Trauma


Have you ever had an experience that left you feeling unsafe or like you don’t know who you are anymore? Have you struggled to come to terms with this experience, had trouble making sense of it, or found it affecting your ability to thrive and function in your day-to-day life? We can help you heal, and to recover your sense of safety and self.

We consider trauma to be any event or experience, whether it occurred recently or long ago, that you are unable to fully process, during which your sense of self or safety is disrupted. This could result from a wide range of experiences, including but not limited to: abuse/neglect, medical trauma, loss of a loved one or a loving relationship, natural disasters, assault, the state of the world, and/or community violence.  Whether you have experienced a big “T” trauma, or a little “t” trauma, whether the trauma was a one-time event or an ongoing situation, survivors often feel that their lives are out of control.

At CCP, we are trained to guide you in a safe and non-judgmental way, to help you come to terms with whatever happened. We will help increase your resiliency, even if your experience is not reflected in the list above.

Trauma affects everyone differently. There is no single set of symptoms for trauma, but chances are that you have experienced all or some of the following: insomnia, irritability, memory loss, anxiety, depression, numbness, trouble relaxing, trouble connecting with others, trust issues, flash-backs, nightmares, concentration issues, feeling “stuck,” guilt/shame, feeling out of your body, chronic pain, or sexual disruption. While trauma symptoms are a normal bodily response, without guidance they can feel disruptive, overwhelming, and permanent. We will help you to slow that process down so that you can grow from these experiences and regain a sense of power/agency in your life.


How we can help:

  • Providing education on the natural and biological ways our bodies respond to trauma
  • Process the initial shock and crisis
  • Relationship building skills
  • Coping tools for managing and healing your trauma symptoms
  • Re-teaching you how to feel safe in the world, and regain your ability to trust
  • Safety planning
  • LGBTQ affirmative services


Modalities offered include TF-CBT, DBT, Somatic Experiencing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Person-centered Therapy, ACT, Mindfulness Meditation, Internal Family Systems, Reiki, and others as appropriate.

 “Being able to feel safe with other people is probably the single most important aspect of mental health; safe connections are fundamental to meaningful and satisfying lives.”
       ~ Bessel A. van der Kolk


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137 N. Oak Park Avenue, Suite 327,
Oak Park, IL 60301

Chicago Center for Psychotherapy, LLC 

​180 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 605,
Chicago, IL 60601

Chicago Center for Psychotherapy, LLC (CCP)

708.848.0491

WWW.CCPTHERAPISTS.COM




Trauma