Trauma Therapy

Managing Trauma

  • Are you feeling lost and unable to connect with everyday life? 
  • Do you experience difficulties staying focused on what is happening? 
  • Do you feel consumed and down from dwelling on past events? 
  • Are you sleepless from nightmares or worrying?
  • Do panic attacks stop you from getting on with the day?

Trauma Impacts in Daily Life

Trauma can heavily impact daily life. If not addressed trauma can be the cause of a wide variety of self-harming behaviors such as irritability to the point of being hostile or emotionally detached. Other symptoms include flashbacks, fear, paranoia, nightmares, and recurring unwanted thoughts. Such behaviors can negatively impact the ability to function at work or at home. Also, trauma experienced at young ages sometimes is held in the form of self-blame. Not dealing with past traumas can negatively impact current relationships with family, friends, and co-workers.

Transform Trauma to Live in Peace

What is exciting is that as human beings, we can use our past experiences, including trauma, as resources instead of obstacles or blocks to for living life fully. I work with my clients to “re-story” their past trauma it into a story that supports your their engaging in the world with peace and happiness. Therapy involves re-discovering the strengths used to endure the traumatic situation or events. I share tools for finding freedom from destructive emotions and behaviors generated by trauma and loss. With therapy, you can walk through the walls of fear and anxiety that keep you separate and apart. 

For the past 16 years, I have enjoyed sharing ways for my client to live life fully, despite the stress. I offer a wide variety of techniques for tapping inner strengths, even after a severe traumatic experience. You can have healthy relationships and work effectively. With awareness, you can transform your past trauma into a platform for living instead of being dragged down. Take some time to explore with me ways to tap your inner strengths and reconnect with life without the trauma.

Transition/Trauma Therapist

I have helped many overcome their trauma to return to work and to live more peaceful lives. I blend Eastern and Western therapeutic techniques for healing body, mind, and spirit. My training and experience as a Buddhist priest, domestically and internationally, has given me resources that can help you overcome intense anxiety and deep trauma. Many of my clients have found the approaches I share to be the tools they needed to effectively manage their anxiety. Many have found my use of Applied Existential Psychotherapy and/or Eastern techniques the path that allowed them to walk free from past traumas or to complete a life transition.

Trauma Therapy: What To Expect

Depending upon the intensity of the past traumatic experience(s) and recovery rate determines the length and frequency of sessions. At the end of each session, you will review how the session went and priorities to address the next session. You will help assess how effective a particular practice is and the techniques used in treatment. You set the pace for transitioning to desired behaviors and achieving your goals. My standard rate is $100 an hour as an out-of-network provider. If insurance is not preferred, I offer a sliding scale.


“Thanks for helping me to stop seeing myself as (just) a victim.” KM

“So glad to finally reach out and stop dwelling in the past” – PA

“I’m excited to go out and use a new way of interacting.” –  KW

“It’s been 30 years. After 30 years, I’m free (from self-destructive behavior in four sessions).  ” – GA  


Carol O’Dowd, MPA, MDiv, MI, CAS, NLC

Trauma/Transition Therapist and Spiritual Counselor

Carol combines western and eastern approaches in her psychotherapy to support adults in making transitions and managing trauma. Carol is certified in Applied Existential Psychotherapy, Mindfulness, and Japanese Psychology. She has training in Family Mediation, Motivational Interviewing, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Horticultural Therapy, and Play Therapy.