Trauma – Abuse

Trauma and abuse are different for each person; trauma and abuse are perceptional. Two people experiencing the same event may not perceive it to be traumatic.  Peter A. Levine in “Trauma Through A Child’s Eyes”, reminds us that trauma is in the nervous system – not the event! “Trauma happens when any experience stuns us like a bolt out of the blue; it overwhelms us, leaving us altered and disconnected from our bodies. Any coping mechanisms we may have had are undermined, and we fell utterly helpless and hopeless. It is as if our legs are knocked out from under us.”



According to the National Center for PTSD, post-traumatic stress disorder is an anxiety disorder resulting from a traumatic event (including sexual and physical assault, serious accidents, natural disasters, and combat and military exposure) that is life-threatening to the individual and/or to others. Among the feelings the event can trigger are fear, confusion, and anger. Learn more about the significant impact that PTSD has on men, women, and children.


Sexual Abuse Recovery:

Male (Adult) Childhood Sexual Abuse Recovery  Healing childhood wounds for men is possible, someone knowledgeable needs to be present to take witness and hear your story, a story that you probably have never told before.

Female (Adult) Childhood Sexual Abuse Recovery  Recovery for females from childhood sexual abuse is possible. Once therapy begins to heal the lifetime of gaping wounds, you begin to feel a sense of personal empowerment, and control over your life from the perspective of the adult that you are.

Adolescent (8 yrs – 18 yrs old) Childhood Sexual Abuse Recovery  Healing earlier in life rather than living with the emotional pain for years, can lead to a more fulfilling life.


Childhood Abuse (emotional, physical, sexual) this is the look…

I’m the oldest, playing protector to the younger sibling. Classic “Caretaker” role!

As a child I was exposed to each of the abuses above. How it left me feeling – shame, numbing/zoning out (dissociation), lack of interest, irritability, hyper-vigilance, always on guard, few memories of childhood, few friends, emotional overload, feeling like an align (completely different than every other person in the world)…..

Years later, following my own journey of recovery, I’ve dedicated my work to the survivors of childhood trauma. I take witness to each client’s experience, and together we fine healthy ways to move forward.

Learn more about trauma and abuse:

Find a therapist in your area through such sights as Psychology Today at In the Phoenix area, or for more resource information

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