By Dr. Kate Truitt In our practice we embody something we call Allyship, which is the foundation of our Affirming…
Trauma Counseling Center
of Los Angeles
From time to time, we all experience things that effect us negatively or that we experience as traumatic. Sometimes it is hard to let it go or it feels like it is hanging on. There are times we need additional tools to get past an issue, situation or history of trauma. We make neuroassociations that can make it hard to move forward. At TCCLA, we use cutting edge modalities in addition to talking to reduce these symptoms and help you get back on track. While talk therapy is helpful, Somatic therapies, EMDR, Brainspotting and the Havening Technique® are powerful for helping people move past trauma and anxiety. This is a different kind of therapy and it doesn’t have to take years. It takes an attuned skilled therapist with cutting-edge modalities and willingness to change. Feel free to look around this website and call. We are happy to answer any questions.
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Talk therapy and trauma therapy are very similar. They both begin with talking, listening, and attunement. However, at a certain point, trauma therapy will be about targeting the material that is upsetting or in the way of our enjoyment. As therapists at the Trauma Counseling Center of Los Angeles, we look for an “in.“ What this might sound like in therapy is: would you like to work with that? Or, would you like to go a little deeper with that? Or, is this something that would be good for us to target? It is your choice. Sometimes, people say “yes, let’s work with this.” Other times they may say “no, I don’t want to, I’d rather just talk today.”
Here’s the hard part: as a client, sometimes our consciousness or our mind that helped us survive gets in the way. A part of our self may not want us to get better even though that doesn’t make rational sense. Additionally, there are parts of us that know giving up a wound or a way of thinking will cause us to change. This can be scary.
Going to therapy of any kind takes a great deal of strength, willingness, commitment, and surrender. This is not to say it can’t be enjoyable. A skilled therapist can take us towards our material and then away from it so we can breathe, and then gently brings us back to the material. In fact, sometimes our own systems do this naturally. We talk about something intense and then we switch subjects and then later come back. This is one of the ways we unwind trauma skillfully.
Therapy is a collaborative experience. Therefore, we, as therapists, can only work with you with what you bring into the room. If you don’t want to talk, then we can be still with you. If you want to try some of the additional modalities we offer that are designed for trauma or anxiety, we are excited to share what we have found has worked for many people. We want you to have the best possible therapy.
We will seek feedback from you. For example, at the Trauma Counseling Center of Los Angeles, we might ask, “how is this going for you? Is there anything I could be doing more, better, or different for you? How was our last session?” To the best of our ability, we will also make any adjustments we can. Also, if we together determine our approach is not a good fit, then we will give you names of referrals.