Trauma Therapy
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Trauma Healing Therapy

Trauma, whether stemming from a single distressing event (PTSD) or from prolonged, repeated exposure to harm (Complex Trauma), deeply impacts an individual's psyche, often leaving lasting imprints on their emotional, cognitive, and physical well-being. Such experiences can lead to feelings of disconnection, overwhelming emotions, and a persistent sense of danger, even in safe environments. Drawing from foundational teachings that emphasize the profound effects of trauma on the brain and body, we recognize that healing requires more than just talking about the traumatic events. At Atlantic Mental Health, our approach is trauma-informed, meaning we prioritize creating a safe and nurturing environment where clients can begin to process their experiences at their own pace. Through tailored interventions, we aim to help individuals reconnect with their bodies, challenge and transform trauma-related beliefs, and ultimately regain control, allowing them to feel fully present and alive in their lives once more.

Begin Your Healing Process

Embarking on a healing journey after trauma requires immense courage, and we deeply honor and respect that bravery. At Atlantic Mental Health, we understand the profound impact trauma has on every facet of one's life. Our commitment is to provide a sanctuary where you can feel truly seen, heard, and understood. With our deep knowledge of trauma and its intricacies, we offer a safe space where you can begin to process, heal, and reclaim your life. If you're ready to take that step towards healing, we invite you to book a consultation with us. Together, we'll navigate the path to recovery, ensuring you feel supported and empowered every step of the way.

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Dr. Wendy Cook | Clinical Psychologist

Book a Consultation with Dr. Wendy Cook

In the realm of trauma, the journey to healing is deeply personal and often complex. Dr. Cook brings over a decade of specialized experience in addressing traumas ranging from intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and childhood experiences to the profound impacts of immigration and religious traumas. Recognizing that those who often hurt us are the ones we expected love and protection from, she places immense value on the therapeutic relationship, fostering a space of trust and safety. Did you know that trauma can reshape our brain's architecture, influencing how we perceive the world and react to it? Yet, with the right guidance, the brain's plasticity allows for profound healing and transformation. How might your life change if you could process and integrate these traumatic experiences? How would it feel to regain control, trust, and truly live again? Take the first step towards understanding, healing, and reclaiming your life by booking a consultation with Dr. Cook.

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Why Choose
Dr. Wendy Cook?

Trauma, in its many forms, leaves an indelible mark on the psyche, reshaping perceptions, behaviors, and even the very architecture of the brain. Dr. Wendy Cook's extensive experience and training uniquely position her to address these profound impacts. Completing her Doctoral Clinical Internship at the Hispanic Clinic at Yale University, she worked closely with underrepresented populations, many of whom faced significant traumatization. Her post-doctoral training at Student Mental Health at Yale University further deepened her expertise, allowing her to support students grappling with histories of trauma, including sexual assault and various forms of abuse. This immersive experience at Yale provided her with the opportunity to learn from pioneers in trauma treatment. Drawing from the understanding that trauma can disrupt our sense of safety and trust, Dr. Cook employs interventions that prioritize re-establishing these foundational feelings. The journey to healing from trauma is not linear; it requires a delicate balance of revisiting painful memories while fostering resilience and empowerment. With Dr. Cook, you're not just getting a therapist; you're gaining a compassionate ally who understands the intricacies of trauma and the path to healing.

Dr. Wendy Cook | Clinical Psychologist

Frequently Asked Questions:

Here are some of the common questions we receive related to therapy and trauma:

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How does Atlantic Mental Health's approach to Trauma Therapy stand out? +

At Atlantic Mental Health, our approach to Trauma Therapy is rooted in a deep understanding of the multifaceted nature of trauma and its pervasive impact on the individual. Recognizing that trauma is not just an event, but a lived experience that can shape one's worldview, behaviors, and relationships, we prioritize creating a safe and nurturing environment for healing. Our trauma-informed interventions are designed to address both the immediate symptoms and the underlying causes, ensuring a holistic healing process. Furthermore, we acknowledge the importance of rebuilding trust, often fractured by traumatic experiences, and place a strong emphasis on the therapeutic relationship. At Atlantic Mental Health, we don't just treat trauma; we walk alongside our clients on their journey to reclaim their lives, fostering resilience, empowerment, and a renewed sense of self.

Is Trauma Therapy suitable for past traumas, even if they happened years ago? +

Absolutely. Trauma, whether recent or from years past, can leave lasting imprints on the mind and body. It's not uncommon for individuals to carry the weight of past traumas, sometimes without even realizing the impact it has on their present lives. At Atlantic Mental Health, we understand that the echoes of traumatic events can persist, manifesting in various ways such as anxiety, depression, relational challenges, and more. Our trauma-informed approach is designed to address and heal wounds from the past, no matter how distant. By delving into these memories and experiences in a safe and supportive environment, individuals can process, understand, and ultimately find healing and closure. It's never too late to seek help and begin the journey towards healing and reclaiming one's life.

How do you ensure a safe environment for discussing traumatic experiences? +

At Atlantic Mental Health, creating a safe and nurturing environment is paramount. We recognize the immense vulnerability it takes to discuss traumatic experiences, and we prioritize your emotional safety and confidentiality above all. Our approach is trauma-informed, ensuring that sessions progress at a pace that feels comfortable for you. Beyond the emotional safety, we uphold the highest standards of privacy. All sessions and shared information are held in strict confidence, adhering to HIPAA guidelines. Our video sessions are encrypted, and our electronic health records system ensures that your sensitive data is securely stored. We integrate grounding exercises and breathwork to help manage overwhelming emotions, always respecting and honoring your boundaries. Our commitment is to walk alongside you, providing a compassionate, understanding, and confidential space where you can heal at your own pace.

What therapeutic techniques do you employ for trauma healing? +

At Atlantic Mental Health, our approach to trauma healing is rooted in trauma-informed interventions, ensuring that we recognize and respond to the diverse effects of trauma on an individual's well-being. We employ an integrative approach, tailored to each client's unique presentation and needs. Central to our methodology is the psychodynamic perspective, which seeks to understand the deeper, often unconscious, processes and past experiences that influence current behaviors and emotions. This is complemented by trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), which aids individuals in processing their trauma and equipping them with coping strategies. Additionally, we incorporate grounding exercises, breathwork, and mindfulness practices to help manage intense emotions and remain anchored in the present moment. Our commitment to confidentiality and creating a safe, non-judgmental space ensures that individuals can freely explore and process their traumatic experiences, fostering genuine healing and growth.

How frequently should I attend Trauma Therapy sessions? +

The frequency of Trauma Therapy sessions is tailored to each individual's unique needs and the nature of their traumatic experiences. Initially, many clients find it beneficial to attend sessions weekly or twice a week to establish a therapeutic relationship and begin the healing process. As progress is made and coping mechanisms are strengthened, the frequency may be adjusted. It's essential to understand that trauma healing is a journey, and the pace will vary for everyone. At Atlantic Mental Health, we collaborate closely with our clients to determine the optimal session frequency, ensuring it aligns with their comfort, therapeutic goals, and life demands. The key is to create a rhythm that supports consistent healing while respecting each individual's pace and readiness.

Begin Your Healing Journey

Embarking on a therapeutic journey is a commendable step towards self-discovery and healing. At Atlantic Mental Health, we’re here to support and guide you every step of the way. We invite you to schedule a consultation with us, where we can discuss your needs and aspirations. To get started, simply fill out our information form, and we’ll be in touch to set up a time that works best for you. Your journey towards a more fulfilled and empowered self begins here.

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