Trauma Counselling and PTSD Treatment
Are you feeling helpless or unsafe following a traumatic experience?
Living with trauma is incredibly hard. Panic attacks, intrusive thoughts from the past and constant alertness can make your life feel like a never-ending nightmare. You might jump at the slightest sound. Hold a constant, heavy feeling that someone is watching you. You may feel that you can’t trust anyone. Living in a state of doubt and fear makes the world around you seems like a very scary place. It appears that everything you do require twice the energy it would take a ‘normal’ person.
Trauma symptoms can be incredibly draining. They are both mentally and physically exhausting. The cycle of symptoms often leave you re-living your trauma over and over again with no way of stopping it.
It’s a lot like an unpleasant movie you’re forced to watch in a theatre where you’re trapped in the chair with your eyelids taped open. It doesn’t feel real. Each replay feels almost as painful as the last. This is your brain hurting itself over and over again for months, or even years, on end.
If only you could stop the problematic and unwanted thoughts from creeping into your mind. If you could just figure out how to leave behind – once and for all – those painful memories of traumatic events that you didn’t want or deserve in the first place.
You may question the meaning of your suffering and wonder whether you will ever be able to get past it. Whatever happened to you – the past is not letting you forget and continues to act as an intruder on your daily life. You end up suffering from guilt, shame, fear, or loneliness. You keep asking yourself…
Why am I struggling so much with this?
The answer might be that you are dealing with the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or complex-PTSD. Trauma can be experienced as something horrific that you are helpless to prevent and/or threatening to either your survival or the survival of others.
Trauma can be when something happens to you, large or small, that leaves you feeling distressed and unable to process what has happened. The effects can be long lasting and often create distressing symptoms. Overall, trauma creates extreme stress in the body and mind. This stress can impede your ability to enjoy healthy relationships or cope with normal life pressures and demands.
Some of the most resilient people in the world are those who have experienced trauma. What you are going through is not in any way a deficiency. It is a sign of strength. Symptoms of PTSD are simply indicators that there is more healing work to be achieved.
Everyone experiences loss or trauma at some point in their lives
For some survivors, the losses are physical and tangible, such as people we loved or a body that once functioned perfectly. For others, the losses are emotional and more intangible, such as the loss of uncomplicated wholeness, or perhaps lost memories of beloved times and places. A time when your life was good, real and easy.
Exposure to traumatic experiences is rampant in our society. According to a recent survey, a whopping 60% of men and 51% of women in the general population report at least one traumatic event in their lives. Approximately 25 percent of people who experience a disturbing event go on to develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In fact, around 4 million Australians are estimated to be living with PTSD. It’s an epidemic. But the good news is that you are not alone.
It’s a great tragedy that many people who struggle with this disorder don’t receive the treatment they need. They suffer in silence, diminishing their ability to lead happy and productive lives as a result. But many of those who seek effective, evidence-based PTSD treatment find that they are able to return to healthy, full functioning lives again. This is a very real situation where time does little to help you heal. You can do better.
If you are ready to take the next step – please get in touch with me today.
Trauma Counselling and PTSD Treatment can provide a safe place for healing
Trauma work is very complex and unless trauma is the absolute focus for your therapist, they’re often going to miss the important details. There have been recent breakthroughs in understanding how to treat trauma effectively, as opposed to simply talking about it. You don’t have to revisit your trauma in any great detail ever again. In fact, that approach is proven to be counterproductive.
Just talking about trauma without a science based and proven technique can often create an even greater hole for you to climb out of at some point. Without proper attention and addressing the root cause of your trauma, living a life haunted by traumatic events can limit your potential for a happy, fulfilling and emotionally prosperous future.
You did not ask for the things that you’ve been through, and you certainly did not ask your mind to paint and repaint the pictures in high definition flashback form. Either way, coming to terms with irreversible loss is an essential part of your trauma integration process.
It’s time to reawaken your joy of life
Working together, we can recover, reconstruct and reawaken your life in a warm, safe, non-judgemental environment. You will be able to do as much or as little as you are comfortable with. I recognize that each person is on their own healing journey. Each journey is unique. As a trauma therapist, my job is to guide you through the process of trauma integration.
