"Trauma creates changes you don't choose. Healing is about creating change that you do choose"
Most people will experience trauma in their lifetime whether it’s a single incident trauma like a car accident or a death of a loved one; or cumulative trauma like abuse, bullying, chronic exposure to actions of war or stress and pressure from first responder duties.
While many people can recover from trauma over time with the love and support of family and friends and bounce back with resiliency, others may discover effects of lasting trauma, which can cause a person to live with deep emotional pain, fear, or confusion far after the event has passed.
In these circumstances, the support, guidance, and assistance of a therapist is fundamental to healing from trauma. If you are tired of thinking about what’s happened to you, and sick of feeling held back by your past experiences, I know that I can help. Contact me for a complimentary phone call and we’ll get you started!
Do I have a Posttraumatic Stress Injury?
Posttraumatic stress injury- also known as P.T.S.D. – is a challenge to mental health that may occur in individuals who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as, but not limited to, a natural disaster, an act of war, a physical accident, rape, abuse or any other violent personal assault.
It is believed that Posttraumatic Stress Injury affects nearly four percent of the U.S. adult population. While it is usually linked with veterans who’ve experienced combat, Posttraumatic Stress Injury can impact all people regardless of age, race, nationality, vocation or culture. We become “traumatized” when our nervous systems are overwhelmed and the body/mind is unable to process an experience. A combination of factors such as stress, life experiences, personality, neurology and genetics impact how we respond. One person may emerge from an event upset but intact, while another can be shaken to his or her depths and begin to present with symptoms, or trauma reactions.
What are the Symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Injury/Disorder?
People with Posttraumatic Stress Injury often experience intense thoughts and feelings related to their traumatic experiences. These can last for a long time after the initial event. Many people with Posttraumatic Stress Injury also relive the event through flashbacks and nightmares.
People with Posttraumatic Stress Injury often feel intense emotions such as fear, anger, sadness and a detachment from friends, family and community members. They often avoid people and situations that remind them of the traumatic event. Ordinary sounds or incidents such as a door banging or accidental touch in a crowd may cause a strong and uncontrollable reaction.
How Can Treatment Help Me?
Research has proven psychotherapy to be the most effective form of treatment for trauma. Most commonly, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) are used in treating trauma.
- EMDR – EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. This technique uses bilateral sensory input such as side-to-side eye movements to stimulate the brain to process difficult thoughts, memories and emotions.
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) – CBT is a form of talk therapy that focuses on how thoughts, feelings and behaviors are related to one another. The goal of a CBT therapist is to help a client with PTSD return to a place of hope with a greater sense of being in control of their thoughts and behaviors.
If you or a loved one suffer from Posttraumatic Stress Injury/Disorder or match the trauma symptoms listed above, and you are located in California, I am confident that I can help! I invite you to contact me today for a free 15 minute phone consultation to see about how I can help stop surviving your trauma and start living again today.