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Compassionate therapy to help you reclaim your peace, and strength so that you can live a fulfilling and happy life.

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Rebuild a sense of safety in your world so that you can function without fear.

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Healing

Develop the emotional resilience to help you manage triggers and experience a sense of peace.

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Live a life not defined by the trauma you’ve experienced, but one of purpose, renewed identity and hope.

the scars of trauma run deep

Trauma, whether it’s from experiences like sexual assault, bullying, divorce, or any other life-altering event, casts a long shadow on one’s soul.

Know that here, in this space, you are seen, heard, and understood. Your emotions, fears, and desires are valid. It’s not just about moving on,

it's about healing and rediscovering yourself.

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About trauma and its effects

Trauma is defined as intense emotional and psychological reactions to upsetting events or experiences. It can result from a variety of incidents, such as abuse, accidents, or natural disasters.

Trauma frequently disrupts mental health, resulting in conditions such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, and dissociative disorders. Trauma can also alter one’s perception of safety, self-worth, and reality.

Chronic exposure to traumatic events, or complex trauma, can exacerbate these effects and deeply embed them in one’s psyche.

The most important thing to know is that it is not your fault, and the right support can help you reclaim your life. We are here for you.

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How trauma can affect your life

We often hear victims of trauma say things like:

“I can’t trust anyone anymore.”

“I feel numb or disconnected from my emotions.”

“It feels like I’m reliving the trauma over and over.”

“I’ve lost interest in things I once loved.”

“I often feel guilty or ashamed, even if I know it wasn’t my fault.”

and deal with one or more of the following:

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Trauma can cause people to be constantly alert, a condition known as hyperarousal. They are constantly on the lookout for threats, making it difficult to relax or sleep. This can lead to exhaustion, increased stress, and even physical health problems over time. Relaxation techniques, grounding exercises, and cognitive behavioral strategies are used in therapy to retrain the brain’s response to perceived threats, gradually restoring a sense of safety and calm.

Many people who have experienced trauma avoid places, people, or situations that remind them of the traumatic event, which leads to social isolation and missed opportunities. This avoidance can stifle personal development and reinforce fear. Therapeutic approaches such as exposure therapy and systematic desensitization can gradually reduce avoidance behaviors, allowing individuals to confront and reclaim lost parts of their lives.

Unwanted memories, flashbacks, or nightmares that disrupt daily life and sleep patterns are common among trauma survivors. These disturbing memories can cause a person to feel trapped in their trauma. Therapy, particularly Prolonged Exposure (PE), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), Internal Family Systems (IFS), and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), can assist in processing these memories, reducing their intensity and frequency and placing them in a healthier context.

Post-traumatic reactions can include difficulty in managing emotions, leading to sudden outbursts of anger, sadness, or fear. This can strain relationships and one’s self-image. Therapeutic modalities like Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) equip individuals with tools to understand and regulate their emotions, fostering healthier interpersonal dynamics and self-awareness.

Some trauma survivors experience dissociation—a feeling of disconnection from oneself, others, or reality. It’s a protective mechanism, but it can make daily functioning challenging. Therapy provides grounding techniques and narrative therapy to reconnect individuals with their surroundings and personal story, anchoring them in the present.

Trauma can cause feelings of guilt, shame, and self-blame, which can alter one’s self-worth and self-identity. This distorted self-image can stifle personal and relational development. Individuals can rebuild a healthier self-image and challenge negative self-beliefs through cognitive restructuring and compassionate dialogue in therapy.

Traumatic events, especially when caused by others, can erode trust, making it hard to form or maintain relationships. This can result in feelings of loneliness or paranoia. Therapy fosters a safe environment to explore trust issues, and through consistent therapeutic alliance, it models healthy trust-building, guiding individuals towards restoring faith in themselves and others.

Trauma can manifest physically as chronic pain, fatigue, or somatic symptoms in addition to its psychological effects. These symptoms frequently perplex medical professionals, adding to a survivor’s anguish. Body-based therapeutic approaches, such as somatic experiencing, use the sensations of the body to process trauma, alleviate physical symptoms, and promote a holistic healing approach.

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symptoms of trauma

If you or your child are experiencing the following symptoms, it may be helpful to seek therapy:

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How is trauma treated?

