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Childhood Trauma Therapy in West Palm Beach, FL

Welcome to a transformative experience led by Liz Chelak, MSW, CCTSI, CRPS, a respected childhood trauma therapist in West Palm Beach. Equipped with education, certification, and lived experience, Liz offers a journey of healing and recovery. Discover the power of evidence-based treatments under Liz's compassionate guidance. With TF-CBT, REBT, and NET, she paves the way to a brighter future, helping you overcome childhood trauma and embrace a life of fulfillment.

Liz Chelak, MSW, CCTSI, CRPS is a highly renowned therapist in West Palm Beach, licensed by the Florida Board of Social Work. Liz trained at Long Island University, Florida Atlantic University, and was certified in trauma therapy by the Arizona Trauma Institute. Liz specializes in childhood trauma therapy and is highly experienced in helping hundreds of clients heal from childhood trauma and live fulfilling and rewarding lives.

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If you experienced childhood trauma, healing is possible in our safe, comfortable, and nonjudgmental office. Liz is the top-rated trauma therapist in West Palm Beach with not only the education and training in trauma therapy but the lived experience of healing from her traumatic past and creating a successful life and career utilizing empathy to help others. She has earned a reputation with her clients to be a caring, empathetic, relatable, and personable trauma therapist utilizing evidence-based interventions to help her clients heal from childhood trauma in a safe and comfortable environment.

How to Heal From Childhood Trauma?

Childhood trauma is one of the most common causes of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms.

Symptoms of PTSD from childhood trauma include:

Healing from childhood trauma is possible with the guidance of a skilled trauma therapist who specializes in utilizing evidence-based interventions within a safe and supportive environment.

As a licensed clinical social worker, Liz Chelak has helped numerous clients overcome childhood trauma by utilizing highly effective treatments such as:

With Liz’s expertise and support, clients can work through their trauma in a compassionate and non-judgmental space.

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“In my experience, the most effective aspect of therapy is the therapeutic relationship. Establishing trust between a client and clinician is the first step to healing.”

What is Childhood Trauma?

Childhood trauma can result from any type of abuse, whether it be physical, emotional, or sexual abuse, neglect, or exposure to dangerous situations, domestic violence, natural disasters, or accidents.  These traumatic experiences can have long-lasting effects on an individual’s mental and physical health and may manifest in a variety of symptoms later in life. It is important to seek the help of a qualified trauma therapist to address and work through these issues in a safe and supportive environment.

Prevalence of Childhood Trauma

How to Treat Childhood Trauma in Adults?

Our therapists provide childhood trauma therapy for adults in West Palm Beach from a trauma-informed perspective. A qualified and experienced trauma therapist can provide an accurate assessment and diagnosis, create an individualized treatment plan, and provide a safe environment to process your childhood trauma and decrease trauma symptoms.

How Does Childhood Trauma Affect the Brain?

Experiencing a traumatic event as a child has a profound effect on the brain. Trauma occurs when a memory of a distressing event becomes encoded in the brain with heightened emotional intensity. During this time an increased amount of cortisol is released in the brain. When cortisol levels are elevated for a prolonged period, it can have negative effects on the body.

Some of the side effects of high levels of cortisol in the body include:

These symptoms can be alleviated through childhood trauma therapy for adults. Our therapists are committed to helping their clients overcome childhood trauma symptoms in a private and confidential space in West Palm Beach.

Understanding Types of Childhood Trauma

How Childhood Trauma Affects Adulthood?

Childhood trauma in adults can have serious consequences on all areas of your life.

Some symptoms of childhood trauma in adulthood include:

Working with a compassionate childhood trauma therapist can help you reduce these symptoms and begin to live a fulfilling life.

How to Remember Childhood Trauma?

A common childhood trauma symptom is memory impairment. However, remembering your childhood trauma should only be done in a safe and supportive environment with an experienced childhood trauma therapist.

How Childhood Trauma Can Affect Health?

Childhood trauma can have a significant on physical health. Traumatic experiences increase the levels of the stress hormones: cortisol and adrenaline.

Excessive stress hormones can cause physical symptoms such as:

Childhood trauma can have negative effects on your physical health as well as your mental health. By processing and healing your trauma in therapy you can decrease the risk of the above health complications.

How to Recover From Childhood Trauma?

Through therapy for childhood trauma with an experienced trauma therapist, you can reduce your trauma symptoms. Our therapists provide childhood trauma therapy for adults in West Palm Beach, FL using evidenced-based interventions such as trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TFCBT), rational emotive behavioral therapy (REBT), and narrative exposure therapy (NET).

How to Know if You Have Childhood Trauma?

Here are some questions to find out if you have experienced childhood trauma.

If you answered yes to one or two of the above questions you are at a higher risk of a range of negative outcomes, such as depression, anxiety, and substance abuse.

If you answered yes to three or four of the above questions you are at a higher risk of chronic health conditions, mental health disorders, and lower educational attainment.

