Trauma Therapy in Houston, TX

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. By acquiring these positive coping skills, you can learn to manage and respond to stress in a more healthy way.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can be Overwhelming.

Are you wondering if unresolved trauma prevents you from achieving a fulfilling life?

Has your life started feeling small and rigid because you must stick to your routine to feel stable?

Maybe you are avoiding anything that could bring back a traumatic memory or trigger feelings of trauma.

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 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 simply being alone and depending solely on yourself.

These are signs of unresolved trauma. If you can relate to some of these feelings, you could be experiencing PTSD.

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 of the victim. 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!

Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

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.

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 of a victim. Reaching out and asking for help is hard.  We are so glad you are looking to take this huge step in the right direction.

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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.

What Does Trauma Therapy and 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 type of trauma treatment approach will depend on what your therapist sees as most effective in meeting your individual needs.  You can expect this part of the process to be difficult and there will be moments where therapy is not fun.  However, you can also count on your therapist to be 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.

We are dedicated to helping you recover from the traumas of your past and move forward toward a brighter future.

What Is EMDR Therapy And Why Is It Our Often Recommended Treatment Method For Trauma?

One of the most powerful and well-researched therapies used to treat trauma and its lasting effects is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing – also known as EMDR. EMDR dramatically reduces PTSD symptoms and often in ways that transitional therapy methods do not. You may have heard that severe emotional pain (trauma memories, anxiety, depression, etc) requires a long time to heal. This is a common belief people have about PTSD, and it’s true that we haven’t always had treatment approaches like EMDR.

However, research suggests that EMDR therapy may be able to soothe the aftereffects of an unexpected tragedy, witnessing a violent act, traumatic changes in one’s life, and persistent anxiety in much less time than the other trauma treatment modalities.

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You might believe that through Trauma Therapy and PTSD treatment you can indeed find healing in your mind, emotions, and body, but still have some questions and concerns…

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.

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, overreacting, 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, utilizing various modalities including EMDR and Neurofeedback to address symptoms of trauma.  

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.

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 trauma counseling process, and any other questions you may have.

Frequently Asked Questions About trauma Therapy

Trauma therapy is beneficial for individuals who have experienced various forms of trauma, including but not limited to abuse, accidents, natural disasters, or witnessing violence.

The duration of trauma therapy varies based on individual needs and the complexity of the trauma. You and your therapist will work together to figure out what length of treatment is best for you.

We believe that you do not have to relive your trauma in order to heal from it! We offer various modalities including EMDR and Neurofeedback to help improve trauma symptoms.

Absolutely! We offer trauma therapy for children and adolescents. Please visit our Trauma and PTSD Treatment for children page.

Looking for Trauma Therapy for a child in Houston, TX?

Our therapists are trained in working with children who have gone through or witnessed traumatic events. Please visit our Child Therapy for PTSD and Trauma page.