Therapy for Trauma and PTSD

You feel afraid, and you don’t know why.

You feel ashamed, guilty, and stuck.

You are constantly on alert, you are constantly on edge.

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.

Therapy for Trauma can help.

Are you ready to feel happy and safe again? Are you ready 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 more hopeful outlook on life?

What happened is not your fault, and it is time to stop the shame and guilt cycle. It is time for you to have all the good things that you deserve. You are not broken, you are not damaged goods. You are perfectly, imperfectly you.

Schedule your free consultation now, and let’s find out if we are a good fit! Our team of trauma-informed clinicians are confident that we can help you develop the coping skills and support you are looking for to move through your trauma and come out on the other side a more whole and happier you. Therapy for Trauma 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 today.

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Trauma is an emotional response to 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, strained relationships and even physical symptoms like headaches or nausea. While these feelings are normal, some people have difficulty moving on with their lives. Mental health clinicians can help these individuals find constructive ways of managing their emotions.

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
  • Living with a family member with mental health or substance use disorders
  • Sudden, unexplained separation from a loved one
  • Poverty
  • 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
  • Bullying
  • 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.

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, tobacco use, or drug and alcohol use. 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 effects of lasting trauma, which can cause a person to live with deep emotional pain, fear, confusion, or posttraumatic stress far after the event has passed.

In these circumstances, the support, guidance, and assistance of a therapist is fundamental to healing from trauma.

Trauma Symptoms

Some common indicators of unresolved trauma include:

Avoidance Symptoms

  • Avoiding specific locations, sights, situations, and sounds that serve as reminders of the event
  • Anxiety, depression, numbness, or guilt

Re-experiencing Symptoms

  • Intrusive thoughts, nightmares or flashbacks

Hyperarousal Symptoms

  • 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 and invite you to self-schedule a free consultation or send us an email at info@beboldpsychnc.com for more information!

Our multidisciplinary team of trauma-informed clinicians 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.