Complex and Developmental Trauma

“You can’t stop the waves but you can learn to surf.”

- Jon Kabat Zinn

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) defines complex developmental trauma as “children’s exposure to multiple traumatic events—often of an invasive, interpersonal nature—and the wide-ranging, long-term effects of this exposure.”[1]

Complex trauma is a series of experiences that are accumulated over time, and untangling them can feel overwhelming. And it doesn’t have to be one big recognizable event; repeatedly not being listened to by your parents, often being told that “if you don’t stop crying I will give you something to cry about”, being teased and bullied, all takes its toll.

Our childhood traumatic experiences impact us in so many ways—from how we build relationships with other people to how we deal with conflict and stressful situations.

Together, we will work to understand how your past experiences are impacting your current reality, and chart a path forward to something healthier, more balanced, and whole.

We will also keep track of your feelings and explore how your body reacts as part of your trauma response. Our goal here is to help you become more self-aware of your own trauma response so you can learn how to better deal with trauma-induced conflict.

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