Trauma Therapy works. It can help you heal from PTSD.
Anyone who has lived through trauma or abuse wants what we all want: to feel safe, to feel happy and to feel at peace.
Have you lived through trauma or abuse? Do you have memories you can’t shake during the day or that haunt you at night? Are you easily distracted or irritable? Do you have trouble trusting others?
Many people who have survived trauma or abuse have these experiences:
- They have memories they can’t shake and they yearn to get back to feeling joyful and peaceful.
- They haven’t told anyone about the abuse or the terrible stuff they witnessed
- They relive the trauma and avoid things that make them think about the trauma
- They feel upset inside when they remember what happened.
- They believe no one will understand them
- They worry they are to blame for what happened
- They feel ashamed about what happened
- They don’t feel comfortable being sexual because of their abuse history
- They can’t get past the past
Trauma is more common than most people realize.
Almost half of the children in our country have been exposed to trauma. That is nearly 35 million children. It is especially common for anyone who has grown up in homes where there has been alcohol or drug abuse or dependence, or where there was mental illness.
Both men and women have an almost equally likelihood to have gone through trauma, according to the VA’s National Center for PTSD. They cite “About 6 of every 10 (or 60%) of men and 5 of every 10 (or 50%) of women experience at least one trauma in their lives. Women are more likely to experience sexual assault and child sexual abuse. Men are more likely to experience accidents, physical assault, combat, disaster, or to witness death or injury.”
Researchers know that living through trauma, whether in childhood, or adulthood, can affect a person in significant ways. Normal reactions to trauma can include:
- Trouble sleeping
- Feeling anxious or moody
- Feeling easily angered or reactive
- Feeling afraid or fearful
- Wanting to isolate
- Feeling tired or having low energy
- Having trouble concentrating
- Not taking as good care of health habits
The good news is that all these symptoms can be temporary and they can change with good treatment.
Sometimes When You Live Through Something Traumatic It Still Has an Effect On You. Trauma Therapy can help you recover and feel good again.
When you are reeling from the aftermath of something traumatic, you might have been told you have PTSD. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a way to describe how people sometimes feel or react to having survived trauma. It does not mean you are reacting wrongly or that you are crazy, although many times clients who have PTSD have told me they felt crazy.
Contrary to what you may think or have heard, PTSD is very treatable. You can begin healing by coming to a therapist like me who has specific training in trauma therapy.
Clients with PTSD/trauma histories are able to learn new skills for reducing anxiety and begin to heal old sorrows and ways to looking at the world. They are given tools in the first session that help ease their self-judgments and reconcile the past so it can start to just feel like an old story, instead of something that still has a grip on them.