Trauma work is so timely as we have passed over the one year mark of a global pandemic, a universal experience that may have triggered trauma reactions in so many. We were all impacted, and forever changed and are still not through as we enter another wave. As a trauma informed therapist I am aware of life experiences having significant, even traumatic, long term effects.
Depending on a person’s level of resiliency the affects may vary and at times professional support is needed. Professionally I have spent a dozen years working for a non profit that served a population exposed to generational trauma. We provided services that were clinic based, community based and in the public schools. I have worked with all ages from young children to grandparents and as a social worker I use a systems perspective. Before the non profit, I worked in addictions treatment both at Pathways inpatient treatment center and Chrysalis House, a residential treatment program for women with their children.
The majority of those struggling with addiction have trauma histories or unresolved grief issues. In addition, my private practice since 2013, which is all virtual now, has served a broader population of people and their needs. I have been experienced and trained in treating trauma; family of origin issues; addiction issues and impacts; various levels of abuse; relationship conflict, including estrangement and alienation; as well as grief work.
This life can be so hard, and a global pandemic just compounds typical life challenges. I was once told my name Roberta means “Bright Counselor” and I strive to promote a positive and strength based perspective, using evidenced based interventions and reflecting unconditional positive regard. My hope is to always reflect and enhance hope to those in my path.