Are you suffering from extreme stress?

psychotherapy for trauma and ptsd in berkeley

 

Do certain places or situations remind you of an experience you wish you could forget?

Do you feel like you have no control over your body, like a racing heart and sweaty palms?

Whether you suffer from post traumatic stress (PTS) or post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) I can help.

Taking culture, history, and the heightened stress of modern times into consideration, it is safe to say that almost everyone has suffered from some form of stress or experienced trauma in some way.  What makes each of us different is how we respond to these overwhelming experiences.     

Trauma is the direct result of an experience or a series of experiences that overwhelm your nervous system and disconnect you from your mind, body, and spirit.  Symptoms are somatically driven, which means they show up in your body.  You may experience sweaty palms, elevated heart rate, dissociation, nightmares, or flashbacks—to name just a few.  These symptoms are directly related to the energy that has not yet been released from your body.

 

somatic therapy can help with trauma and pts/ptsd

A somatic psychotherapist can help by going directly to the source—the body.  Becoming aware of what is happening in your body is the foundation of our work.  Self-awareness is key here.  When you bring awareness to the sensations in your body, rather than simply feeling overwhelmed by them, you can begin to have more control over your responses.  This is essential for healing. 

We can support you by helping enhance your internal resources and provide you with tools to manage your trauma and/or PTSD symptoms.  Through a safe process, I can help you dispel the energy and activation that is still in your body and your nervous system, leading to an alleviation of your symptoms.   Slowly and mindfully we can work to regulate your nervous system and address your trauma-related physical responses for resolution and healing.

 

Contact Melody today if you need support managing the impacts of trauma.

We welcome the diversity of all ethnic backgrounds, religious beliefs, family configurations, sexual orientations, and gender identities.  As a multicultural, mixed-race (Black and Japanese) therapist, Melody strives to provide a supportive and non-judgmental space for healing, transformation, and growth for all.