“Traumatic events are extraordinary, not because they occur rarely, but rather because they overwhelm the ordinary human adaptations to life.” – Judith Herman
The impact of trauma is both immediate and chronic. It is experienced in the mind and body and creates a lasting impact on how we see ourselves and others.
Trauma can take many forms including:
- Sexual abuse
- Childhood abuse
- Medical Trauma
- Interpersonal Trauma
- Attachment Trauma
- Community Trauma, COVID-19
- Witnessing Violence
- Loss/Death of Loved Ones
How Therapy Can Help
A trusting, therapeutic relationship can create an opportunity for an individual to process their traumatic events, alleviate distressing psychological symptoms, build resilience, strengthen one’s sense of self and develop skills to better cope and manage the intense feelings and fears that accompany trauma.
Our therapists work hard to create a safe and open environment, with a focus on building a strong therapeutic relationship. We incorporate a number of evidence-based practices, chosen specifically to address your experience, needs, and goals. Our therapists are skilled in a number of techniques and approaches to assist in alleviating current distressing symptoms as well as processing your trauma.
In children, the process of addressing trauma requires a safe and compassionate environment to explore and process their experience. Our clinicians take care to create a space that supports self exploration, with attention to helping identify emotions and build resilience. Play therapy is a critical component of creating an opportunity for children to process and move through their trauma(s). You can learn more here about why play therapy is indicated for children experiencing symptoms of PTSD.
Our therapists are committed to building a genuine and sincere connection with our clients and believe therapeutic work can only be done in the context of a safe therapeutic alliance. Alexandria Place Therapy is made up of clinicians with diverse clinical backgrounds and expertise including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) , Tension & Trauma Release Exercises (or TRE®) and Trauma Sensitive Yoga. We have wisdom and expertise developed over years of working with adults, children and families who have experienced trauma.
To schedule an appointment with one of our therapists or for more information about our services, please complete the form here or give us a call on our main line at 703.963.4261. We will respond to your call or email within 24 hours, or on the next business day.