Trauma isn’t always something people talk about. In fact, many people don’t even realize that what they’ve experienced can have a traumatic effect on them and their relationships, each and every day.
In trauma therapy, we examine the past with new eyes to help you understand what happened to you and how to move on to living a better, happier life.
While we may not always call it trauma, nearly every child grows up experiencing some form of Adverse Childhood Experience, or ACE. These include:
What’s more, many children experience two or more of these situations, creating a complex web of social, emotional, and mental issues as they grow to adults.
Studies show a strong link between ACEs and violence, substance abuse, mental disorders, and other issues in adulthood.
Signs that past trauma may be affecting your life today are:
Many adults are never able to get past these issues because tackling them alone can seem impossible. They do the best they can, but struggle.
Counseling offers a better alternative.
Despite the fact that an Adverse Childhood Experience is never the child’s fault, many people, adults and children, blame themselves. You may feel responsibility for the event itself, or for your behavior since. The first step toward letting go of the hold these traumas have is letting go of self-blame.
When you work with Ekong Counseling Center, we’ll start by assessing your past with a questionnaire designed to uncover behaviors that may be a sign that trauma is affecting your life. Based on those results, we’ll move forward with a personalized treatment plan to help you unpack the past so you can put it behind you.
Dr. Ekong’s techniques are tailor-made for couples who truly have a desire to communicate clearly and succinctly. For the first time in nearly 30 years of marriage, we are able to listen and hear one another. This enables us to better understand, (even if we might not always agree), one another and eliminate needless arguments about who is “right” and who is “wrong.” Love is developed and nurtured in understanding, not always in compliance nor always in consensus.
It is difficult to find words great enough to describe how much my therapy sessions with Dr Ekong have helped to change my life. As I went through the shock and pain of a cancer diagnosis and chemotherapy treatment, I met with Dr Ekong once a week. And I continued sessions even after chemotherapy ended. Not only was Dr Ekong an integral part of my healing process specifically through cancer treatment, she has helped beyond this as well. I guess the best metaphor I can think of is peeling back layers of an onion until you get right down to the core. Dr. Ekong has a way of helping me to peel back the layers of my life, my experiences, my stories, so that I can find and explore my very essence, who I really am, my authentic self. To say she was an integral part of my physical and mental healing is an understatement. I have found my voice and I am changing my life, moving in the direction of my authentic self and I couldn’t be happier! I could not have done this on my own and I am forever grateful for Dr Ekong’s professional excellence and personalized therapy. Her voice is still in my head! I think she should write a book called “Lavinia-isms”. I would be the first in line to buy it!
My MD prescribed some medication to help balance me out but I did not take it right away. I do not like taking medicine unless it is absolutely necessary. Dr. Ekong and I spoke and she explained to me how the medicine would work and that it was not a lifetime commitment. I began the medication and along with therapy twice a week. How did I get here? Was I losing my mind? Was I mentally ill? No! I needed some help. Why is it that we treat our physical injuries, but dismiss our mental health issues? Can the body operate without the brain? The brain is our most important organ. Since beginning the medication, therapy, and the coping techniques that Dr. Ekong taught me, I am now able to live in the moment. With her help and my willingness, I have let go of fear and anxiety. I have learned to listen to my inner self.
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