Trauma and PTSD/cPTSD Somatic Therapy

Trauma Therapy Richmond

Somatic trauma expert Peter Levine states, “Trauma is not what happens to us, but what we hold inside in the absence of an empathetic witness.” At HeartMind Resiliency, our therapists hold the space of empathetic witnesses, as you heal from the wounds and pain that trauma leaves in its wake. As one of Richmond’s premier trauma therapy practices, we are skilled in cutting edge modalities to support your healing from trauma and post traumatic stress. In fact, we see symptom reduction as just part of the recovery process, and are here to help you build resiliency and post traumatic growth.

Our transformative approach to healing and growth emphasizes the inherent health within each individual who has experienced trauma while also recognizing that trauma can disrupt a person’s sense of safety, self-worth, and connection to self and others. We integrate elements of neuroscience, somatic psychology, attachment theory, depth psychology and mindfulness-based practices to support each individual’s unique journey towards recovery. This takes place within a safe and nurturing therapeutic environment, where clients are empowered to explore and process their traumatic experiences at a pace that feels comfortable for them. Clients will learn to cultivate self-compassion, develop healthy coping strategies, and rebuild a sense of trust in themselves and the world around them.

What is Trauma?

Classic PTSD is medically defined as a debilitating mental health condition that results from experiencing or witnessing a life threatening event, such as an accident, natural disaster, abuse, assault, or combat. Symptoms may include intrusive memories, flashbacks, nightmares, hypervigilance, emotional numbness, avoidance behaviors, and difficulty in maintaining relationships.

In the heart of Richmond, our trauma therapy services at HeartMind Resiliency are dedicated to helping individuals overcome the lasting impact of trauma. Our expert therapists are trained in evidence-based approaches to trauma recovery, providing a safe and compassionate space for healing. We understand that trauma can manifest in various ways, affecting both mental and physical well-being.


However, a more comprehensive and accurate lens on traumatic stress also views how developmental and relational stress and trauma, can profoundly affect us. In fact, we don’t have to have had extreme or dramatic events happen for us to experience trauma. For instance, complex post traumatic stress may develop as a result of chronic interpersonal stress, a chaotic childhood or lack of safety in our surroundings. In addition to the symptoms of PTSD, C-PTSD often manifests as difficulties with emotional regulation, interpersonal relationships, self-perception, and a distorted sense of meaning or belief about oneself and the world.

The holistic and personalized care you receive at HeartMind Resiliency includes an integrative approach to psychotherapy, both individual and group, with approaches such as Somatic Experiencing, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Brainspotting, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Our therapists also integrate other therapeutic modalities, such as art therapy, mindfulness practices, and other trauma-focused approaches, to ensure comprehensive care. Alongside psychotherapy, we invite clients to consider complementary practices such as yoga, massage/bodywork and mindfulness groups to further promote self-awareness, relaxation, and embodiment.

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