Therapy for Trauma & Abuse

I offer compassionate therapy for trauma and abuse survivors.

Trauma and Abuse Aren’t Always Obvious

Sometimes trauma is obvious like past sexual abuse/assault, or domestic violence, but sometimes it is subtle, like a parent who was never able to hug you when you were sad, or living in a culture that stereotypes your race, gender, or sexual identity as lesser than.

Often, we have no idea that our experiences “qualify” as traumatic and that the way we relate to others and see ourselves may be part of how we are coping with what happened to us. These coping mechanisms may have helped us survive the immediate aftermath of our trauma but have now become the source of problems in our lives.We may not even realize our behaviors are related to a traumatic history.

Symptoms related to a traumatic and abusive history:

  • Hyper vigilance
  • Angry outbursts
  • Social anxiety
  • Uncontrolled feelings of irritation, disconnection, or even feeling out of your body
  • Trouble sleeping and/or disturbing dreams
  • Headaches and/or stomach aches
  • Reoccurring painful images in your mind
  • Avoidance of things you used to love: an activity, place, or relationship
  • Being with others (even people you like) is hard and stressful

Trauma Always Shows Back Up – When You Least Expect It

In my work I have seen many people who have lived through traumatic stress downplay their experiences and living life feeling like something is wrong with them. Suffering in silence. No matter how we push it away or pack it up in a box and bury it deep inside ourselves, trauma has a way of showing up in our lives causing us pain and disconnection from ourselves and the ones we love.

Relationships, even healthy ones, can trigger underlying trauma you’ve experienced. Emotional triggers can cause adverse reactions, fulfilling negative patterns in your psyche. Identifying and dealing with those demons head-on can create a stronger foundation on which to build the rest of your life.

No Matter What Type of Trauma You May Have Experienced, I am Ready to Help

Over the years I have been honored to work with many clients who have experienced devastating trauma in their lives. My therapeutic approach to trauma work is holistic and involves supporting you in breaking free from the burden and weight that trauma has brought into your mind, body, and relationships. I offer a safe, judgement-free space to tell the story that will no longer define you – it is only a part of you of your life journey.

As your therapist I will:

  • Work at your pace and meet you where you are
  • Provide research-based psycho-education about the way trauma affects your brain and your nervous system
  • Empower you to “own” your trauma story ‘
  • Help you identify the origin of your feelings
  • Help you identify when you are triggered by past traumatic stress
  • Identify your strengths and resiliency
  • Help you trust your instincts again
  • Provide grounding skills to battle destructive emotions and behavior
  • Nurture your desire to connect with others in an authentic way
  • Help you feel better about yourself and identify your self-worth

Change and growth are possible even when it seems like all is lost.

Through our work together you will move through your grief and abuse, finding hope on the other side. If you have questions, you can reach out by phone ((720) 336-9220), email (susan@counselingservicesofdenver.com) or through the Contact Form on my site. If you are ready, you can schedule a Free Initial Consultation to meet in-person and see if we are the right fit.

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TRAUMA & ABUSE AREA OF EXPERTISE

PTSD

Grief & Loss

Bullying & Oppression

Painful Sex

Anger Issues

Social Anxiety

Assault

Sexual Assault

Self-Harm

Domestic Violence

Emotional Abuse

Childhood Sexual Abuse

Depression

Anxiety

A Safe Place to Get Started.

It takes courage to take the first step. I offer a free, non-judgemental, confidential consultation for new clients.

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What People Have Been Saying

I love supporting my clients as they create meaningful and fulfilling lives through increased self-awareness, acceptance and action.

“Susan is a mature, compassionate and intuitive therapist. She has an approachable presence and is tactful in helping clients change their internal narrative to create change in their life. I highly recommend her and her thoughtful counseling services!”

Kelly S.
“Susan is warm and compassionate in her approach to individual counseling and family therapy. She is very talented and well informed as a clinician. I feel privileged to know Susan as a person and as a professional.”
Samantha T.
“Without Susan I don’t think my life would be where it is right now, she is giving myself and my husband the tools we need to have a successful relationship and the ability to enjoy life together. She taught us how to understand and respect each other’s feelings and personalities, and without that, we wouldn’t be where we are.”
Couple
“We found Susan during a difficult time in our marriage and could not be more pleased. She has proven to be invaluable in her ability to listen to each of us and instill peace and clarity in our communication. Sessions with her have always felt safe and open and with her guidance, we have been able to experience pivotal breakthroughs that have strengthened our relationship…”
Rachel & Jason, Couple