Are you experiencing Flashbacks? Intrusive thoughts? Nightmares? Always feeling on guard or easily startled? Forgetting things or foggy thinking? Do you avoid people, places or situations that remind you of a distressing experience? Do you have thoughts of “I’m in danger”, “I’m a bad person”, or “I’m powerless” despite knowing it’s not true?
Trauma is the response to a deeply distressing or disturbing event that overwhelms an individual’s ability to cope, causes feelings of helplessness, diminishes their sense of self and their ability to feel the full range of emotions and experiences.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) occurs after a traumatic event and interferes with your ability to function at home, school, work, and/or social situations. You may wonder if you or someone you love has PTSD, and whether you need to get professional help.
While many people experience anxiety, PTSD differs in it intensity, symptoms, and is often limited to a specific experience. Someone can have Generalized Anxiety D/O and PTSD.
PTSD can occur after:
Complex Trauma and PTSD can occur after:
There is help for PTSD and Complex Trauma and I utilize EMDR therapy to help address the root cause. Memories are dysfunctionally stored in our brains when we experience trauma with negative thoughts, feelings and emotions associated with the experience.
Another experience can turn on this recording when it looks like, feels like, or you have automatic thoughts of “I’m in danger” even when it does not seem the same type of situation. The back of your brain (Fight, Flight, Freeze) thinks the old experience is happening again and brings up thoughts such as I’m in danger, I’m worthless, I can’t handle it.
EMDR therapy helps connect these old thoughts to the front of the brain (Adult brain) that knows the experience is over and then installs positive thoughts such as I’m safe now, I’m OK as I am, I can handle it.
I'm happy to discuss your needs, and together we can determine if we are a good therapeutic match.