Are you wondering if unresolved trauma is preventing you from achieving a fulfilling life?
Has your life started to feel small and rigid because you have to stick to your routine to feel stable?
Maybe you are avoiding anything that could bring back traumatic memory or trigger feelings of trauma?
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can be Overwhelming
When you’ve been through a traumatic experience, you try to move on quickly. However, sometimes the experience is so overwhelming that it seems to hold you back even months or years later. You find yourself always preparing for the worst. And your overwhelming feelings are with you all the time. These feelings may even make sleeping and getting through the day-to-day tasks unmanageable. Or, maybe you experience quite the opposite, and the feeling of numbness is holding you back from experiencing pleasure in your life.
You wonder what it would be like trust others and have more flexibility in life. Perhaps, you feel disconnected from yourself and others as though you are just watching life go by. Sadly, you do want to connect with people, but you feel too afraid to get close. Have your relationships suffered because you are on edge all the time and can’t control your temper. Understandably, you probably feel safer to simply be along and depend solely on yourself.
These are signs of unresolved trauma. If you can relate with some of these feelings, you could be experiencing PTSD.
A Single Traumatic Event vs. Complex Trauma
Dealing with the aftermath of a traumatic experience can be difficult it handle. This is true, whether you are dealing with a traumatic event or more complex trauma. A single traumatic event can be a car crash, a natural disaster, death of a loved one, rape, ect. Complex trauma is an accumulation of a trauma within the context of family or other intimate relationships that happen repetitively over time. Some of examples of complex trauma are family dysfunction, neglect, abandonment, child abuse, bonding issues, domestic violence or prolonged stress. Complex trauma can be harder to identify, but both can affect you in similar ways.
Symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder:
- Feeling jumpy and easily startled
- Avoiding things that remind you of the traumatic events
- Difficulty sleeping and experiencing nightmares
- Withdrawing from others
- Feeling depressed
- Difficulty concentrating
Symptoms of PTSD fall into four major categories: intrusive memories, avoidance, negative changes in thinking and mood, and changes in physical and emotional reactions. However, these PTSD symptoms may look different depending on your unique personality, support system and traumatic experience. You can read a little more about each category of PTSD symptom below.
Examples of intrusive thoughts include involuntary memories, nightmares and flashbacks. These thoughts and memories of your trauma often come up at the worst possible times. You want to move forward with your life, but it feels like the negative memories are holding you back and impacting the important relationships in your life.
People that have experienced really stressful events may find themselves avoiding anything that reminds them of that bad memory. It is normal for us to want to avoid things that don’t feel good, but this avoidance can begin to take a toll on our life. You may initially feel better when you push away the memories, but then the avoidance begins taking on a life of its own forcing you to avoid more and more situations, people, thins and thoughts
It is common for those with PTSD to have distorted thoughts and beliefs about themselves and others including ongoing fear, anger, shame and guilt. These thoughts include, “I am a bad person,” “I’ll never be a good parent,” “I can’t trust anyone,” or “I should have died, not her.” As a result of these cognitive distortions, you may feel depressed, detached and estranged from loved ones.
Reactive behavior can include angry outbursts, becoming easily irritable, behaving recklessly or in a self-destructive way, be easily startled or have problems concentrating or sleeping. Most people who experience trauma will also experience some of these symptoms. However, people with PTSD will experience these symptoms for months and even years. It is also common for someone with PTSD to have what we call co-occuring problems including substance abuse, depression or anxiety.
You Can Be You Again and Brittani Persha Counseling can help!
PTSD is actually one of the top reasons people seek out therapy services, and the therapists at Brittani Persha Counseling are experts in this area. Our Houston counseling clinic specializes in trauma treatment and it’s one of the most common reasons people call us. Whether a single event or a long-term stressor has impacted your life, PTSD treatment is known to be effective. At BPC, we have therapists who are trained in evidence based trauma therapies including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Pia Melody’s Family of Origin/Relational Trauma.
When you book an initial appointment with a trauma counselor at Brittani Persha Counseling office, we will take a closer look at your symptoms. After your therapist completes a full intake assessment, we will talk about whether or not your symptoms qualify for a PTSD diagnosis and how to help you move forward. Regardless of whether you technically meet the criteria for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, we can help you learn to cope with any unresolved trauma.
