Feel trapped in overdrive – on edge, irritable, ready to snap?
Do you experience poor concentration or confusion, or feel easily overwhelmed?
Do you suffer from trauma related scars, nightmares, or flashbacks?
Do you avoid situations or reminders of the traumatic event?
Are you suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, or depression?
You should know you are not alone.
A study published in the Journal of Traumatic Stress revealed that post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a common occurrence with just over eight percent of people in one community experiencing PTSD in their lifetimes. Trauma is often the result of an overwhelming amount of distress which exceeds one’s ability to cope with or integrate the emotions involved in the experience. So when we include those who experience significant trauma but don’t fit typical PTSD criteria, the statistics become as worrying as they are staggering meaning that many people suffer from the devastating after-effects of the traumatic experience for weeks, years or even decades beyond the initial experience.
Trauma can alter how the brain functions. It’s signs and symptoms can vary from finding it difficult to trust and being constantly on guard (hypervigilance), to sudden panic and intrusive, anxiety-ridden thoughts. Trauma, without question, can significantly impact your quality of life.
And while the signs and symptoms can feel complex and at times overwhelming, feeling better is more than possible. In fact, with the application of evidenced-based treatments and strategies such a self regulation (intentionally relaxing the body) you can expect consistent improvement in reducing perceived threats.
I have guided numerous clients through the process of confronting traumatic stimuli successfully. This means they have gained control over their traumatic experiences in a safe and supportive environment. We will work together in a collaborative process of teaching and learning to achieve healing.
So if these sound like you…
– I struggle with anxiety or depression
– I relive traumatic events with accompanying unwanted memories, vivid images, and physical signs like sweating, palpitations, and panic attacks
– I am hypervigilant or easily frightened
– I feel edgy or irritable often
– I feel like the joy, love, and other positive emotions are voided from my life
– I’d like professional help to better understand and cope with past trauma
– I want to live an easier, happier, more connected life
…Then trauma therapy may offer the ideal therapeutic approach for you.
Trauma therapy combines different approaches and techniques to help reduce and even eliminate the painful psychological, emotional and physical responses elicited by the integration of past traumatic events with the present moment, and seeks to create new healthier patterns in your brain. If you would like me to show you how to take your next steps down the road of recovery, please contact me today for an appointment.