I work in a way that won’t retrigger or retraumatise you, allowing you access to a much easier, gentler way of living life. I will help you integrate your vulnerabilities with the resources you already have but lost access to. We will take the time to integrate your traumatic memories with your compassion and reawaken your joy for life.
Bringing healing to people who have been through a traumatic/stressful experience is my greatest passion. I can help you find healthy perceptions of yourself and strengthen your relationships so that you can recognise yourself as being peaceful, complete and safe. You will always be a valued part of the therapeutic alliance, and your input will play an important role as we work together.
We will approach your journey to healing as a team to help you identify and reach your goals in a timely manner. I will offer my professional support and expertise to make it possible.
Perhaps you are still wondering whether Trauma Counselling and PTSD Treatment are right for you
I’ve tried therapy before but it didn’t work – how can your approach make a difference and help me?
Effective therapy requires a joint effort between you and the therapist. The power of therapeutic rapport and attunement is often far stronger than many realize. Studies have shown that the support of a skilled and effective therapist who will walk with you through the dark places is extremely beneficial. I personally like to focus specifically on building this trust with you by including you in every step of your healing.
My approach to trauma honours peoples’ need to feel safe in therapy. We will go at a pace that feels just right for you, building safety resources first. With that in place, when you choose to talk about your experiences, you can do so in a way that does not send your brain into a place where it detects danger. We will work together to make sure you feel supported and capable of managing any emotions that arise when you choose to talk about your memories.
Rather than tell you how to live your life, I will help you understand how your mind, body, and emotions all come together. It will help you recognize overwhelming feelings and find a source of relief before they become too intense to deal with. We will work on the skills and resources you need to turn that knowledge into a powerful source of ongoing strength so you can live your life with much greater joy and confidence.
I am scared to talk about it over and over again – just thinking about it is already terrifying. I don’t want to make things worse.
If you are afraid of being hurt again – you aren’t being weak, you are being smart. When certain people, places, and things in the past have not been safe for you, you naturally learn to be extremely cautious and find it difficult to trust others. It makes a lot of sense that you want to avoid any more pain. You are just protecting yourself. Anything new, whether it be a new therapist or new approach, will be scary in the beginning. I completely understand. For trauma work it’s essential that – first and foremost – you feel safe with me and my approach to trauma therapy.
Trauma-informed psychotherapy can help you understand your thoughts and feelings about what has happened to you, thus improving your daily functioning. PTSD treatment can help you experience reduced anxiety, clearer thinking, deeper relaxation, and a genuine path to healing. Treatment aims to teach you about the disorder and work through fears associated with the traumatic event. You will learn to recognize and change thought patterns that lead to difficult emotions, feelings, and behaviours. This will lead you to feel empowered and back in control of your own destiny.
How long will it take to fix things?
No two people experience trauma in the same way. Each journey towards healing will be unique and dependent on the individual. While most clients start to feel some relief in as little as 2-3 sessions, total freedom will hinge on your unique goals and needs. Therefore, it can sometimes take months or years. If you are dealing with a complex history of trauma or co-occurring issues such as anxiety or depression, it’s likely to take a little longer. The truth is that real change is hard and it takes time, even when we are willing to change.
Think about it this way: Time is going to pass anyway, so do you really want to spend that time suffering from anxiety and depression or would you rather spend that time beginning to feel even a little bit better and taking back control of your life? Most importantly, we will do this work together and I will adapt my approach to your unique needs and therapy goals. I will make sure that you receive the most effective and time-efficient support in a way that is empowering for you.
There is hope. You can heal from what has happened to you.
You are a unique individual and you are deserving of a trauma therapy plan that is customized to meet your individual needs. Many have experienced and overcome the debilitating effects of PTSD, and you can too. You don’t have to go through this alone. If you are ready to take the next step toward feeling better – please get in touch at a time that is convenient for you and I will be sure to make contact as soon as I can.