A large portion of our practice is dedicated to working with people who have had significant trauma. We define trauma as anything that has happened in your past that is causing impairment in your present. Dr. Baker-Hargrove has the unique advantage of being a therapist who is also a combat veteran and has been to the Middle East. He was in the U.S. Navy from 1986 – 1995 and is a decorated sailor. He is very familiar with military culture and loves to work with veterans and other Middle East returnees. He is also an American Red Cross certified disaster mental health responder and worked at World Trade Center ground zero following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. We have studied extensively the impact of childhood sexual/ physical/emotional abuse on adults and how to treat those problems. Even if your trauma has resulted in dissociation, we understand that and are ready to help. Dr. Baker-Hargrove has shared his training with his professional staff, so any therapist you meet with will be able to help you in your trauma work. Below are some questions frequently asked by new clients:

The prospect of seeing someone is really hard for me. My life feels unmanageable, but I’m really afraid to see a therapist. I don’t know what I should do. The primary element of trauma is avoidance. It is the chief symptom of the condition. While we understand that your trauma prompts you to not seek help, if you are reading this sentence, you already know you can’t do this alone. You don’t have to either. True healing occurs with others helping us along the way.

I’m afraid that I will find out things about myself that I do not want to know. Doing better and being better means we have to experience and learn from pain. We cannot ignore the pain forever. We cannot move around or bypass the pain. True healing comes from the experience of facing the pain head on. The fear of the pain is often much, much worse than the pain itself.

I can’t afford it. We have a pricing structure that offers lots of opportunities for us to do business together.

It’s really hard for me to talk about these things. Shouldn’t I just try to forget them? You can’t forget the past. Avoiding or trying to forget what has happened is only making things worse. We will help you develop the skills you need to achieve mastery over the fear of the pain and the pain itself, so you can live a life free from being haunted by your past.

What more do I need to know about seeing a therapist?  All therapists are required to meet the same standards of training and education for licensure and practice.  The difference lies in the professional therapeutic relationship between therapist and client.  All our therapists are either part of the LGBT community or allies. We work with a solution-focused, problem-solving, strengths-based model with a touch of warmth and wit and are dedicated to customer service.  Your calls and emails will be answered promptly by our support staff you can rest assured that your appointment will always begin and end on time, so you can get on with your day.