Counseling for Trauma
Are you living with deep emotional pain, fear, confusion, or traumatic stress long after a traumatic event has passed?
Most people will experience trauma in their lifetime whether it’s from a car accident, abuse or neglect or sudden loss of a loved one.
While many people can recover over time with the love and support of family and friends and bounce back with resiliency, do you find you are still living with the effects of lasting trauma?
In these circumstances, the support and guidance of a therapist is fundamental to healing from these experiences.
PTSD can affect all areas of your life, your emotions, your mental well being, as well as your physical health. And symptoms are generally worse in situations, like rape or abuse, where the trauma was deliberately initiated against someone else.
If you live with PTSD, you may re-live the traumatic events, have flashbacks or other reminders that intrude on your waking hours, or in dreams and nightmares. These reminders may also trigger physical symptoms, such as heart palpitations or chills. Emotional problems, like anxiety, depression, and a sense of dread may also occur.
Living with PTSD can also cause you to avoid any reminders of the trauma, whether that is people associated with the experience, or places, or even thoughts of the trauma. You may distance yourself from family and friends, and withdraw from everyday activities and things you used to enjoy.
Another characteristic of PTSD is feeling on guard all the time, and suddenly feeling angry or irritable. There can be problems with sleeping and concentration, and you may be startled easily. As a result, depression, disassociation, or other mental health problems can develop.
PTSD may not develop until months or years after the trauma. Particularly with childhood abuse, symptoms of PTSD can pass, then reappear later in life. Each time symptoms appear, however, they provide an opportunity for healing.
Research has proven EMDR to be the one of the most effective forms of treatment for trauma and PTSD. I use EMDR in my practice to help you recover from the effects of trauma through the use of repeated short-focused attention on the traumatic event. Please see my EMDR page for more information about how EMDR might help you release your suffering.
If you suffer from PTSD, you likely have symptoms of intense anxiety as well.
To help you manage these anxiety symptoms, I teach you skills to help you cope better with the symptoms and triggers of post traumatic stress disorder. They can help reduce the intensity of the symptoms, though they need to be practiced to be effective. Learning skills can be very helpful in controlling anxiety while doing EMDR. Some techniques used include relaxation, breathing techniques, assertiveness training, and positive self talk.
Please end your suffering. Call me today to see if we might be a good fit. I offer a free 15 minute consultation. Start your journey toward healing.