"Serving Berkeley, Oakland, Piedmont, Grand Lake, Emeryville, Rockridge, Temescal, Lake Merritt and the East Bay"
Teresa Allen MFT
Licensed Marriage Family Therapist #39878
For some children, complex trauma was an everyday thing. It didn’t happen once and go away. If a child experiences physical and sexual abuse over a period of time it can lead to difficulties later in life. Sometimes physical pain leads to memories being carried in the body. The adult survivor may not be able to express that emotional pain from the past or regulate feelings.
Negative beliefs can distort the way survivors of childhood abuse look at themselves, making personal, intimate relationships very challenging. I work with survivors of complex trauma to help them learn to begin to trust again.
After a preparation period you can learn, bit by bit, to work through old pain, release energy from the trauma, and see yourself in a new, more hopeful light.