As a Trauma therapist in Cincinnati, I explain trauma to my clients as experiences or situations that are emotionally painful and distressing, and that devastate survivors’ ability to respond constructively, leaving them feeling helpless. Trauma is defined by the American Psychological Association (APA) as the emotional response someone has to an extremely negative event. The emotional effects of trauma can be debilitating to many, and might require expert help to restore normal functioning.


In my experience as a Trauma psychotherapist, the most common causes of Trauma that my adult clients have expressed include:

  • Sexual abuse and/or rape

  • Physical and emotional neglect as children

  • Terrorist attacks or severe natural disasters

  • Abrupt separation from loved ones by death or other means

  • Witnessing an act of violence


As a Trauma therapist, I have heard a wide range of symptoms associated with experiencing traumatic events. Some of the most common symptoms reported by clients in Trauma therapy are

  • Shock, denial, or disbelief

  • Anger, irritability, mood swings

  • Guilt, shame, self-blame

  • Feeling sad or hopeless

  • Confusion, difficulty concentrating

  • Anxiety and fear

  • Withdrawing from others

  • Feeling disconnected or numb

  • Insomnia or nightmares

  • Being startled easily

  • Racing heartbeat

  • Aches and pains

  • Fatigue

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Edginess and agitation

  • Muscle tension

This list is in no way exhaustive. Different people experience different symptoms for Trauma that can range in severity and expression.


Because Trauma is rooted in events out of the ordinary, my primary focus as a Trauma counselor is to work with my client on creating order and routine and a sense of familiarity in the Trauma counseling process. Things as simple as meeting at the same time of day, the same day of the week, and sitting in the same spot week in and week out may seem trivial, but can go a long way in allowing a sense of consistency to develop which helps my clients relax and explore their many feelings towards the trauma. Establishing an excellent relationship with my Trauma clients is key as well. I do not pretend to know how they feel or what the must be going through, because the truth is, I don’t. What I try to do is gently walk with them on their path to healing, and going at their pace. I don’t ask my clients to recount traumatic events to me, and if they want to at their own accord, I help them tread lightly and go at a pace that does not re traumatize them.


My Journey with Trauma clients is generally divided into two stages:


Stage 1 includes:

  • Exploring feelings and impressions associated with the traumatic event(s)

  • Understanding our body’s defense mechanisms, and recognizing when the client is engaging fight or flight responses.

  • Gaining new skills and awareness to self soothe and regulate emotions

  • Finding new ways, and revisiting old ways of connecting with and trusting other people

Stage 2 includes:

  • Discussing new “post trauma” goals and aspirations

  • Understanding and leveraging personal resilience

  • Regaining sense of agency over the client’s own life

  • Experimenting with relationships while in the safety of the therapeutic relationship


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Cincinnati, Ohio 45242

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Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

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Cincinnati, Ohio 45209

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West Chester, Ohio 45069

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Florence, KY 41042

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