If you answered yes to five or more of the above questions you are at a higher risk of chronic health conditions, mental health disorders, and lower educational attainment, engaging in risky behaviors such as substance abuse, early sexual activity, and criminal activity.

Answering yes to five or more questions also increases your risk of binge drinking, heavy drinking, smoking, risky HIV behavior, diabetes, myocardial infarction, coronary heart disease, stroke, depression, disability due to health, and use of special equipment due to disability.

How to Find a Good Psychologist for Past Childhood Trauma?

When seeking a psychologist or therapist for childhood trauma, it’s important to find a therapist who is certified in trauma therapy and has experience working with adults who have experienced childhood trauma. Look for therapists in your area who specialize in trauma-focused therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), and narrative exposure therapy (NET). Consider reading reviews or asking for recommendations from trusted sources to find a therapist who is a good fit for you.

What Kind of Therapist Do I Need for Childhood Trauma?

Healing childhood trauma requires a therapist who is trained and experienced in treating clients who have trauma. Overcoming childhood trauma is possible with a therapist who has the personal experience of going through traumatic experiences and healing through them.

I have experienced complex childhood trauma as well as substance use challenges and have the personal experience of overcoming these challenges and creating a fulfilling life for myself. I would love to help you achieve the goals you set out for yourself.

Liz’s experience gives her the ability to have a deeper level of understanding and provide a more empathetic and relatable approach to therapy. She can offer valuable insights and perspectives from her personal experiences, while still maintaining a professional therapeutic relationship.

How Does Therapy Help Childhood Trauma?

Healing childhood trauma can help you:

Working together with an experienced trauma therapist you can heal your childhood trauma, decrease the emotional charge associated with the memories, and develop the skills necessary to build the life you desire.

How Long Does Therapy Take for Childhood Trauma?

A good trauma therapist will create an individualized treatment plan with you based on your personal goals and their professional assessment. The length of treatment depends on you and your therapist.  Typically, trauma therapy begins with psychoeducation on trauma symptoms and assessment. In the next step, you will develop and practice regulation skills. The following phase involves processing trauma. Finally, you will begin to integrate the work you have done in sessions into your daily life.

Is There an Effective Treatment for Childhood Trauma?

Our therapists have extensive experience helping their clients heal from childhood trauma. With effort and commitment to therapy you, too, can overcome your childhood trauma, feel peace, and regain control of your emotions. After completing trauma therapy you can feel more self-aware, be able to identify your triggers, and develop healthy coping mechanisms. Ultimately, overcoming trauma can lead to a more fulfilling and satisfying life.

How to Get Childhood Trauma Therapy?

To find effective trauma therapy look for a therapist who specializes in trauma therapy in your area. We utilize evidence-based interventions to help you heal from childhood trauma in West Palm Beach.

What Therapy Is Best for Childhood Trauma?

The Trauma Therapy Center utilizes researched and proven interventions for childhood trauma trauma such as TFCBT, REBT, EMDR, and NET.

Should I See Therapy for Childhood Trauma?

You should seek therapy for childhood trauma if you experience trauma symptoms such as:

If you experience side effects such as depression, anxiety, substance use, or others but don’t remember a specific traumatic event, you might have experienced childhood trauma. Even if you don’t remember it, trauma therapy can help you resolve these issues and start enjoying your life.

What Are Evidence-Based Treatments for Childhood Trauma?

Healing childhood trauma is a multifaceted process, but change is possible. You can eliminate your depression, anxiety, feelings of emptiness, and negative beliefs by working with a trauma therapist.

Our therapists utilize evidence-based treatments for childhood trauma including:

How Much Does Childhood Trauma Therapy Cost?

We understand that caring for your mental health is incredibly important, especially when it comes to overcoming childhood trauma. To ensure our therapy is accessible, we provide various session options tailored to your needs. For a personal touch, our in-person sessions for childhood trauma therapy are available in three lengths: a brief but effective 30-minute session for $110, a more in-depth 45-minute session for $165, and a comprehensive full-hour session for $220. To reserve your time with us, we ask for a deposit of half the session cost.

Should you prefer the convenience of connecting from your own safe space, we also offer virtual or online sessions for childhood trauma therapy. These are more affordable, with a 30-minute session at $75, a 45-minute session at $125, and a full-hour session at only $150. A small deposit of $25 is required to secure any online session, regardless of duration. It’s our way of ensuring that compassionate, effective help is within easy reach for those healing from childhood experiences.

Childhood trauma is highly common. Many adults experience PTSD from experiences that occurred in their childhood. Therapy for childhood trauma in West Palm Beach can help you find satisfaction in life. Call us to schedule an appointment today. 

Page Modified on Mar 3, 2024 by Liz Chelak (Trauma Therapist)

The information on this website is to provide a general information. In no way does any of the information provided reflect a definitive treatment advice. It is important to consult a best in class trauma counselor in WPB regarding ANY questions or issues. A thorough evaluation should ALWAYS be performed for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. Be sure to call your local trauma therapist, to schedule a assessment.