Therapy for Childhood Trauma

Campbell, CA and Online Throughout California

Our childhood experiences set the foundation for our view of ourselves, emotions, relationships, and the world at large.

If your needs as a child were not met consistently enough (such as protection, stability, warmth, and acceptance), you may have developed strategies to cope with your circumstances at the time, but now no longer serve you in your adulthood.

 
To adapt to your childhood experiences, you may have learned behaviors and beliefs such as:​
  • Being alert to potential signals of abandonment, rejection, or conflict
  • Suppressing your feelings and needs
  • Focusing on pleasing or taking care of others
  • Avoiding vulnerability and intimacy
  • Seeking control of others and your environment
  • Believing you are unworthy, "too much," or not good enough
While these responses may now be challenging or unhelpful, they make sense, and reflect your resilience and wisdom.
Make Peace With Your Past
I can support you in making meaning of your experiences and the strategies that you developed to cope with your experiences. You can extend compassion, curiosity, and gratitude towards these strategies so that you no longer feel stuck in them or overwhelmed by them. Through trying new ways of engaging with yourself and others, these positive experiences can help you internalize more adaptive beliefs and flexibility in your responses.
Tools I Can Offer You:​
  • Cope with feelings of shame or guilt
  • Become more aware of your feelings, needs, boundaries, and preferences
  • Examine intergenerational patterns and roles
  • Learn about your nervous system
  • Tolerate distress and regulate your emotions
  • Practice mindfulness, relaxation, and grounding skills
  • Cultivate self-compassion
  • Separate from unhelpful beliefs and expectations
  • Process grief
  • Act as a parent towards yourself
  • Shift your relationship to your Inner Critic
If this resonates with you, I welcome you to call or email me to discuss
the possibility of us working together.