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Experiencing trauma creates a lot of things: resiliency, fear, perfectionism, isolation, denial, addiction, self-harm, recklessness, apathy, co-dependency, over-functioning, anxiety, depression…and that’s just a few of the ways our bodies, minds and souls respond to a violation. Trauma tells us to hide, that it was our fault, that they didn’t mean to, that I drank too much, shouldn’t have been alone with him/her, that I don’t matter, that this doesn’t matter. Because if we faced the reality of what happened, it becomes too much to bear alone. So we go on avoiding, isolating and filling our lives with things that will distract us and help us forget. Taking that first step into a therapist’s office is scary, but that first step is a step towards healing, towards acknowledging that trauma did hurt, and that we feel so out of control, so much chaos and we can no longer do this alone. As a therapist it is my job to join you in taking back your power from the trauma. In therapy you are given tools and a place that is safe, that is confidential and that empowers you and not the trauma. Therapy is hard, but therapy is where many victims of trauma find their truest selves. A self that has long ago been shut down because of the reality of getting hurt, being hurt and feeling hurt. But facing the trauma provides freedom, facing the trauma finds you…the real you.