·        Is there a part of your life that continues to haunt you?
·        Do you spend a large part of your life trying to avoid things that remind you of this event?
·        Do you find yourself jumpy or early startled?
·        Do nightmares and/or daydreams keep you anxious?
·        Do you constantly wait for the next shoe to drop because things simply do not feel like they ever go your way?
·        Do your emotions feel more or less intense than those around you?
·        When someone experiences a trauma it can affect all parts of their lives.
·        You may not be able to connect with others, or find it hard to enjoy activities.
·        You may be unsure if the event is your fault and feel guilt and shame regularly.

Sometimes the trauma is so intense that our brain stores it away and we cannot remember what happened. Our brain does this to protect us, but it can be very frustrating.
Sometimes the trauma happened for so long we do not even know it is not normal to others and we wonder why it affects us.

No matter how trauma presents itself to you it’s not comfortable.

Why does this affect me? Am I broken?

Our brains are designed to protect us and often do. However, sometimes when a significant event, or several difficult situations occur our brain gets stuck protecting us. Because your brain can only respond to one thing at a time, it leaves you feeling stuck and at limited capacity. The fact that your brain responds this way does not mean you are broken or weak, it means you are human and your brain is working the way it should be. It wants to protect you so that a similar event will not happen again. We know that while this primitive part of our brain is extremely helpful, it can sometimes get in the way of success. This is when post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) shows up.

Luckily PTSD counseling can give you the strength to both be successful and protect yourself without all this discomfort.

Trauma Therapy Works

One of the things we know about trauma is that knowing what to expect can feel safe and be very comforting. For this reason I spend time making sure you know the steps to treatment and what to expect.  

Throughout the entire trauma counseling experience we will develop and practice techniques that can calm you and make you feel safe where ever you are. These are techniques that will tell your brain that you are currently safe, even though in the past you have not been, and you currently do not feel safe.

First we will establish a sense of safety in the office. While I am an expert in the field, I am still a stranger and I want to make sure you feel safe before starting anything.  I want you to know that while your world outside may be chaotic, the hour you spend with me will be safe and productive. This is an area that is judgment free and welcoming.

Next we will make a plan for how we will treat your trauma. You will be involved in this plan, not just told what to do. For some this means skill building around current symptoms they would like to manage. For others this means finding a deeper meaning in their past experiences. For still others, it means reprocessing this memory using EMDR therapy (more information can be found about EMDR therapy Here)

While trauma treatment is hard work for everyone, I like working with trauma because the changes that happen expand to most parts of people’s lives. While receiving my degree from University of Denver I received a Trauma Therapy Certificate. This allowed me to practice trauma therapy for adults in a variety of different settings. I have worked with various different types of trauma including: torture survivors, survivors of rape or other sexual traumas, survivors of emotional trauma from significant others, family members, or bosses, and survivors of physical abuse. I have worked with people who can confidently say they survived a trauma and with people who are unsure and struggle to label their experience this way. No matter what category you may fall into, trauma treatment works and can change your life for the better.

You my still have questions about trauma treatment

Will I have to tell my whole traumatic story?

Your story is yours to own. You may tell as much or as little detail as you feel comfortable. I work to form a safe, nonjudgmental environment where you can know that whatever part of your story you tell it will remain in the room and not be judged.
If you do not feel comfortable telling your story we will focus on the symptoms that you experience today and discuss skills that you can use to manage your current symptoms.
 
Is it worth it to go through all this work?

Absolutely, changes can be seen in relationships, careers, and a general sense of self. Trauma has a way of bogging you down making it difficult to grow. Trauma therapy allows you the freedom to gain your sense of self back so that you can grow and thrive in whatever goals you are hoping to accomplish.
Not to mention, you no longer have to be alone in your journey. You have a trained professional who is willing to hold your hand and help you climb the ladder out of your current situation into a new more comfortable one.

I heard it can make things worse, is this true?

I find it very important to spend some time gaining skills so that you can feel grounded and safe when you leave my office and go back to your day to day life. Sometimes, what we talk about in session maybe difficult and bring up uncomfortable emotions, however, we will make sure that this stays in the office so as not to make things worse for you in your daily life. Things do not necessarily have to get worse to get better.
That being said, once in a blue moon I miss something and you may get home and not know how to use the skills we discussed. I encourage you to call me so that you can re-gain skills and not have to wait for the next session to feel better.





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