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- Are you struggling to recover from trauma?
- Has unresolved trauma from childhood, perhaps through abuse or neglect, impacted your mental and physical health as an adult?
- Do you have flashbacks, intrusive memories, or nightmares?
- Is it hard for you to connect and trust people?
- Are you afraid you will never be able to move forward?
- Do you wish you could just relax, physically and emotionally?
- Do you feel numb and empty?
- Do you find yourself preparing and expecting the worst to happen?
- Do you feel fatigued, tired, and have body aches?
Trauma therapy can help you heal.
A trauma can be caused by a specific event (like an accident, assault or life threatening event), a recurring event (like combat exposure or repeated abuse) or a developmental or childhood trauma (like physical or emotional neglect in childhood).
Trauma can also be caused by many other frightening situations, such as bullying, abuse, rape, crime, war, victimization and shaming/humiliation.
When we are in the presence of dangers like these, our bodies react to the possible threat, activating physiologically responses to prepare to deal with the situation. This is an adaptive response when there is a threat present, but sometimes the body is not able to turn it off after the danger has passed.
Whether you have been exposed to a life or death situation, or have experienced something in childhood that your body interpreted as a dangerous situation, the effect is the same.
The trauma lives on, whether in the form of PTSD or other states of arousal, feelings of dread, doom, anxiety, avoidance, uncontrolled emotional reactions, or physical symptoms.
Many people experience some form of trauma in their lives, but it can impact us in different ways. Trauma can have a lasting impact on you both emotionally and physically. Your nervous system, endocrine system and memory may all be impacted.
Trauma & PTSD Symptoms
You may be experiencing intense physical responses like high arousal and anxiety or very low arousal, and depressed. You might feel unmotivated and hopeless, angry and irritable, or anxious, and fearful. You might struggle with feelings of shame and self-blame.
You could find yourself feeling isolated or disconnected from others. It may be difficult to trust people because you fear rejection. You may feel anxious in social settings, new environments, and groups of people. You may feel that it is safer to disconnect from your body and your emotions.
Life may feel overwhelming causing you to suffer from migraines, chronic fatigue, muscle aches, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, or other chronic medical conditions that zap your energy and make it hard to get anything done.
Symptoms of trauma can be painful and make it difficult to feel at peace and find happiness. If you’re feeling this way, you’re not alone.
Trauma Treatment Can Help You Move Forward
In trauma and PTSD treatment, one of our experienced, compassionate trauma specialists can help you work with your body, emotions, identity, and beliefs to find healing.
In therapy sessions, there is a focus on creating connections, both in the counseling relationship and within the rest of your life. You can learn the skills you need to safely connect with yourself and others.
Many of our clients report feeling less alone and more connected to their minds and bodies during and after trauma counseling.
Reconnecting with and healing the body can be a process, but it is possible to feel solid and grounded again or maybe even for the first time.
You can connect with others. You can feel less ashamed. You can learn skills to get unstuck and regain a sense of calm and safety. And you can learn coping skills and stress management skills that will help you gain emotional control.
How Trauma Therapy Can Help
Your therapist can teach you skills to treat PTSD symptoms, and regulate difficult thoughts, emotions and physical symptoms as you begin coping with trauma and responding to the word in a calmer, healthier way.
There are many effective trauma informed therapy approaches used in Counseling
Through trauma therapy, you can experience a reduction in anxiety, increased self-worth and feelings of empowerment instead of powerlessness.
Treatment of PTSD and trauma has the added benefit of potentially healing physical symptoms and increasing your immune system as your body heals.
- Trauma-Focused Therapy follows a four-stage process for trauma treatment and incorporates mind and body stress reduction strategies.
- Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). TF-CBT focuses on reducing intense negative emotions and memories. Cognitive Processing Therapy is similar.
Contact Us Today! You don’t have to live with these symptoms. PTSD treatment can help instill hope and promote healing so you can regain control of your life!