Trauma Counseling Center
of Los Angeles
People who struggle with trauma experience an extra layer of difficulty in life that others do not. Often, this manifests as anxiety, procrastination, overreacting or underreacting to situations, lack of energy, a sense of defeatism, or a somatization in the development of physical symptoms. Here at TCCLA, we use cutting edge modalities to reduce these symptoms and get our clients back on track. While talk therapy is helpful, Somatic therapy, EMDR, Brainspotting and Havening are more effective for helping people move trauma. Without the type of skilled treatment that the Trauma Counseling Center of Los Angeles offers, adults may find themselves unable to manage the symptoms of trauma and find themselves stuck in patterns of living that are unsatisfying. It doesn’t have to be this way and there is hope.
What You Can Expect
in Trauma Therapy
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.