Trauma Healing with Han Bertrand

Empathy, Understanding, Connection – Your Journey Begins Here.

Trauma doesn't just disappear. It leaves imprints on the heart, shadows in the mind, and echoes in the soul. But with understanding and empathy, we can navigate this journey together, finding healing in the midst of pain.

Childhood Trauma

The wounds of our younger years can deeply impact our adult lives. Together, we can explore and process those early experiences, allowing for understanding and growth.

Trauma with Parents

Our earliest relationships shape so much of who we become. Let's uncover and address the pain that lingers, setting you on a path to healing.

Feeling 'Othered'

When the world makes you feel out of place, it can scar the soul. I'm here to help you process those feelings, find your space, and celebrate who you truly are.

Complex Trauma

Multiple traumas over time can intertwine and complicate our healing journey. But with patience, empathy, and understanding, we can navigate this complex web and find a way out.

What is Trauma?

Trauma is not just an event; it's the shadow it casts on the soul. It's the moments of deep silence, the reactions that seem out of place, the lingering sadness in the eyes, and the walls we unconsciously build. Trauma might begin with an event, but its true impact is in how it reshapes our internal world.

Trauma and Trauma-Related Issues

What is Trauma?

Trauma is a deeply distressing or disturbing experience that can have long-lasting effects. It encompasses various forms of psychological or physical injury. These range from feelings of being frightened, threatened, or violated to experiencing profound disappointment, abandonment, or abuse. Such events can occur at any stage of life. While some individuals can process these experiences without enduring significant psychological harm, others may need professional support due to the overwhelming impact of these events' intensity, duration, and frequency.

Understanding Trauma Experiences

Why Focus on Trauma?

Therapy aims to go beyond merely managing symptoms to uncover the root causes of persistent emotional suffering. While it's normal to feel sad, worried, or angry, when these emotions become overwhelming or persist over time, they often signify underlying issues, potentially related to trauma.

How Do I Know If I Have Experienced Trauma?

Recognizing trauma doesn't necessarily require recalling the event. The focus of therapy is on helping you transform from a traumatized sense of self to one that is confident, secure, and resilient. To determine whether you have experienced trauma, consider the following indicators. The more you resonate with these points, the more beneficial it will be to focus on trauma in your therapeutic journey.

Emotional State

Behavioral Responses

Relational Issues

Existential Challenges

Trauma-Related Issues

If you find yourself relating to one or more of the issues listed below, it's possible you're grappling with unresolved trauma. Remember, you're not alone, and understanding is the first step to healing. This list is not diagnostic, but consider it a welcoming door into better self-understanding and emotional well-being.

Emotional Issues

Cognitive Issues

Behavioral Issues

Physical Issues

Interpersonal Issues

Other Issues

Your well-being matters, and help is available. Take that first step; you don't have to walk this path alone. 

If you need immediate help, find resources below.

National Suicide Prevention Line: 988

Crisis textline: Text HOME to 741-741

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FAQs about Trauma

What Is the Point of Talking About Previous Trauma? Why Not Just Build Skills to Move On?

Building coping skills is indeed one option for addressing trauma and its impact on mental, emotional, and relational health. In some situations, focusing solely on skills might be the most appropriate approach for moving on quickly. It's worth mentioning that discussing previous trauma in detail is never a requirement when working with me. Everyone has their own methods of self-preservation and the right to decide what they are comfortable discussing. If you're not ready to talk about something that could overwhelm you, we won't address it until you feel ready. This is a matter of basic respect; the aim to help should never warrant intrusive pressure.

What Makes Psychodynamic Therapy Different from CBT, DBT, or EMDR?

Short-term therapies like CBT, DBT, and EMDR have helped countless people. They offer quick, targeted ways to manage symptoms, which is wonderful. I have also compiled practical skills and strategies for clients who wish to learn concrete techniques. Psychodynamic therapy is generally a long-term approach. Many people who have tried short-term therapies and have seen some improvements may eventually opt for long-term therapy to delve deeper into their issues and enjoy a more personalized therapeutic experience. For those who find short-term therapy less effective, you may benefit from a more tailored, long-term approach, such as my client-centered psychodynamic therapy.

How Can I Determine if Short-Term or Long-Term Therapy Is a Better Option for Me?

