Counseling for PTSD and trauma
Have you been feeling tense, anxious, or overwhelmed?
Or, numb and disconnected from your body?
You might feel jumpy and on edge – like you can’t let down your guard.
Maybe you’re tired of repeating the same unhealthy relationship patterns over and over.
Or, you might have realized that you’ve been taking care of everyone in your life but yourself.
If you’ve been through terrible events, it doesn’t have to affect you for the rest of your life. PTSD treatment can help.
Many people who have experienced traumatic events say they feel like they are stuck on an emotional roller coaster. Sometimes they feel tense and nervous, other times they feel numb and disconnected. In trauma therapy, we help people learn healthy coping skills to manage anxiety, overwhelming emotions, and depression.
You might be wondering if what you went through was a traumatic event.
Dealing with the aftermath of a terrible event can be difficult to handle, no matter what type of experience you went through. Some people begin to question if what they experienced was really a traumatic event. The experience of trauma is unique and individual. It is about your own emotional experience – you get to decide if an event was traumatic for you. Sometimes this could be a single event like a car accident, sexual assault, or death of a loved one. Or, you may have experienced a long-term pattern like child abuse, a chaotic family, or domestic abuse. This pattern of events over time is called complex trauma.
Other traumatic experiences may include:
Physical or sexual abuse or assault
Witnessing domestic violence
Serious accidents or injuries
Unexpected loss of a loved one
Traumatic pet loss
Military or combat stress
Any other event that you experienced as traumatic
No matter what you’ve been through, there is hope for healing the wounds of the past.
If you’re struggling to cope with trauma or post traumatic stress (PTSD), you might be feeling:
Tense and anxious
Disconnected from your body
That you can’t trust others
That you trust too easily
That you repeat the same dysfunctional relationship patterns
Like you take care of everyone but yourself
Physical problems – stomach aches, headaches, muscle tension
Sleep problems – difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, nightmares
Flashbacks of traumatic events
These are all normal reactions to the traumatic events you have been through.
We specialize in Body-based trauma therapy
There is increasing evidence of the usefulness of alternative and integrative techniques in trauma therapy including yoga, meditation, guided imagery, and hypnosis. These techniques allow us to remain present in the here-and-now and to stay grounded in our bodies. We incorporate body-based techniques in PTSD treatment and offer trauma sensitive yoga and meditation groups.
You might still have some questions or concerns about PTSD/trauma therapy.
Will I have to re-live my trauma in PTSD treatment? Talking about my past in counseling might make me feel worse.
As PTSD therapists, our goal is to keep you feeling safe and in control. Often, the first skills we help people with are to stay grounded and feel safe. We meet clients where they are and let them set the pace. Some people feel that they need to revisit the traumatic experience in order to heal. This might mean telling the story but reprocessing it new ways. However, this isn’t the case for everyone. Our bodies know how to heal and can release the stress of trauma without talking about it. Everyone’s recovery is different, so we will work together to help you develop the skills you need to feel better.
I can’t change the past. How will trauma therapy help?
While we can’t change your past, we can change how it impacts you today. In PTSD treatment we can explore and shift long-standing patterns and beliefs that may be holding you back. Through body-based approaches, like yoga, meditation, or grounding, we can shift the way the nervous system processes stressful memories. Many people find that their body feels better – they notice less headaches and muscle tension and they fall asleep easier. As a result, they can live their lives more fully without the weight of traumatic memories and emotion stored in the body.
How will PTSD treatment improve my relationships?
Many people who have been through traumatic experiences, especially complex trauma during childhood, struggle in relationships. It can be difficult for some people to open up and trust. Others find that they are overly trusting and get hurt easily. We help people to stop repeating dysfunctional relationship patterns. Our trauma therapists help people learn to open up in healthy, affirming relationships. We can also help you to feel more confident saying “no,” and setting healthy boundaries.
I’ve been to counseling before and still struggle. How will trauma therapy with you be different?
Many of our therapists have a background in yoga, meditation, or hypnosis. This gives us a unique view of how stress and emotions are stored in the body. Traumatic memories can be stored in the body and it has been shown that the most effective techniques include the body in the healing process. We incorporate body-based approaches like yoga, meditation, and guided imagery, with evidence-based talk-therapy.