“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.”
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.
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).
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing)
EMDR was created in the late 1980’s to help combat the effects of PTSD. Francine Shapiro, creator of EMDR, developed a treatment that alleviated the distress that individuals who have experienced trauma. Moreover, EMDR is an 8 phase process that integrates the client’s images and thoughts about the event as well as the bodies sensations and emotions that they have regarding it. Traumatic events cause our bodies to store the experience through the 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.
Please call, today, for a consult to determine which therapy is most appropriate.