About Chaya Feuerman
Trauma comes in many different forms and can occur in a variety of ways and at any stage of life. My specialty practice focuses on all forms of trauma, including physical and emotional abuse and neglect, sexual abuse and exploitation, spiritual and religious abuse, educational abuse and neglect, financial exploitation, environmental traumas including vehicular accidents and natural disasters as well as complex grief and loss. Additionally, in today’s rapidly changing world, political issues can also cause emotional trauma. In recent years, more and more people have shared about experiences with family as well as friends and colleagues that I have come to identify as Socio-Political Trauma.
I am certified in the IFS as well as EMDR modalities, both empirically proven therapy models designed to help resolve trauma and PTSD symptoms.
IFS and EMDR are psychotherapy models that reach for deeper exploration, understanding and resolution of disturbing material. Unlike traditional ‘Talk Therapy’ EMDR and IFS seek to journey toward the root underlying causes of distress rather than simply being heard and validated with compassion. Both EMDR and IFS achieve these goals only via different paths of clinical protocol. I often use both models in the same session. Some clients prefer one specific model and many appreciate both.
Socio Political Trauma – The World Around You
“I lost my friends because they did not agree with my opinions about world events.”
“My sister who used to be my best friend and closest ally stopped talking to me when I disagreed with her about political issues.”
“I feel like I can’t speak my mind at work; there’s a vibe that I would be penalized if I disagreed with my co-workers and supervisors, it’s just a feeling I have so I keep quiet.”
“I’ve been hesitating to reach out to any therapists; I’m afraid they would not understand me.”
“I’ve been feeling uncomfortable and sometimes even downright scared lately about what’s happening around me but there’s no-one to talk to because when I tried I was called ‘paranoid.’”
This is a safe place to air and share thoughts, feelings and ideas on issues that seem unsafe to discuss with family, friends and colleagues.
Covid-19 Collective Trauma – Post Pandemic Effects
Here are some of the experiences that individuals are sharing regarding the pandemic and its aftermath:
“Now that the pandemic restrictions are lifting I feel like I’m stuck in neutral”.
“I have no motivation.”
“There’s so little joy in my life.”
“Returning to my previous lifestyle seems so depressing.”
“I feel like I’ve fallen and can’t get up.”
I have offices in Boca Raton, Fl., Queens, NY and Brooklyn, NY.
I have 26 years of clinical experience and I work with children ages 11+, adolescents and adults.
Regular sessions are 60 minutes, the recommended length of time for both IFS and EMDR because it allows for clients to process traumatic events and memories with time at the end of each session for debriefing. However, this is a boutique practice, in the sense that one’s personal and uniquely individual therapy needs are accommodated. While some people like to have their therapy sessions on a weekly basis, others prefer to space out their therapy times. Additionally, there are those individuals who appreciate doing alot of therapy work in one day, say two to three hours of in depth work and then take a few weeks to process and integrate what has been learned before scheduling more therapy time. Still others choose an all day intensive to engage in a deep dive to address many issues and challenges all on the same day.