At Daisy + Co. Therapy, we provide specialized trauma treatment tailored to your unique needs. Our dedicated team uses evidence-based therapeutic approaches to ensure you receive the most effective care. With compassionate and experienced clinicians, we’re here to support your journey toward healing and recovery.

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Prolonged Exposure

Prolonged Exposure (PE) is a therapeutic approach specifically designed to treat trauma-related disorders, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It is an evidence-based form of therapy that aims to help individuals confront and process traumatic memories and situations they have been avoiding due to their distressing nature. PE is typically conducted by mental health professionals experienced in trauma care.

Accelerated Resolution Therapy

Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) is a relatively new and innovative therapeutic approach designed to treat trauma, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). While not specifically an “art therapy” in the traditional sense, the name can sometimes lead to confusion. ART incorporates elements of eye movement techniques, visualization, and certain aspects of art therapy to help individuals process and heal from traumatic experiences.

Attachment-focused EMDr

Attachment-Focused EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a targeted therapeutic approach that integrates traditional EMDR techniques with a focus on attachment dynamics. This method helps individuals navigate and heal from past relational wounds, fostering a more secure attachment and enhancing emotional resilience.

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

This specialized form of CBT is designed for children and adolescents who have experienced trauma. It incorporates elements of CBT to address traumatic memories, emotions, and behaviors.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

DBT is a therapy originally developed for borderline personality disorder but has also shown effectiveness in treating trauma and PTSD. It focuses on emotion regulation, distress tolerance, mindfulness, and interpersonal effectiveness.

internal family systems (ifs)

Internal Family Systems (IFS) guides individuals through the intricacies of trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). IFS encourages self-exploration and engagement with various sub-personalities or “parts,” fostering self-compassion and aiding in the healing of traumatic wounds. This process enables individuals to tap into their innate resilience and self-leadership, promoting a balanced and harmonious inner world.

somatic experiencing (se)

Somatic Experiencing (SE) is a body-focused method for healing trauma, emphasizing the release of physical tension and stress. It helps individuals tap into their body’s innate healing abilities, transforming trauma through attention to bodily sensations and energy release.

expressive arts therapy

Expressive Arts Therapy utilizes various artistic mediums such as painting, music, dance, and writing to facilitate healing from trauma. This approach encourages creative expression, allowing individuals to communicate and explore their feelings in a non-verbal way. By engaging with the arts, individuals can access and process difficult emotions, fostering a sense of relief and self-discovery.
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Who We Are

why work with daisy + co. therapy

Lauren Levy, Licensed Professional Counselor, Founder & Clinical Director at Daisy + Co. Therapy in Philadelphia. Works with individuals, parents, LGBTQ+, teens, and adults

Lauren Levy, LPC, NCC

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Licensed Professional Counselor
Founder & Clinical Director

We are ready to help you heal and we have what it takes to get you there. Our therapists are:

Radically Genuine

We’re real people who value genuine connections. We recognize the vital need for qualified support, all while maintaining a down-to-earth approach that keeps our interactions relatable and approachable.

Open-Minded

We embrace an open-minded philosophy, encouraging both clients and therapists to explore unique perspectives and foster personal growth through whatever pathways feel authentic, aligned, and meaningful to them.

Curious

We believe that play and exploration are crucial for learning more about ourselves, including adults! A receptive approach to self-discovery and connecting with others is woven into our work, often leading to unexpected, positive outcomes.

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Our Approach

how trauma therapy works

We create a welcoming environment for you to express yourself freely

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We connect with you

Our first session is used to understand the depth, triggers, and impact of your trauma symptoms.

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We develop a personalized treatment plan

Our plan will align with your specific needs and goals, evolving with you as we move through the process.

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We continue to support you

We equip you with tools and coping strategies needed for long-term success.

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What you can expect from trauma therapy

We can’t guarantee any specific results or timeline to achieve them, but over time you may be able to anticipate a range of positive outcomes that reflect both emotional and physical progress. Often we hear people say things like:

therapy can help you move forward with a renewed sense of purpose, identity, and hope for the future.

