My background working with child and adult survivors of physical and emotional trauma has taught me that all of our experiences have the potential to shape our personalities and affect how we can exist in relationship to others and to ourselves. For some, extreme trauma can contribute to anxiety and depression. For others, it can lead to feelings of low self esteem and lack of self worth.
When people hear the word “trauma” they often automatically think of the most extreme things that people can experience such as violence, child abuse, natural disasters, and sexual assault. But in my experience, many people also experience “hidden traumas” that impact our development, behaviors, relationships, and self esteem. These include having a narcissistic parent or mentally ill parent, being bullied, or childhood experience that makes them feel powerless, unimportant, or unloveable.
Regardless of the experiences that you have had that have created a disturbance in your life, we can work to build a trusting professional bond, learn coping tools, make important connections between life events, and process traumatic experiences to promote healing and increase a sense of control over your life.