PTSD Treatment & Trauma Therapy in North Carolina
You feel afraid, ashamed, guilty, and stuck, and you don’t know why.
You are constantly on alert, you are constantly on edge.
Do you struggle to suppress strong emotions that others do not understand?
It’s hard to connect with people, even those who care about you. You just can’t let them in.
You have nightmares, flashbacks, or intrusive thoughts of that time.
Your world feels like it is shattering, again. You’ve picked yourself up and survived countless times before, yet you can’t seem to catch a break.
PTSD Treatment & Trauma Therapy can help.
Are you ready to feel happy and safe again? Do you want to feel confident, secure, and satisfied in your relationships?
Are you ready to sleep soundly, be present, and deeply connect with those around you? Do you want a more positive and hopeful outlook on life?
What happened is not your fault. Let’s work together to stop the shame and guilt cycle, to clap back at the inner critic, to block out the haters. It is time for you to have all the good things that you deserve. You are not broken, you have not damaged goods. You are not the bruised apple at the supermarket. However you are perfectly, imperfectly you, and you deserve to feel whole, understood, seen, and valued. And your online trauma therapist in North Carolina can help.
Schedule your free consultation now, and let’s find out if we are a good fit! Our team of trauma-informed clinicians is confident that we can help you develop the coping skills and support you are looking for to move through your trauma and PTSD and come out on the other side a more whole and happier you. Trauma therapy and PTSD treatment can help you to build a safe, healthy, and happy world around you. Filled with healing and validating relationships, starting with the relationship you are building with yourself. Begin your journey towards boldly living your best life without shame, guilt, and anxiety. Heal from your Trauma and PTSD today.
What Does Trauma Therapy & PTSD Treatment in North Carolina Look Like with Our Team of Therapists in NC?
Our team of unique, diverse, trauma-informed clinicians understands that no two people are the same. What may work for one person may not work for another! That is why we have a team of online trauma therapists in North Carolina who can approach PTSD treatment and trauma therapy from many different angles. All of which is grounded in research.
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, or EMDR, is a therapeutic protocol used in PTSD treatment. As well as for the treatment of mental, physical, and emotional trauma. It has been widely researched and is shown to be helpful, and currently used by agencies such as the American Psychiatric Association, the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs.
EMDR works to reprocess distressing, disturbing, and traumatic events, regulate the emotions associated with them, and allow for an increase in effective coping skills. From there, you can feel a greater sense of emotional stability, and install an alternative positive self-belief. More recently, research has noted that trauma and stressor-related disorders can also result from other life events, such as hurtful experiences during childhood. In some cases, these can result in potentially more impairing PTSD and trauma symptoms than traumas such as combat, sexual assault, or terrorist attacks.
EMDR Therapy sessions work to alleviate PTSD and trauma symptoms like flashbacks and nightmares, angry outbursts, difficulties sleeping and concentrating, and feelings of depression and isolation. Interested in EMDR Therapy for Trauma and PTSD treatment? Schedule your free 20-minute consult with Megan!
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Those who have experienced trauma may notice changed or extreme thoughts and beliefs about themselves, others, or the world around them. This can produce new and unsettling feelings and sensations that may leave people feeling confused, afraid, angry, or distraught–and completely unlike themselves. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, or ACT, can provide clarity and a sense of safety so that thoughts, feelings, memories, sensations, and urges may be experienced with an attitude of openness, curiosity, and acceptance. ACT also yields perspective, allowing people to make sense of where they may have become stuck in the recovery process. Thus enabling any natural feelings to run their course and empowering them to move forward with a life that feels rich and meaningful. Interested in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Trauma and PTSD? Schedule your free 20-minute consult with Claire!
Mindfulness For Trauma & PTSD Treatment
Mindfulness is the process of consciously bringing awareness to the present moment, with openness, interest, receptiveness, and compassion. It can be experienced formally, through meditation or breathing exercises. Or informally, by slowing down and responding to painful or unexpected thoughts, feelings, or events more effectively. Those who practice regularly may find that mindfulness helps to cultivate a greater sense of safety, self-compassion, and the ability to pause and exercise choice and intentionality, even in the aftermath of trauma. Interested in Mindfulness-Based Therapy for Trauma and PTSD? Schedule your free 20-minute consult with Claire!
Yoga as A Part of PTSD Treatment
Not only do the residual impacts of trauma take up space inside one’s mind; but they also show up in one’s body. Over time, this can cause people to fear physical sensations, feel unsafe in their bodies and environments, and feel a general lack of control or power over their own actions. The ancient Indian practice of yoga can serve as a movement- and mindfulness-based therapeutic approach, helping individuals to:
- open back up to their internal experiences
- get curious about sensations rather than trying to avoid or get rid of them
- learn how to self-soothe in moments of distress
- safely befriend their bodies again.
Interested in learning more about how integrating yoga, breathwork, and gentle movements into your therapy session can be effective in your PTSD treatment and trauma therapy? Schedule your free 20-minute consult with Claire!
Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
Originally developed by the Department of Veteran’s Affairs. CPT is based on a social cognitive theory of PTSD that focuses on how the traumatic event is understood and coped with by a person who is trying to regain a sense of understanding and control in their life. In CPT, we work to understand your “stuck points,” beliefs you have developed about yourself, others, and the world, and explore the origins and evidence of those beliefs. Together, we will examine those stuck points, the evidence for and against them, and the emotions resulting from them. As well as dive into themes relating to safety, trust, intimacy, power/control, and self-esteem. CPT is typically conducted across 12 sessions. Interested in Cognitive Processing Therapy for Trauma and PTSD? Schedule your free 20-minute consult with Dr. Bate!
What is Trauma and PTSD?
Trauma and PTSD may be the result of experiencing a terrible event like an accident, rape, or natural disaster. Immediately after the event, shock and denial are typical. Longer-term reactions include unpredictable emotions, flashbacks, and strained relationships. Or even physical symptoms such as headaches, nausea, or skin conditions. While these feelings are normal, some people have difficulty moving on with their lives. Our trauma therapists throughout North Carolina can help you to find helpful ways of managing your emotions.
Causes of Trauma & PTSD
Most people will experience trauma in their lifetime, and can include:
- A car accident
- Sexual trauma or sexual abuse
- Physical and/or emotional abuse or neglect
- The sudden death of a loved one
- Childhood neglect
- Sudden, unexplained separation from a loved one
- Racism, discrimination, and oppression
- Criminal victimization
- Exposure to the violence of war
- Trauma-related to violence specific to one’s gender identity and/or sexual orientation
- A natural disaster
According to The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study, and the Philadelphia Urban ACE Study the more a child is exposed to stressful and potentially traumatic experiences, the greater their risk for chronic health conditions and health-risk behaviors. Adults who experienced trauma in childhood are often “wired” differently than those who did not. Some research on trauma indicates that trauma victims’ brains are primed to deal with nearly constant stress, and thus those individuals can struggle to respond appropriately to situations that would otherwise appear normal and non-threatening. This helps to explain why many adult trauma survivors struggle with depression, anxiety, and other issues specific to emotional regulation. These resulting mental health issues can contribute to long-term difficulties maintaining healthy relationships, and lead to problems at school, work, or within the community.
Unhealthy Coping Skills
People affected by trauma may develop coping mechanisms to help alleviate the emotional and/or physical pain they feel as a result of trauma. Oftentimes, these strategies involve unhealthy and risk-taking behaviors, such as unhealthy eating patterns. Although these unhealthy coping skills may provide immediate relief in the moment, they can also result in increased anxiety, social isolation, and chronic diseases.
Trauma also may impact people’s relationships. When a person experiences trauma, they may feel unsafe, betrayed, and/or have difficulty trusting others. This can lead to heightened emotions, such as anger or aggression, or a tendency toward shame, numbing, and/or isolation. This can result in further use of unhealthy coping skills.
Although some may naturally recover from trauma, others may discover the effects of lasting trauma, which can cause a person to live with deep emotional pain, fear, confusion, or post-traumatic stress far after the event has passed.
In these circumstances, the support, guidance, and assistance of a trauma therapist are fundamental to healing from trauma.
Some common indicators of unresolved trauma include:
- Avoiding specific locations, sights, situations, and sounds that serve as reminders of the event
- Anxiety, depression, numbness, or guilt
- Intrusive thoughts, nightmares, or flashbacks
- Anger, irritability, and hypervigilance
- Aggressive, reckless behavior, including self-harm
- Sleep disturbances
Negative Mood and Cognition Symptoms
- Loss of interest in activities that were once considered enjoyable
- Difficulty remembering details of the distressing event
- Change in habits or behavior since the trauma
If you or someone you know matches the trauma symptoms listed above, I am confident that we can help.
Start PTSD Treatment & Trauma Therapy in North Carolina
Our multidisciplinary team of trauma therapists in North Carolina use approaches grounded solidly in research to help you reshape the way trauma has caused you to view yourself, others, and the world. Let’s work together, and take back your sense of self, trust, safety, and power.
Whether you are in Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Durham, Charlotte, or anywhere else in the state we have options to help support you. Including in-person, walk-and-talk, and online therapy. In order to get started in PTSD treatment and trauma therapy at Be BOLD Psychology & Consulting I invite you to follow these steps:
- Self-schedule a free consultation or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
- Schedule your first appointment with one of our trauma-informed clinicians
- Start taking back your power and sense of self
Other Therapy Services Offered Throughout North Carolina
First and foremost all people, races, abilities, brains, sizes, religious or spiritual backgrounds, sexual orientations, romantic orientations, relational orientations, and genders are welcome at Be BOLD Psychology and Consulting. So in order to meet your unique needs we offer individual, couples, family, and group therapy. This includes LGBTQIA+ and gender-affirming therapy as well as therapy for black, indigenous, and people of color. You can also get support for grief, chronic pain, and caregiver fatigue.