We specialize in Trauma & PTSD Treatment in Houston, TX
PTSD treatment can help you relax so you can open up to life. We understand the emotional pain trauma can cause. We are here to help you recover from whatever you have been through. No matter if you have experienced a single trauma or complex trauma. Trauma of any kind is a thief that steals the life from victim’s. Reaching out and asking for help is hard. We are so glad you are looking to take this huge step in the right direction. Life does not have to be a constant struggle. We want you to know that it is possible to gain a sense of safety in the midst of strong emotions. Your therapist will walk with you as you recover from trauma. We are here to help you recover from the traumas of your past and move forward toward a brighter future.
Few things can match the relays of recovery!
What Does PTSD Treatment Look Like?
PTSD treatment begins with building a relationship with your therapist and establishing a trusting and safe environment. In addition to providing a supportive environment, we will first begin to work to ease your PTSD symptoms. This can include grounding techniques, new coping tools, mindfulness, improving sleep and addressing any nightmares. By acquiring these positive coping skills, you can learn to manage and respond to stress in a more healthy way. In a way that might be unique for you, we also incorporate a mind-body awareness approach that can help you develop the ability to listen to your body. This increased understanding of your body can help you understand what is a real threat and what is past trauma.
Overtime as your anxiety calms down- you will feel more confident that you can get through the challenges life brings. As a result, you will feel able to handle stress and live your life with more peace.
Then…. the deeper work begins. The typeof trauma treatment approach will depend on what your therapists sees as most effective in meeting your individual needs. You can expect this part of the process to be difficult and that their will be moments where therapy is not fun. However, you can also count on your therapist being empathetic and caring. Your therapist will be with you every step of the way. Counseling doesn’t have to take years. In fact, our clients often feel significantly better after just a couple of months. We want to help you find healing as quickly as possible. This is why we use trauma treatments that are proven to work.
It may be impossible to erase the traumatic experiences from your past, but it is very possible for you to find healing and emotional peace.
You might believe that through PTSD treatment you can indeed find healing in your mind, emotions and body, but still have some questions and concerns…
Will I Have To Relive My Trauma In Sessions In Order To Heal?
Our first priority is your safety and we are particularly sensitive to responding to what you need and feel comfortable expressing in the moment. Our aim is to help you to regain the ability to speak your truth and let us know what you are comfortable expressing.
With that being said, many individuals need to revisit the traumatic event in order to heal, which can involve retelling the story and reprocessing it in new whats. However, that is not always the case. The good news is that our bodies know how to heal from trauma and can release the stress without having to talk about it. This can look many different ways. Sometimes, all it takes is feeling safe and accepted in a relationship. Other times, healing can come from the process of bringing awareness to habitual thoughts cremations that are keeping you stuck. Every person is different, and we will work with you in a very individualized way.
PTSD Treatment is NOT For the Faint Of Heart-Will It Be Worth It?
This is a great question! You might be wondering if PTSD treatment could break you. Many people feel scared to work through their trauma. Our approach to treating PTSD is to take things at a slow pace to ensure you are able to handle the pace and we get our cures from you as to what you are ready for. We will start out slow and most people make a lot of progress and say they feel in the end that it was worth it. Their day-to-day life is easier and their relationships improve.
Are you Ready to Begin Counseling for Trauma or PTSD?
Trauma impacts everyone differently. In fact, sometimes a difficult situation may overwhelm your ability to cope. You may find yourself having moments where it feels like you are reliving your trauma, thinking about the stressful situation often, experiencing nightmares, feeling on edge, over-reacting or constantly worrying.
Whatever the source of your trauma, complex or single incident, we want to help you find relief. Healing starts here!
Take the first step & Call Brittani Persha Counseling
Brittani Persha Counseling has several experienced trauma therapists who specialize in treating PTSD. We offer effective treatment so you can find emotional freedom and healing. You don’t have to face this journey alone. People do recover and learn to live a meaningful, peaceful life even after unimaginable trauma. Please reach out and let a therapist help you begin counseling right away so you can get back to living your life.
If you are considering counseling for PTSD, please contact us today to discuss how counseling services can help you move forward.
Still Unsure about Trauma Counseling?
Still unsure if this we are the right fit for your needs? Schedule a FREE phone consultation today. You will have the opportunity to speak directly with one of our trained therapists to learn more about our office, the counseling process and any other questions you may have.