Helping people with a history of trauma have better control over their emotions and learn to trust others.
When you’ve been through trauma, whether it was one traumatic experience, or a history of chronic trauma, it’s likely that you find it hard to cope.
Most people who start trauma therapy or treatment for PTSD feel stuck repeating the same painful patterns over and over again. You may be able to relate. Perhaps you feel like you want to escape your life or you know you’d be happier if you made some changes, but it feels safer and more comfortable to stay the same.
Stuck in these patterns and feeling out of control of your emotions, you may feel like life is really difficult to deal with. Your mood may quickly change from anxious to angry, and then to withdrawn or depressed. It’s common to struggle in your relationships, and to wonder why you have the same kinds of difficulties in every relationship you have.
Do You Feel Moody, Lost, or Overwhelmed?
Do any of the following resonate with you?
- You feel like you lack motivation to do anything.
- You feel lonely, even when you are with others.
- You feel like you’re living at a frenzied pace leaving you frazzled and stressed.
- You struggle to connect with other people, often worrying about what will happen if you take the risk of opening up to another person.
- You fight all the time with your partner.
- You often feel emotionally numb, or empty inside, like it’s hard to know who you truly are.
Trauma Is More Common Than You Might Think
If you relate to the experiences described above, you are not alone. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon to have experienced either one or several traumatic experiences at some point during your life. Also, we want you to know that many of our clients have shared with us that it was difficult for them to contact us to make their first appointment. However, they experienced significant relief once they did reach out. Getting the help you need is a sign of strength and will help you manage the feelings and struggles that come up in your life.
Contrary to what you might think, it’s not selfish to prioritize caring for yourself. You don’t have to always prioritize work or what your family needs over your own wants or needs.
Trauma Therapy or Therapy for PTSD Can Help You Get Your Life Back
It’s possible to feel better. Imagine a life where you could…
> Have an improved attitude, mood, and productivity.
> Shift into a more positive and hopeful outlook on life.
> Create a more meaningful life based on who you are and what you desire.
> Stop letting anxiety or depression impact the way you live or make decisions.
> Get to the root problems and solve those instead of using band-aids.
Step Back And Focus On Healing During Therapy for Trauma
Getting counseling for trauma or treatment for PTSD helps you rise above your challenges and start moving towards your ideal life with less suffering and more fulfillment.
You will get a fresh perspective and the practical tools you need to feel safer in your relationships and discover the root of your problems. This will help you find your way through difficult feelings and situations.
Even if you are not usually comfortable opening up to people, trauma therapy may be able to help. We’ve helped many people work through traumatic experiences and gain a sense of control over their life.
How Trauma Therapy Works
Trauma therapy or treatment for PTSD consists of 50-minute, one-on-one sessions that help you work through your concerns. In addition to listening, we will ask questions, guide you toward solutions, and motivate you with ideas. We play an active role in therapy and won’t just sit there and stare at you, waiting for you to talk. Here’s how it will work step-by-step:
- First, we provide a safe, non-judgmental space so that you will feel comfortable sharing your struggles with your therapist.
- Through hearing your story, we will start to get a picture of what your challenges are.
- We will start with helping you with immediate concerns like managing difficult emotions and challenging life situations.
- We will also work to discover what your goals are in therapy and in life.
- Keeping your unique goals in mind, we’ll figure out what’s needed to help you reach them.
- Over the course of our sessions, you will start making progress towards the life you desire.
Research shows that therapy can positively change your thinking, beliefs, emotions, and behaviors. It can help you let go of what’s holding you back.
We provide different types of trauma counseling, including EMDR which is a treatment for PTSD or trauma (provided by Dr. Ginny Kington) and prolonged exposure therapy. For more information about EMDR, check out the Resources page.
You May Still Have Questions About Trauma Therapy
Does what I experienced count as trauma?
There is a saying that trauma is in the eye of the beholder. This means that if you believe that what you experienced was traumatic, then yes, it was a trauma. People often think of trauma as only consisting of life threatening, dramatic events such as combat situations, car accidents, or sexual assault. However, other situations such as growing up with overly critical or narcissistic parents or being bullied during childhood and adolescence can also be traumatic. All of these experiences can impact your relationships, mood, and behavior in a negative way, and all of them can be considered traumatic. You may need therapy to address symptoms of anxiety, depression, or relationship problems as a result, or you may need treatment for PTSD.
Can trauma therapy help me cope with smaller (non-life threatening) traumas?
Events that may seem like smaller (non-life threatening) traumas can still significantly impact your mood, relationships, or behavior. You may also think about these events on a regular basis which can be disturbing to you. Therapy for trauma will help to address these issues. It can help to process those past experiences and improve how you are feeling and functioning in your daily life.
Will I have to relive my trauma during therapy?
We’re not going to lie, therapy for trauma or treatment for PTSD can be tough at times. Talking about what you’ve experienced is difficult and can bring up unpleasant emotions. However, we are sure to work with you to develop coping skills to deal with these emotions before we begin talking about your trauma history so that you are not overwhelmed at any point. Also, therapy goes at your pace. You are never pushed to talk about anything that you are not ready to discuss.
Is therapy worth the cost?
Therapy for PTSD or trauma is an investment, not only of money, but also of time and energy. My guess is that you’ve tried other things to improve your life, but that these things haven’t helped. Often people have been struggling for a long time, and have lost years of their life to their symptoms. It is worth it to meet with a professional who has been helping people for many years to see how much you may be able to improve with treatment.
Ready to start feeling better?
If you feel stuck repeating the same painful patterns, therapy for trauma could help.
Start now and build your confidence and ability to trust others.
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