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Who We Are

why work with daisy + co. therapy

We are ready to help you heal and we have what it takes to get you there. Our therapists are:

Radically Genuine

We are real people who do not take ourselves too seriously but also do not ignore the obvious need to provide qualified help to the kids, teens, and adults who want to build a connection that heals.

Open-Minded

We believe that play and exploration, even (especially) as adults, is an essential part of reconnecting to ourselves and our individual truths. Being open minded allows for growth in ways we never dreamed.

Curious

We get to know our clients through a genuine curiosity to understand them better and connect with them on their level. By asking the right questions, we can uncover answers that help you better understand yourself and the world around you. 

frequently asked questions

Questions about trauma therapy

The duration of trauma therapy varies for each individual. Some people may benefit from a few months, while others may need longer, depending on the severity of the trauma and the therapeutic approach used. We understand that everyone’s healing journey is unique, and it’s okay to progress at your own pace – and our therapy plan will reflect that. Regularly discussing your feelings and progress with your therapist can provide a clearer understanding of the timeline.

It’s not uncommon to experience intense emotions when delving into traumatic memories. In fact, some people may initially feel more distress or discomfort. However, this is often a natural part of the healing process, as confronting and processing trauma can bring buried emotions to the surface. Remember, we are here to support you through these challenging moments and will provide tools and techniques to help manage these emotions. You’re in a safe place here, and we are by your side every step of the way.

Progress in trauma therapy may manifest in various ways. You might notice a decrease in the frequency and intensity of traumatic memories, improved sleep, enhanced emotional regulation, or feeling more connected to your surroundings and loved ones. Staying open and honest with your therapist about any changes, whether positive or challenging, will help us adapt the therapeutic approach as needed and celebrate milestones together.

Yes, therapy has been very effective for many in addressing trauma and PTSD. Evidence-based therapies like Prolonged Exposure (PE), Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Somatic Experiencing and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) are designed specifically for these challenges. The key is to – along with your therapist – find the therapeutic approach that resonates with you and a therapist with whom you can build a trusting relationship. This combination can pave the way for meaningful healing and progress.

Various techniques are tailored to meet the needs of those dealing with trauma and PTSD. Prolonged Exposure (PE) is about confronting traumatic memories gradually, whereas Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) uses visualization combined with rapid eye movements to process trauma. On the other hand, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) merges cognitive restructuring with exposure techniques. Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy focuses on understanding and harmonizing the different parts of your inner self, aiding in trauma recovery. Somatic Experiencing, another approach, emphasizes the release of physical tension and stored trauma in the body, promoting healing. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) emphasizes emotional regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and mindfulness. Your therapist will work closely with you to determine the best fit and approach. For a deeper look into each treatment option, you can click here.

Starting trauma therapy is a brave step. The best thing you can do to prepare for it is to accept an attitude of openness to share and process your feelings. Trusting your therapist is key to lasting change, and establishing this trust might take time. Remember, you’re not alone in this journey, and your therapist will be there to guide and support you every step of the way. Your healing is our main goal, and we will do everything we can to make you feel safe and comfortable throughout your journey.

While discussing traumatic experiences can be a cornerstone of some therapies like Prolonged Exposure (PE) and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), it’s always done at a pace you’re comfortable with. Your feelings of safety and readiness are important to us. Your therapist will create a supportive environment where you can share when you feel ready. Remember, therapy is a collaborative effort, and your comfort and boundaries are always respected.

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If you’re looking for an appointment, to get matched with a great fit therapist, or to schedule a free consultation with Daisy + Co. Therapy, reach out! You can submit an inquiry via our contact form, call or text us, or use the buttons below to book directly online.

*IMPORTANT*

Currently, Daisy + Co. Therapy does NOT have any therapists who accept insurance as payment for sessions. The one exception to this is for folks with Lyra Health benefits through their employer. Click the icon below for more information.

As an out-of-network provider, we've partnered with Mentaya to simplify reimbursement for your therapy sessions if you have insurance coverage that is eligible for this benefit.

To check how much you will get back for your Daisy + Co. therapy sessions if you start working with one of our therapists, use this benefits tracker provided by Mentaya:

https://app.mentaya.com/p/9SYDpfmfsx1VIjogEYlL.

The whole process takes less than a minute and all you need on hand is your insurance member ID.

If you have questions about this, reach out to us-We’re here to help! 😊

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