Trauma Parts Therapy is a mix of our personalty and training that gives clients an experience with real change and an education .
What types of clinical training do you have?
Gottman Couples Training
Extensive education in trauma, systems, and attachment
Experiential techniques in groupes and individual
Ultimate Goal of Therapy:
To develop an internal system capable of navigating what life throws at you.
Do we "just talk"?
No. Therapy is the skillful application of interventions with a specific intended outcome. It is important that each client feels they are getting value for the time and resources they dedicate to therapy. As such, our time will be spent using the skills and extensive training we have acquired to help effect healing and change. This is not a rigid, or rote process. It will be engaging, informative, real, and especially safe (we don't believe any real change can happen otherwise).
Do I need to "have trauma"?
Being a "trauma focused" approach does not mean that we only treat people who identify with having had a traumatic event or childhood. Rather, to us, it is a general "rule of thumb" of how we approach each person. Treating trauma well requires a high level of compassion, and skill. If you have it, we can help. If not, we can help.
What is trauma?
Trauma is a pretty popular word these days. In a nut shell, when we refer to trauma as an event we are talking about anything that is "too much, too fast, without enough warning". When we talk about trauma as a condition it is the predicable and natural way that the body, brain and mind has responded "too much". This protective pattern is not pathological but common to all humans. What determines the extent of a trauma condition is NOT had "bad" the event or series of events. The extent of trauma is measured in the intensity and reactivity of predictable cognitive, and somatic reactions. It has less to do with narrative or "story" that a person tells about trauma, and more to do with "the story" the behaviors and body tells.
What do you mean by "parts"?
Parts refers to the idea that we all have elements of "multiplicity". There may be "a part of me" that wants to stay and a "part of me" that wants to go. There may be a part of me that is confident and can be successful at work, and another part of me that feels like a failure. A part of me that gets scared and bails when things start to get serious in a relationship, a part of me that's depressed or engages in compulsive behaviors. In TPT you will gain an awareness of these parts and learn how to navigate life (and it's reactive moments) with confidence, compassion and calm.
Does this mean you can help anyone with anything?
No. We have our strengths and areas of not as much strength. Having a consultation is important for us to know what your needs are, so that you can get the treatment you need. If that is not us we may be able to help point you in a better direction.