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Daniel Nothmann

Daniel NothmannI’m Daniel Nothmann, Psy.D., a licensed psychologist practicing in Owings Mills, Maryland.  After graduate school I completed a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship at Sheppard Pratt Hospital’s Trauma Disorders Program and subsequently became the attending psychologist on the inpatient Trauma Disorders Unit.  Although I have since left that program, the majority of my work continues to be in the area of trauma related disorders.

People often experience significant adversity in their lives.  This can take the form of accidents, natural disasters, military combat, physical/sexual assault, etc.  For some, these events may be re-experienced long after they are over.  People may respond to such experiences by alternating between feeling very anxious or “keyed up” at times and feeling very numb at others.  These experiences can be so overwhelming that people may resort to ways of coping that may ultimately be harmful or self-destructive.  When this is the case, I work with them to develop alternative, healthier ways of coping.  This ability to safely and effectively cope with intense feelings and experiences are a prerequisite to the healing process.

Traumatic events disrupt our sense of safety.  Not only can this impact our view of others and our relationships with them, but it can also affect our view of the world as a whole.  If traumatic events happen to a person in childhood, they can have a significant impact on how the person feels about him/herself, the developing personality, and disrupt the development of healthy coping skills.

Fortunately, we have come a long way in understanding the impact of traumatic events on people and how they can work on recovering from terrible adversity.  Time does not always heal all wounds and there are times when additional intervention is required.  I consider it a privilege to be able to work with people in the capacity I do as they work on healing, recovering, and making changes, and relying on the strengths that they possess.