“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.”

—Helen Keller

Trauma Therapy

Trauma Therapy

When people are abused, a core part of the injury is the relational injury—the betrayal—that often changes not only a person’s sense of safety, but their view of the world and who they are in it. These understandings, informed by the distortions of an abusive environment, can go on to create havoc on an adult’s sense of self and in that person’s relationships. Additionally, many survivors continue to experience aspects of the trauma—they quietly cope with flashbacks, body memories, nightmares, fears and anxieties…

As terrible as trauma and abuse are, we also find in our clients a real resilience. We value the whole person, and know that the traumatic experiences are just one aspect, though often very impactful. We collaborate with our survivor clients to understand and rework the narratives created by abuse. Together we seek to identify triggers, reactions and patterns with the goal of deepening understanding and compassion, developing strategies to cope, and moving toward new experience, enabling change, growth, and healing.

Evanston Relational Psychotherapy is LGBTQ-affirmative and welcomes people of all genders, sexual orientations, relationship configurations, and lifestyles.