You've tried everything to manage the PTSD, including self-help books, time off, and now your favorite adult beverage is stocked in the fridge. The days progressively feel harder and you've become more irritable through the weeks and months. Between the nightmares and lack of sleep, the nighttime provides no relief. You've been telling yourself it's possible to regain control of your life but a little voice in the back of your head is starting to worry maybe it isn't possible.
I'm here to tell you it is possible. You have a choice in how to respond.
Traumatic events produce exhaustion on many levels, emotionally, physiologically, and cognitively. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can occur when one has a difficult time recovering after experiencing or witnessing a terrifying event. Triggers can bring back memories of the event, accompanied by intense emotional and physical reactions.
Anxiety is characterized by persistent and excessive worry around a number of different things. While it's normal to feel anxious from time to time, excessive, ongoing anxiety is much more difficult to live with. Such anxiety and worry is difficult to control and can interfere with one's day to day activities.
Also known as compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma affects a broad range of health care providers and first responders. Vicarious trauma can occur when one is continually exposed to extreme emotional circumstances, either directly or indirectly, in an attempt to treat or support one who has experienced trauma.
I remember my first time in therapy. It was stuffy, uncomfortable and inauthentic. You won't get any of that here.
I've created this section with the intention of helping you determine if I might be the right fit for you and your healing journey. Therapy is a deeply personal journey and every therapist practices differently. In order for you to get the most out therapy it's important you feel confident in your therapist choice.
I work from an integrative, holistic approach. I believe true health comes from balancing mind, body, and spirit. We do all three here.
It is assumed that trauma and emotional pain take forever to heal. In the same way that your body naturally heals from an injury, the mind can heal from psychological trauma. By addressing the triggers, thought processes, and emotions associated with said traumatic memories, the mind is given space to breathe, allowing it to reprocess said memory, ultimately decreasing the associated emotional distress and moving towards mental health.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a therapeutic modality that allows individuals to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress caused by negative or traumatic life events.
In EMDR therapy, the meaning of painful experiences transforms on an emotional level. Unlike traditional talk therapy, the insights and awareness gained from EMDR does not come from me, but rather from your own accelerated processing as the client. Wounds don't just close; they transform.