Trauma and PTSD

Woman receiving reassurance from psychologist during trauma therapy session in office Are you suffering from a trauma that you haven’t fully recovered from? Have you experienced a stressful event such as combat, assault, robbery, a car accident or the loss of a loved one? Did you witness a crime or other violent act? Perhaps you were the victim of physical or emotional abuse or neglect as a child. Or maybe you’ve had challenging relationships as an adult. Are you dealing with an illness or disability? Do you wish you could finally heal your emotional scars and make a fresh start?

Trauma is an intense emotional reaction to something that was scary, unexpected or out of your control. Whether the trauma you experienced happened 20 years or 20 minutes ago, it can have a profound effect on your psyche and your life.

Trauma Can Cause Debilitating Physical And Mental Health Issues

Traumatic memories don’t get processed like typical memories because in that moment, the logical, reasoning part of the brain gets bypassed—instead, you must act now and think later. Many people think that trauma has to stem from one specific, horrible event – but the truth is that trauma is just as often the result of many small interactions or events that build up over time.

For example, you may have had parents who interacted with you in a way that wasn’t necessarily abusive, but that made you feel bad about yourself, confused or uncertain. Your self-image (which is formed early in life), then affects the way you interact with the world. When you experience trauma as a young person, it physically affects the way the brain develops. Trauma creates a brain wired for fear and hypervigilance, making it very hard for you to feel safe and secure. This type of brain development can have a big impact on your lifestyle and relationships later in life.

People who experience trauma later in life can get stuck, too. If traumatic memories are not processed properly, they can be stored in the body and brain and manifest as emotional or physical symptoms such as aches and pains, chronic illness, flashbacks, nightmares, avoidance, muscle tension or fibromyalgia. It can be difficult to even think about the traumatic experience without experiencing the emotional discomfort all over again.

If you have unresolved trauma, you may have trouble having healthy, emotional intimacy. It can be very difficult to trust or open up to other people. You might also have trouble staying on task or keeping up with responsibilities because you’re easily distracted. Or, maybe you’re diving in to responsibilities, burying yourself in work or other tasks in order to avoid your emotions. You could feel emotionally numb or overly sensitive, depending on the day. It’s exhausting and can wreak havoc on your body’s nervous system.

The good news is that help is available. With the help of a skilled trauma therapist, you can work through your traumatic experience and finally heal. It’s never too late to learn new, healthy ways of interacting with the world—and with yourself.

Trauma Therapy Can Help You Finally Move On And Enjoy Life In The Present

Many people go their whole life without resolving their trauma, never being able to fully enjoy the present moment because they are stuck in fight or flight mode. More people than you think have had at least a mildly traumatic experience at some point.

Woman receiving Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing by psychologist Trauma therapy can be very effective because it gets to the root of what’s causing your symptoms. There are a number of ways to treat trauma and trauma symptoms. Often, people choose to process their traumatic memories in a way that helps them develop a new relationship with those memories so they’re less debilitating. For those who want to process their trauma, we often use EMDR. Many patients prefer EMDR because they don’t have to talk about their traumatic experience if they don’t want to. However, we also offer trauma processing without EMDR for those who prefer a different approach.

We can also deal with trauma without reprocessing memories. In these cases, we’ll work on helping you feel better about your present life, and get more in touch with your body and how to work with the physical symptoms of trauma as well as identifying and shifting how your traumatic experience effects your day to day life. In trauma therapy, we will teach you tools to effectively manage the intrusive memories and distressing emotions when they come up.

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Trauma therapy can help you feel calmer, more in control and more self-confident. When needed, you can learn a whole new way of interacting with others and the world, which can make you feel safer and more secure. You don’t have to stay stuck in your trauma or bad memories. Trauma therapy can help you move on from what happened and have the life you want. Schedule an appointment with a trauma specialist today.

Still have questions about trauma therapy? We can discuss your specific situation and whether trauma therapy might benefit you. Schedule a free 15-minute consultation or your first appointment through our secure Client Portal or contact us.