Are You Struggling With The After-Effects Of A Traumatic Experience?
- Have you experienced a violent attack, physical or sexual abuse, or a significant loss of a loved one from which you’re struggling to recover?
- Do you feel sad and lonely?
- Are you disconnected from those around you? Do you find yourself feeling anxious and unsafe?
- Maybe reminders of the event trigger vivid memories that make you feel out of control and/or cause panic attacks.
- Or, maybe you’re avoiding places that remind you of what happened. Are you having trouble sleeping?
Do you struggle to see the good in your life? Do you often blame yourself for what happened, wondering what you could have done differently to prevent it? Is it difficult to trust those close to you or to form new relationships? Perhaps you find that you don’t enjoy anything anymore or feel that the aftershocks of the trauma have taken over all aspects of your life. Do you desperately want to move on from what happened and reclaim your life?
How Trauma Affects Us
Traumas challenge our sense of safety, and dealing with the effects of a traumatic event is often a difficult and lonely experience. You may feel guilty and hopeless. You may find it hard to connect with those around you and feel isolated and alone. You may also find yourself becoming easily annoyed and irritable with loved ones and responding harshly to them. You may feel helpless, as if things will never change.
Sometimes, in response to traumatic events, such as sexual or physical assault or abuse, a car accident, witnessing a violent event, losing a loved one suddenly or witnessing a loved one being endangered, many people develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Symptoms of PTSD in adults include:
- flashbacks or vivid memories of the traumatic event
- feeling guilty or blaming oneself for what happened
- loss of enjoyment
- blocking out the difficult event or parts of it
- feeling constantly alert, and irritability
- In adolescents, these symptoms can also include increased engagement in risky behaviours, substance use and angry outbursts.
If you experience a trauma, you may not develop PTSD but you may experience significant struggles
If you experienced an event that overwhelms your coping resources, you may find yourself struggling with trauma symptoms, such as feelings of fear, sadness and lashing out at your loved ones. Either way, people respond to trauma in a variety of ways as they struggle to assimilate it into their lives. Sometimes people become stuck – like they can’t move on. Others find that they try hard to avoid thinking about what happened, but still they feel anxious and unsafe.
Symptoms of trauma can also impact your ability to concentrate, perform well at work, and to be the parent or the spouse that you want to be. Many people with who have experienced traumatic events feel unsafe or question the purpose of their lives. You may see yourself, your relationships and the future negatively. You may also be judging yourself harshly and questioning if you will ever be able to move beyond what happened.
Trauma Therapy Can Help You Find Relief
Healing and recovery from trauma is very possible.
Trauma therapy provides a safe, caring place to understand your trauma symptoms and make changes. I can help you learn new skills and new ways of thinking about your trauma, and integrate what has happened in a way that reestablishes a sense of control in your life.
I use evidence based methods for treating PTSD and trauma symptoms, such as a cognitive processing approach. This approach can help to establish safety, develop and implement a coping repertoire , process the trauma and examine and re frame the negative ways of thinking that you may have developed about yourself, the world and others in the aftermath of the trauma.
Together, we can work to understand how the trauma has impacted your view of yourself and your relationship, as well as work toward understanding your strengths and resources in new and positive ways.
How Does Trauma Therapy Help?
In trauma therapy, you can also learn healthy ways to cope with difficult emotions and problematic physical reactions. As you begin feeling safe again, you can start to regulate your emotional and physical reactions and better understand and assimilate the difficult event. I can help you apply new skills you so you can make the changes that you seek .
What Clients Say
Clients who have undergone trauma therapy with me for PTSD and trauma symptoms report that they are glad that they chose to seek therapy. In addition to reporting fewer nightmares, better sleep quality, improved mood, an increased desire to engage with loved ones and better relationships, most clients express that although trauma therapy cannot change what happened, it has helped them to feel a sense of control once again in their lives. With the right approach and in a safe and supportive environment, you, too, can experience relief from trauma symptoms and begin to live with joy, confidence and peace again.
Although you may be ready to seek help, you still may have questions or concerns about trauma therapy…
- Q. I think that I need help, but I’m concerned about the cost of trauma therapy/PTSD treatment and the time commitment.
The simple truth is that you can’t afford not to engage in treatment for traumatic symptoms. Trauma therapy is an investment in yourself, and persistent symptoms are unlikely to go away on their own. People with trauma symptoms often feel that the traumatic event has overwhelmed them and taken over their lives. Treating your trauma can help you truly reclaim your life and lead to improved concentration and productivity at work and in daily life. You can feel connected again in relationships, able to experience happiness and contentment. Your loved ones will notice the change as you improve.
In addition, I will respect your time. The methods I use will promote lasting change in a time-efficient manner. I understand that you don’t want to spend years and years in therapy; you want to feel better and get back to your life.
- Q. I’ve been feeling so bad for so long. I’m not sure that anything – even trauma therapy – can help me.
Often, people are afraid to try therapy. They believe that talking about the traumatic event will make it worse, however, the opposite is true. Research shows that therapy that includes processing the traumatic event in a safe, collaborative therapeutic relationship is the most effective treatment approach. Through trauma therapy, you can work through painful feelings and memories and rebuild a purposeful life. You can experience more satisfaction in your relationships and improve your overall quality of life. While trauma therapy cannot change what has happened, it can help you build a new life that assimilates the traumatic event in a way that promotes hope and strength.
Q. I’m afraid that talking about the trauma will make me feel worse.
In my work with you, I will meet you where you are and we will move at a pace that fits your needs. Ultimately, our goal is to help you understand what happened and create a new life. Recovering from trauma is a balancing act. Trauma is like a tornado that came through and destroyed your house and everything in it. You will rebuild and have an amazing new house, but it will not be the same house and there will be grief and loss at losing the old house. However, with help and support, you can get through this and there is a new and better way of being on the other side.
Help and Hope are Possible
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