Exploring therapy options is a brave step! Starting with short-term therapy is an excellent way to get a feel for the therapeutic process. This typically involves a series of about 12 sessions over 3 to 9 months, depending on your comfort and progress. If, at the end of it, you find something lacking or yearn for a deeper connection, you might consider my client-centered, long-term psychodynamic approach. Sometimes it takes a while to uncover what we really need, and that's perfectly okay. Take all the time you need to decide; this is your journey, and you should feel empowered at every step.

"The toxic memories of trauma governed my life for years. But psychodynamic therapy made me feel seen and set me free"

Lucia Osborne-CrowleyPsychodynamic therapy helped me overcome trauma when CBT couldn’tPsyche:

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy 

for Trauma Recovery

The Benefits of Psychodynamic Therapy

In the vast field of psychotherapeutic approaches, psychodynamic psychotherapy stands out as one of the most enduring and influential modalities, particularly when addressing trauma and trauma-related issues. Here's why this approach holds tremendous potential for individuals grappling with traumatic experiences from the past:

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Depth Exploration

Unlike some other therapeutic modalities, psychodynamic psychotherapy delves deep into the unconscious mind. It seeks to uncover and address repressed memories, feelings, and unresolved conflicts from the past, many of which may be linked to trauma. By understanding these root causes, individuals can achieve profound healing over time.


The therapeutic relationship in psychodynamic therapy is central to the healing process. This relationship provides a safe space for individuals to recreate and understand past relational dynamics, especially those that might have contributed to their trauma. Over time, this fosters trust, which is crucial for trauma survivors.

Emphasis on Emotional Expression

Psychodynamic therapy encourages the open expression of emotions. This cathartic process allows trauma survivors to give voice to their pain, fears, and other suppressed feelings, facilitating emotional release and healing.

Addresses Maladaptive Patterns

By understanding unconscious processes and past experiences, individuals can recognize patterns in their behavior that may be detrimental. Recognizing these patterns is the first step towards change, allowing individuals to cultivate healthier ways of coping and relating.

Holistic View of the Individual

Psychodynamic therapy views individuals holistically, taking into account their life history, relationships, dreams, and even their seemingly illogical behaviors. By doing so, it offers trauma survivors a comprehensive framework to understand themselves and their reactions to traumatic events.

Psychodynamic Therapy 

Transforms the Brain 

How Psychodynamic Therapy Transforms the Brain through Neuroplasticity

Neuroplasticity, the brain's ability to reorganize and adapt by forming new neural connections, has been a groundbreaking concept in neuroscience. It suggests that our experiences, including therapeutic interventions like psychodynamic therapy, can literally change the structure and functioning of our brains. Here's how psychodynamic therapy harnesses the power of neuroplasticity to address trauma and trauma-related issues:

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Engaging the Brain through Talk

Talking activates various regions of the brain associated with memory, emotion, and cognition. When engaging in deep therapeutic conversations, as is common in psychodynamic therapy, we stimulate and rewire neural pathways, shifting from traumatic patterns to more adaptive ones.

Therapeutic Alliance as Neural Catalyst

Building a secure and trusting relationship within therapy isn't just emotionally healing. The consistent positive interactions and secure attachments formed can pave the way for the brain to form new, positive neural pathways, replacing those shaped by traumatic experiences.

Transference as Neural Reprogramming

Transference, where past emotions are projected onto the therapist, becomes an opportunity to 're-live' and 're-process' past traumas in a safer environment. Over time, these repeated positive re-experiences can rewrite traumatic neural patterns.

From Defense Mechanisms to Neural Growth

Defense mechanisms, initially formed to protect against the pain of traumatic experiences, have neural pathways of their own. By naturally addressing and transforming these mechanisms in therapy, individuals can form new neural patterns that support growth and healing.

Narrative Reconstruction and Neural Re-mapping

Crafting a new narrative around traumatic experiences isn't just a cognitive exercise. When trauma survivors actively engage in restructuring their story, they're also guiding their brains to form new connections and pathways that support this renewed narrative.

Long-Term Impact and Lasting Change

Unlike short-term coping strategies, the changes catalyzed by psychodynamic therapy are profound. The therapy doesn't just offer symptomatic relief; it promotes neural reorganization, leading to lasting transformation and growth.

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