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Complex Trauma Therapy

Unlock the path to healing from complex trauma with specialized chronic trauma therapy. In West Palm Beach, FL, our expert therapists, including Liz Chelak, MSW, CCTSI, CRPS, blend their professional expertise with personal triumph over complex trauma. With a focus on emotional regulation, memory processing, and a strong therapeutic bond, embark on a transformative journey towards resilience and renewal.

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What Is Complex Trauma?

Complex trauma refers to the experience of encountering multiple instances of distressing events or situations. These repeated exposures often lead to more profound psychological impacts compared to a one-time traumatic event.

Repeated trauma has a variety of psychological, emotional, and social impacts such as:

Complex or chronic trauma typically involves interpersonal violence, abuse, neglect, or betrayal by caregivers or significant others. Unlike single-event trauma, complex trauma occurs regularly and has significant effects on development and one’s sense of self. 

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Liz’s expertise in complex trauma provided a lifeline in my darkest moments. Her compassionate approach and specialized techniques guided me toward healing. With her support, I learned to navigate the complexities of my past.

What Does Chronic Trauma Do to a Person?

Chronic trauma has many effects such as:

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Is PTSD a Chronic Trauma?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a common response to trauma. Both acute and complex trauma have the same propensity for PTSD. 

What Are Examples of Complex Trauma?

Complex trauma refers to repeated traumatic experiences.

Some examples include:

What Does Complex Trauma Feel Like?

Complex trauma can feel like the world is a dark and evil place. You feel empty inside and depressed. It feels lonely and like no one truly understands you. You feel trapped inside a prison of your mind. You feel ashamed for not being able to get yourself out of it. Like you have no control over your life. You feel helpless and lost.

However, it is important to remember that there is help. Our therapist specialize in helping people heal from complex trauma issues. Our founder, Liz Chelak, MSW, CCTSI, CRPS has personal experience with overcoming her complex trauma and helping hundreds of people do the same. 

How Long Does Therapy for Chronic Trauma Last?

The duration of therapy depends on the agreement between you and your therapist. There is no fixed timeline for chronic trauma therapy. It is important to remember that chronic trauma can come with deeply embedded negative core beliefs, therefore therapy can be long-term. 

How Effective Is Chronic Trauma Therapy?

According to a study in PubMed, chronic trauma therapy is most effective when it focuses on:

This study showed that medication can also help decrease the effects of chronic trauma, however, it is not as effective as traditional talk therapies.

How to Find the Right Therapist for Chronic Trauma?

The right therapist for chronic trauma is not necessarily someone who specializes in working with your specific traumatic event, but someone who has personal experience coupled with education and training in trauma therapy. The best trauma therapist is someone who has not only studied effective methods of treatment but someone who has gone through the experience of healing themselves.

Emerge from the shadows of complex trauma with the dedicated support of our expert therapists in West Palm. Unveil the strength within you, equipped with the tools of chronic trauma therapy. Take the first step towards your transformative journey by reaching out to us 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.