Trauma Therapy

Trauma Therapy works because when you talk, write or draw about an event you are getting it out of your head and giving it voice.  When you keep things in your head and do not talk about it or give them voice in some manner they will take on a life of their own.  They become the boogie man in the closet waiting to pounce at the first opportunity.  You know they are not real but cannot trust that thought.  They soon become real and you are convinced that if you open the closet they will get you.  Your brain is this wonderful organ that needs to make sense of everything that happens, whether it is logical or not.  It needs to file it away in your memory bank. It cannot until you deal with the feelings attached to the memory.  Feelings often are not logical, they’re feelings.  You can only deal with feelings if you face them and give them voice.  Acknowledging them, gives them voice and they become less powerful, it gets them out of you head and into a place where you can see them logically and then your brain can file it away without the feeling attached to it.  You will always remember the event but without the feeling and it is then less powerful, it is the feeling that you had at the time the trauma happened that is causing the problem with flashbacks and night terrors, not the actual event itself.  Talking, writing or drawing about the event and the feelings,  puts it on paper or gives it voice so it can be talked about and seen for what it is or was at the time.  Eventually it will lose its power because it is now out in the open to be seen.  Trauma Therapy works because when you repeat the event often enough it will lose its power over you and the event will become normalized. It works much the same way a person who likes to watch horror movies works.  The person who never watches horror movies is terrorized by everything in the move.  The person who sees horror movies all the time would be laughing at the same movie. They have normalized the horror and need something larger and / or bigger then life to scare them.   Trauma Therapy works on the same principle, the more you get it out of your head in some manner the more normalized it becomes and the less power it has to interrupt your life.   You can then remember the event without being terrorized or traumatized by it.

You cannot make someone do Trauma Therapy until they are ready to do so.  Forcing someone to relive events that caused them trauma is retraumatizing them.  The person who experienced the trauma has to want to do it or it will not work and you will be causing more pain for that person.   These video’s will help to relax you and given away what you cannot control while you are making changes/  Link to the video’s.    Enjoy!

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dtoomey2015

I became a therapist in an attempt to understand my own childhood and what happened there and how it made me who I am, exhibiting the behaviors that were not always positive, very often self-destructive. I used Art Therapy to help me understand things in my past that were stopping me from making better decisions in my present day. I used Behavioral Science to help me understand underlying causal factors, roots to the present day behaviors that I was seeing in myself. Both help me to change those behaviors/thoughts that were causing me to make self-destructive decisions that were causing pain in life. I have been a therapist since 1985 and have an undergraduate degree Art and behavioral science (double major) from the University of Maine. My graduate work was done at Marywood university and I have a degree in Art Therapy. I have certificates in Forensic Interviewing and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior therapy. I have 22 out of 30 credits toward a degree in Trauma Therapy from Drexel University. I started out as a Community Support Worker, Program Manager/Clinical Supervisor, Family therapist and Outpatient therapist.

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