The trauma you experienced has left a mark on you. After it happened, you told yourself this wasn't going to change you.
You've always been strong. It’s in the past and that’s where I’m keeping it.
It worked for a short time, until it all came crashing down.
Now it feels like a war within yourself that never goes away.
You constantly feel on edge, worrying about the next thing that will trigger you and where it's going to come from. Nothing feels safe because it can come from anywhere. And when it does, you're back. Back somewhere you don't want to be.
Because the next trigger can come from anywhere, you're consistently looking over your shoulder and unable to trust the world. Even worse, you're starting to question if you can trust yourself. The nighttime provides no relief between the fear of going to sleep and the nightmares when you actually do. The exhaustion is becoming too much.
The past is always present.
Your life doesn't feel like yours anymore. The impact of the trauma bleeds into every aspect of it. Your family notices how you're pushing them away and beginning to isolate. You're not present at work and trying desperately to control things to avoid a situation that makes you see red.
Feeling like you're always on guard and treading water at the same time. This isn't working for you anymore.
I’m here to tell you there is hope. No more feeling stuck, afraid or incapable. Remember the joy you once had for life? It’s time to re-light that fire in your belly.
My approach to PTSD treatment is EMDR, an evidence-based standard recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO).
In the same way that your body naturally heals from an injury, the mind can heal from psychological trauma. EMDR is a therapy that allows you to heal from the symptoms and emotional pain caused by trauma. In EMDR therapy, the meaning of painful experiences transforms on an emotional level. Unlike traditional talk therapy, these insights don't come from me, but rather from your own accelerated processing as the client.
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.
Living with the aftermath of trauma is exhausting and complex. You find that the people around you don't quite understand the things you struggle with. Trauma can have a significant impact on our life, but it does not mean that we can't come back from it. Life doesn’t have to stay stuck. It is possible to experience negative life events and live a full life.
It takes courage to make a change and try something different. When you're ready to make that change, I invite you to schedule your free consultation at my Santa Clarita, CA practice below.