Surviving a Traumatic Experience

Trauma is an event that elicits a strong emotional response to the experience, such as an accident, assault, natural disaster, violence or long-term abuse.  It can leave you feeling shocked, overwhelmed, disoriented and hopeless.  It is estimated that up to 70 percent of adults have been affected by a traumatic event at some point in their lives.  Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTS) can help you manage your feelings and cope with behaviors following a traumatic event.


  • Abuse


    Abuse comes in many forms.  No one should live in fear of the person they love or in fear of their personal safety.  Yet abuse can happen to anyone, at any age, in any life situation.  READ MORE


  • Childhood Trauma

    Childhood Trauma/Developmental Trauma

    Developmental trauma occurs when a child's sense of safety is violated. Events that can cause trauma include:  READ MORE


  • Disasters


    Natural or manmade disasters are often schocking, life-threatening experiences that have long-term repercussions on those who experience them.  In the aftermath of a disaster, people often feel stunned, disoriented or incapable of comprehending upsetting information. READ MORE


  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

    Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

    Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a common condition that occurrs after someone has lived through a traumatic experience or event.  PTSD affects 3.5 percent of the U.S. adult population, or about 7.7 million people.  READ MORE


  • Veterans


    People who have served in the military are especially vulnerable to suffering from trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Those who see combat often witness death and violent events, and feel ongoing fear in life-threatening situations.  READ MORE


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Felicia Matto-Shepard, M.S.
Felicia Matto-Shepard, M.S.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Petaluma, CA

In private practice since 1994, I have worked successfully with a variety of clients across the age span as they searched to make changes in their lives, ease suffering, improve relationships and expand self knowledge. I pull from a variety of theories, depending on the presenting issues and the desired goals of treatment.

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