We are witnessing an increase of school shootings in our communities, natural disasters throughout our nation, and frequent news reports of abuse (sexual, emotional, verbal, physical) in our neighborhoods. These are just a few examples of the traumatic experiences that are happening around us and to us as a society. Trauma may cause you to feel as if you have no control over your reactions. You may be waking up and unable to sleep due to nightmares of your traumatic event. You might even experience flashbacks that occur throughout your day. This can leave you feeling desperate to find a way to escape the pain and avoid the people, places, and circumstances that cause you painful memories.
Are you ready to re-engage in your relationships and the life that you want to live? There is hope.
I help individuals dealing with the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder through two different types of interventions: EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) and CPT (Cognitive Processing Therapy). EMDR was created in the late 1980’s to help combat the effects of PTSD. The creator found that by rapidly moving her eyes back and forth, she could help alleviate the distress that she was experiencing when having a disturbing thought. EMDR is an 8 phase process that incorporates the client’s images and thoughts about the event as well as the bodies sensations and emotions that they have regarding it.
CPT is a 12-16 session treatment. It was developed by the Veteran Administration for those dealing with the effects of combat related stress and later found to be helpful in treating various forms of trauma. It focuses on the client’s beliefs or “stuck points” regarding the traumatic event. It is a manualized treatment that incorporates daily homework to regularly practice challenging thoughts about the traumatic experience one has gone through.
Please call, today, for a consult to determine which therapy is most appropriate.