Most of us have experienced trauma, whether we realize it or not. Trauma is any negative event that causes us emotional pain and sticks with us. You may have been dealing with the effects of trauma for years or even decades, or you may have experienced a recent traumatic event or life change, such as an injury or job loss, that has caused you to change the way you think about yourself.
Emotional trauma can have long-lasting effects on our minds, bodies, and relationships with others. Whether you’ve been struggling since childhood as a result of abuse or neglect, or are dealing with a recent major life change, trauma can lead to depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, unhealthy relationships, guilt and shame, or poor job/academic functioning.
When you leave trauma untreated, its effects can worsen over time. Are you easily angered? Do you have poor self-esteem or a lack of confidence? Are you in an unhealthy relationship? Do you have a hard time focusing or getting things done? Are the same obsessive thoughts replaying in your mind over and over again? These feelings are common symptoms of emotional trauma that can impact every part of our lives if we allow them to.
Psychotherapy can help you heal from painful experiences so you can live a productive and fulfilling life. If you’re ready to break free from the pain, contact Jordan Zipkin, LMFT today.
I’ve been helping people heal from emotional trauma and gain back their confidence for years. Through a collaborative approach, we’ll figure out where you want your life to go. You’ll take the lead and have the freedom to explore who you want to be and what you want your life to look like. Some positive effects from therapy include improving your self-esteem, gaining confidence, experiencing fewer panic attacks, maintaining healthy relationships, calming your obsessive, ruminative thoughts, and communicating more clearly and assertively.
Therapy can help you reduce the anxiety, shame, or depression that result from a painful experience. I use a psychoanalytic approach to help you fully understand your trauma. Together we will analyze the traumatic experience and figure out how you got to where you are now. I provide a safe, nonjudgmental environment where you can explore and fully understand your story. Healing begins by first understanding the trauma and its symptoms. You will learn how to shed that guilt or shame that’s weighing you down and become more understanding of yourself.
Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) you’ll begin to notice your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, and how they interact. We’ll identify the patterns and replace them with healthier options to minimize anxiety, anger, and depression. You’ll be able to notice when unhealthy, unrealistic thoughts you don’t want start to creep in and have the skills to stop those thoughts and replace them with healthy ones in the moment. You will be equipped with the tools to stay calm and have a less intense emotional response when triggering thoughts or events take place. I will teach you how to break the cycle of negative thinking and learn to be more positive and kinder to yourself. As a result, you will feel more confident and be able to communicate your feelings and thoughts more effectively with others, so you can take control of your life.
I use mindfulness to teach you to be present and aware of your mind and body. You are here now, not in the past experiencing those painful moments. You’ll learn that the symptoms you are experiencing are the result of a traumatic event, not who you are. Mindfulness teaches us to enjoy the moment we’re in by not allowing our trauma to take hold of the present.
Jordan Zipkin, LMFT is a licensed psychotherapist located in Palm Beach Gardens and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. If you are ready to heal from painful experiences, gain back self-confidence, and live a fulfilling life, call 561-214-4113 or schedule an appointment online.