Trauma-informed Therapy in Chicago

“Trauma is primarily physiological…it is something that happens initially to our bodies and our instincts. Only then do its effects spread to our minds, emotions and spirits.” – Dr. Peter Levine


The effects of trauma

After experiencing a traumatic event or you can often feel overwhelmed.  You may feel unsafe in your body. You may struggle with ashamed, and avoid situations.  Your memories may seem unclear or missing, but remembering can feel re-traumatizing. Trauma can cause depression, anger, recurring thoughts of the event, physical reactions like headaches and chest pains, insomnia, and low-self-esteem.


Racial trauma

Racial trauma, or race-based traumatic stress (RBTS), refers to emotional injury caused by racial bias, racism, and hate crimes.When a person experiences an emotionally painful, sudden, and uncontrollable racist encounter they are at risk of suffering from a race-based traumatic stress injury. In the U.S., Black, Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) are most vulnerable due to systemic racism prevalent in our society. Prolonged incidents of racism can lead to symptoms similar to with PTSD. Symptoms can look different across different cultural groups.


Trauma-Informed Therapy

Trauma-informed therapy provides a safe way in which to address the past.  Therapy can restore a sense of control in your life. Trauma informed therapies can address  post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), sexual abuse, sexual assault, childhood trauma, racial trauma, grief, dissociative disorders, self-injury and witnessing violence. Read more about the mind, the body, and trauma in this interview with Bonnie Badenoch.


Trauma Therapy at Lakeview

Lakeview Center therapists trained in trauma work offer Body-Mind Psychotherapy (BMP), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Somatic Experiencing (SE), which are integrated with psychodynamic therapy.

Body-Mind Psychotherapy (BMP) uses the practice of embodiment and meditative awareness for healing and integration. This process reintroduces us to the innate intelligence of the body.

EMDR targets traumatic memories that get “stuck” and hinder functioning.  Eye movements combined with specific methods of recalling memories help to  healing and resolve trauma.

Somatic Experiencing (SE) is a body-based therapy that works to restore the nervous system’s natural responses.  When these natural responses are safely engaged again, symptoms associated with PTSD will decrease.

For more information about trauma therapies, please contact us.