Trauma, regardless if it is a one-time, multiple, or long-lasting repetitive event, affects everyone differently. Most people who have been exposed to traumatic events develop feelings of fear, anger, guilt, shame, and sometimes even shock. At a reasonable level, these can all be considered very normal reactions to any number of unnatural or disturbing experiences. However, for some, these deeply distressing events can leave you stuck and in a constant fight, flight or freeze response to everyday life. When it gets to this point, it has more than likely developed into PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Untreated Symptoms of PTSD Will Almost Always Intensify Over Time
Intrusive Memories | Avoidance | Negative Changes In Thinking & Mood | Changes In Physical & Emotional Reactions | Flashbacks | Panic Attacks | Increased Anxiety & Depression
The effects of trauma can eventually result in the inability to function as you did before the traumatic event in normal daily tasks, relationships, careers, and especially within your family system. When you engage in trauma-focused therapy we will be working together to help you develop and practice skills that can help decrease your traumatic stress symptoms and other mental health symptoms associated with the trauma. Over time you will experience a decrease in depressed moods, anxiety, dissociation, trauma related shame or guilt as well as intrusive symptoms such as flashbacks and nightmares. It is my hope that we can work together and you will not only reduce your symptoms of PTSD, you will also find the courage and purpose that might be missing in your life as a result of what you have been through. Your trauma symptoms will gradually start to fade as you process, in a healthy way, the unsettling event that has kept you stuck for so long.
When trauma is affecting your life in this capacity you could be re-experiencing it through nightmares, current relational issues, events that trigger memories of the trauma, or you could even have the sensation that the trauma is happening all over again. In short, this is happening because your mind and body are naturally trying to process the trauma. Sadly, it is very common to feel like there is something wrong with you or it is your fault and we assure you this is the farthest thing from the truth. The trauma you experienced has overwhelmed your brain's natural ability to heal itself, and the absolute best thing you can do for yourself when this happens is to work with a trauma therapist in a safe environment.
By the time our clients have found their way to us, more than likely they have already demonstrated an enormous amount of resiliency; just by the mere act of surviving the trauma and continuing with life as best they can. It is completely normal to feel scared and upset. You might even be feeling guilt or shame about certain aspects of your trauma. While this is a common response, what you experienced is not your fault and recovering from trauma takes time. Everyone heals at their own pace, and if you allow us to, we will be with you each and every step of the way for as long as it takes.
We've helped countless individuals work through their trauma and reclaim their lives. This is no easy task and one that we consider to be essential in order to re-engage fully in your life. This type of work requires a strong and safe therapeutic bond. We know that doesn't just happen overnight, which is why initially we will work to earn your trust and create a safe space for you to explore the deeply disturbing events that have brought you to where you are today. Once we have established your sessions as a place of safety, we will engage in more targeted trauma work and begin your true journey to healing.