Trauma Therapy

In a safe place to heal from trauma, you’ll learn how to permanently reduce the  feelings of being haunted by the past, which may include…

  • panic attacks or feeling as though you’re having a heart attack or can’t breath
  • flashbacks that may include strong sensory impressions such as smells or sounds
  • insomnia, or sleeping with the lights or TV on all night
  • foggy memory and thinking, or zoning out
  • medically unexplainable fatigue or shakiness
  • depression or sorrow with no obvious cause
  • feeling like you lost all enthusiasm or your sense of humor
  • avoiding certain places, events, or people, including good friends and loved ones
  • phobias and random, quirky, or irrational fears
  • floating anxiety, worries, or being fretful
  • eating or drinking problems

Trauma includes being an eye witness to or experiencing …

  • recent or past emotional, physical, or sexual violation
  • childhood neglect, endangerment or abuse
  • chronic low grade tension  at home or work
  • car or industrial accidents
  • bereavement
  • natural disasters
  • war

The first step in trauma therapy is to renew and develop your base of inner calm and stability. Then, while feeling safe and grounded, you are taught how to use therapeutic skills to gently process all of the unfinished business connected to the traumatic events. During this stage, clients are relieved to discover that while memories become more quiet and clear,  the old overwhelming and troublesome emotions, intrusive thoughts, and disturbing sensory impressions fade away for good. The final  phase of therapy helps  reveal and integrate how the traumatic events have lead to an expanded sense of  personal healing, identity and growth.

In addition to talk therapy, you may learn EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprogramming) and other adjunctive therapies that enrich and accelerate the healing journey while  promoting your  feelings of security.

Valerie J. Keim, MFT

Suite 1000
3478 Buskirk Ave.

Pleasant Hill,

(925)746- 4235