters.
Whether you choose to move forward with EMDR or ACT, I’ll guide you through the process and provide you with the time, space, and resources you need to be successful. Online therapy for trauma lets you participate in deep work from your own safe and comfortable location. EMDR may be a good fit for you if you have difficulty talking about your traumatic experiences. Learn more about how EMDR works for complex trauma here.
Are you ready to get started?
You’re ready to start exploring how your past is holding you back from rich and trusting relationships. Online Christian trauma therapy may be the next step toward your healing and wholeness.