Alia Mai MSW, RCC

Therapy for Trauma

What is trauma?

While trauma can lead to complex reactions, its definition is surprisingly straightforward. Trauma occurs when something deeply affects your nervous system and body.

This means trauma can linger from events that might be harder to recognize or ones you’ve dismissed as insignificant (which is also a trauma response!). Whether it’s a major traumatic event or ongoing smaller distresses, the physical and mental impact can be similar.

Trauma Counseling: How I can support you

The heart of trauma healing starts with finding safety and reclaiming control. When we face trauma, our bodies do everything possible to keep us safe, both physically and mentally. In our sessions, our top priority is creating a safe space where you’re in charge. You’ll never be pressured to share more than you’re comfortable with – you set the pace.

Once safety is established, we’ll explore how trauma has impacted your body and daily life. It’s common to feel disconnected from your body after trauma, but our goal is to reconnect and feel safe within yourself once again.

A question often asked is, “How long will this take?” In my decade-plus of working with trauma, I’ve learned that healing takes time, but it does happen – that much I can promise. Sometimes, we retell our stories over and over until one day, they no longer weigh us down. Healing from trauma requires effort, but I’m here to walk alongside you every step of the way.

What shapes does trauma take and what areas do I focus on in my practice?