Trauma is often associated with experiences like past abuse or domestic violence, but sometimes trauma is more subtle, like an absent caretaker during formative years of your life, 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.
DFI’s therapists take a strength-based approach to healing and working through trauma so that clients can start to go through life with more freedom and ease.