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Trauma Therapy

"Trauma is not what happens to you.  it's what happens inside you as a result of what happens to you."

~ Gabor Maté
We're gaining more understanding about psychological trauma and it's impact on, not only the mind, but the body.  One major thing we've learned is that a "trauma" isn't confined to only life-threatening events like combat or accidents.  A trauma can be any situation where one feels unsafe, helpless, and powerless.  Interpersonal trauma, especially when experienced within relationships with a caregiver, can be especially painful.  It's important to work towards healing these wounds, but also, to do so in a safe manner.
Trauma can impact, not only the individual , but also their loved ones.  Providing support for partners and family members can be beneficial to the health of these relationships and the well being of the individual who seeks healing.  Helping loved ones understand what trauma is, how it impacts the mind and body, and how to support someone as they go through the healing process helps facilitate post-traumatic growth for everyone who has been touched by the trauma.

Potential Traumatic Experiences

  • Natural Disasters

  • Combat

  • Accidents

  • Life-threatening experiences

  • Physical/Emotional/Sexual Abuse 

  • Interpersonal violence

  • Sudden loss

  • Severe bullying

  • Abandonment

Possible Symptoms
  • Intrusive thoughts

  • Nightmares

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Dissociation

  • Avoidance of reminders

  • Hypervigilance

  • Depression

  • Shame

  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks

  • Anger/Irritability

  • Emotional numbing

  • Body aches

  • Fatigue/Exhaustion

treatment Approaches
  • Attachment-based

  • Internal Family Systems

  • Family Systems

  • Polyvagal Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy


  • Emotionally-Focused Therapy

  • Mindful Self-Compassion

  • Establishing Healthy Boundaries

**If you are in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, a free, 24-hour hotline at 1.800.273.8255 or text "Home" to 741741. If your issue is an emergency, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room. If you need local crisis intervention/support in the Bay Area, check out Bay Area Suicide Crisis & Intervention Alliance (BASCIA) online. I do not offer crisis counseling or emergency services. 


Jennifer Haya is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT 127004) and a Registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselor (APCC 9907) at Couples Recovery Center and is supervised by Dr. Harry Motro, a Couples Counselor, and is an employee of Harry Motro, Psy.D., Marriage and Family Therapist, P.C., which is a Professional Corporation. Couples Recovery Center provides specialized couples counseling and includes the following professionals:



The recommendations on this website do not constitute professional advice, substitute for professional treatment, or establish a therapeutic relationship.

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