Do you suffer from long term depression and anxiety and painful memories?
Do you feel easily overwhelmed or feel like you experience triggers that bring to mind past traumatic events?
Do you suffer from trauma related scars, nightmares, or flashbacks?
Do you use addictions, self-injury, to cope with stress or to avoid thinking about the past?
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 perhaps more common than you think. Just over eight percent of people in our community will experience PTSD in their lifetimes, 4.7% within the past year, and 3.8% in the past six month period. When we include those who also suffer following significant trauma but don’t fit typical PTSD criteria, the statistics become as worrying as they are staggering.
This means that millions of Americans continue to suffer from the devastating after effects of traumatic experiences often beginning in childhood.
Trauma and stress can alter how the brain functions, and its signs and symptoms can vary from finding it difficult to trust and being constantly on guard, to sudden panic and intrusive, anxiety-ridden thoughts. Trauma, without question, can significantly impact your daily life.
And while the signs and symptoms can feel complex and at times overwhelming, feeling better is more than possible. In fact, with trauma therapy that addresses the trauma from body centered focus that will help your body to heal and reduce stress responses is the most beneficial approach to dealing with PTSD symptoms.
I have helped many clients gain positive ground over their traumatic experiences in a safe, gentle, and supportive environment. I offer somatic approaches including somatic touch work (I have over 100 hours of specific training in touch work for trauma) to best support you and work with you as an equal collaborator in your treatment and 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 hyper vigilant or easily frightened
– I feel like I disassociate and lose time
– I feel like the joy, love, and other positive emotions have been sucked from my life
– I’d like professional help to better understand and cope with previous trauma
– I want to live an easier, happier, more connected life
…Then trauma therapy may offer the ideal therapeutic approach for you.
Trauma therapy addresses how your body responds to traumatic stress and events in your body. This approach and techniques help to lessen, even eliminate, the painful mental and physical responses raised by the memory of traumatic events, and seeks to create new healthier patterns in your brain.
In trauma therapy I work with you toward lessening, even extinguishing, the pain. It is my goal to identify the source and triggers for your emotional and physical suffering. To explore and bring awareness to stress responses and ways to increase your capacity to deal with and manage distress and enable you to move forward. If you would like me to show you how to take your next steps on the road of recovery and healing, please contact me today for an appointment.