Chris Lombardi, LCSW, LCADC
The therapeutic process can provide a pathway to becoming the best version of oneself. As a therapist, I strive to assist my clients in working through issues in the past and present that can impact one’s ability to thrive. Through my experiences, I have recognized that the largest obstacle to thriving is unresolved trauma. Trauma can take many forms, and the impact can be debilitating and devastating. The way in which we view ourselves, the world, and the future can be significantly compromised through a traumatic event or a series of traumatic events. Furthermore, trauma sets the stage for issues such as substance abuse, behavioral addictions (such as gambling, shopping, or eating), low self-esteem, relationship problems, and avoidance.
Avoidance is one of the hallmark symptoms of unresolved trauma. Trauma is by nature, something that we were not equipped to handle due to the experience being something our body and brain cannot process. Therefore, avoiding talking about, processing feelings pertaining to it, or even acknowledging past trauma can be an arduous task. Although it is completely understandable why we consciously or subconsciously avoid reprocessing trauma, it keeps us stuck and often feeling trapped. My goal is to help develop a safe place for clients to face their traumatic experiences and address any underlying issues stemming from the trauma. This process can allow healing to take place and bring forth growth and empowerment which everyone deserves.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC) with extensive experience working with adults and adolescents that are struggling with complex trauma, substance abuse, and other related issues. I have experience with several treatment modalities and approaches, including EMDR, IFS, CBT, and DBT.