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  • Beyond Surviving

    Moving Away From ‘What Is Wrong With Me?’
    Moving Toward ‘What Happened To Me?’


    Surviving trauma (physical, psychological, emotional, and / or sexual violence) can create an impact that lasts far beyond the immediate experience of harm. Abuse can shake your foundation, your sense of self, your understanding of the world around you. These events can so easily lead to negative core beliefs, which then color all experiences thereafter. It is common to feel overwhelmed by self-blame, shame, guilt, judgment; a need to be perfect; a fear of trust and vulnerability.

    There is an instinct to run, to avoid, to push any memory or reminder into dark places. Often our bodies and brains do this all on their own, sometimes flip flopping between being constantly on alert versus shutting down – as though an emotional dial is turning up too high, and then too low. The trauma is always there, circulating.

    What if, instead of feeling stuck – always trying to cover or overcompensate – there was a possibility to truly heal? To work through the impact? To find relief? To realize your strength?

    Our work can help you move in this direction of repair. Therapy can offer a space to begin exploring and experimenting: to learn how to safely trust and step into vulnerability; to take power over your trauma, instead of trauma having power over you; to believe you have worth and value – a value that is inherent and absolute.

    Discovering your resilience is the first step toward healing. We can begin that road together.

    Liz Coleclough, PhD, LICSW

    Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a PhD in Public Health. Focused on trauma-informed support for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and adult survivors of child abuse.