You've done everything you can to move past the trauma and nothing has worked yet. The days progressively feel harder and it's becoming difficult to regulate your feelings. Though you avoid things that remind you of what happened, the nightmares don't let you forget. The hope of a normal life is fading and a little voice in the back of your head is starting to think I'll never be the same again.
It is possible to feel your best again and it doesn't have to take years of therapy to achieve it.
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've created this section with the intention of helping you determine if I'm the right fit for you and your healing journey. Therapy is deeply personal and every therapist practices differently. For you to get the most out therapy you MUST feel confident in your therapist choice.
When you read the word trauma, I want you to notice the thoughts you're having and how your body feels. Our mind and body are in constant communication. The work we do together will bring balance to them, through an integration of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and energy psychology modalities including Emotion Freedom Technique (EFT).
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.