“Trauma is personal. It does not disappear if it is not validated. When it is ignored or invalidated the silent screams continue internally heard only by the one held captive. When someone enters the pain and hears the screams healing can begin.”
You have been through something traumatic. Whatever you went through, it felt overwhelming to you. It may have not been as anything dramatic as rape or war, but it left you feeling like you were knocked off your feet. The difficulty sleeping, the negative self-talk, the anxiety, and getting triggered all the time are getting old.
Trauma is all too common
We are witnessing an increase of school shootings in our communities, natural disasters throughout our nation, and frequent news reports of abuse in our neighborhoods. These are just a few examples of the traumatic experiences that are happening around us.
Trauma may cause you to feel as if you have no control over your reactions. Secondly, 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. It can cause you to be on high alert, all the time, and you never feel that you can just relax. This can leave you feeling desperate to find a way to escape the pain. Some people go out of their way and avoid the people, places, and circumstances that cause them painful memories.
Are you ready to re-engage in your relationships and the life that you want to live? There is hope.
Symptoms of PTSD
According to the DSM V (the “gold standard” for diagnosing mental health problems) signs you are experiencing PTSD include:
- Unwanted upsetting memories
- Trauma-related thoughts or feelings
- Feeling “triggered” by any reminders of the trauma
- Inability to recall key features of the trauma
- Overly negative thoughts and assumptions about oneself or the world
- Exaggerated blame of self or others for causing the trauma
- Negative affect
- Decreased interest in activities
- Feeling isolated
- Difficulty experiencing positive affect
- Irritability or aggression
- Risky or destructive behavior
- Heightened startle reaction
- Difficulty concentrating
- Difficulty sleeping
If you are experiencing several of these symptoms or feel like an upsetting situation from your past is keeping you from fully living your life now, you may have PTSD
I Provide Trauma Therapy for Individuals in Fort Worth
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). These are both evidence based trauma treatments, that means that they are well researched and tested. This means that it gives you the best chance to heal from PTSD.
PTSd is very treatable, you don’t have to live with all the symptoms described above. I have helped many other people move on from other traumatic experiences. I can help you as well.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing)
EMDR was created in the late 1980’s to help help people heal from PTSD. It is an 8 phase trauma treatment. EMDR helps you explore and face the image, thoughts, sensations, and emotions you have related to the stressful event you experienced. The treatment works because traumatic events cause our bodies to hold on to images, emotions, beliefs, and sensations related to a traumatic experience.
Take a second and think about one of your favorite childhood memories. As you think on it, what do you notice feeling in your body. Is there a smile coming over your face, or are you reminiscing about the fun times you had with your family growing up. For example, think of times when you can remember good memories as a kid and focus the feelings surrounding it, traumatic experiences store negative emotions in your body from the experience.
CPT (Cognitive Processing Therapy)
Cognitive Processing Therapy is a 12-16 session treatment. The Veteran Administration created the treatment for those dealing with the effects of combat related stress. CPT has demonstrated to be helpful in treating various forms of trauma. CPT focuses on the client’s beliefs or “stuck points” regarding the traumatic event. People’s beliefs are shaped, through trauma, in a way that determines how they see things in the future. It is a manualized treatment that incorporates daily homework to regularly practice challenging thoughts about the traumatic experience one has gone through.
Begin Trauma Counseling in Fort Worth, TX
Don’t wait to get help if you have PTSD. You don’t have to live with PTSD symptoms. At my Fort Worth counseling clinic, I specialize in trauma treatment. As EMDR & CPT therapist, I offer trauma counseling for those dealing with emotional abuse, neglect, and betrayal trauma . Contact Anew Counseling today to begin healing.
Other Counseling Services at Anew Counseling
In addition to working with trauma, I often work with those dealing with addiction and their loved ones. My specialty is sex and porn addiction treatment. I also offer couples and marriage counseling where there that has been betrayal trauma due to sex and porn addiction.