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Trauma Resolution 2017-05-18T17:38:47+00:00

A terrible car accident…

A criminal assault…

Combat…

A natural disaster…

Trauma hits like a ton of bricks

Sudden. Unexpected. Heavy. Overwhelming. It can take many forms and can be “big” or “little,” but the effects are generally anything but “little.” Things changed in that moment. In your body – perhaps your heart rate spiked, your muscles tightened, your breathing seemed to stop. In your mind – thoughts raced and fear took over. Time seemed to stand still.

It’s hard to find words that adequately describe the weight one must endure following a traumatic experience.  For many survivors, it is not just one traumatic event, but a countless number. These people have been hurt, betrayed, beaten, and broken. As much as they want help, they may have little hope, confidence, or ability to trust that things can be different.

Trauma, by its very nature, is unexpected and it will shake you to the core. It’s natural for a trauma survivor to go back and forth between trying to deny the trauma happened and feeling bombarded by it. You may feel stuck, reliving the trauma, feeling numb, and desperately trying to find relief from the pain and terror.

Some people, the fortunate ones, may gradually be able to return to their previous life, a sense of “normal.” But others will find themselves being yanked back into the past. Over and over. You relive the initial terror. Despite your best efforts, you cannot get back to “normal.”

There is hope for recovery.

Trauma treatment takes on the challenge of helping you collect these pieces and assemble the fragments, reconstruct the events, and make meaning of the present in the light of past. A difficult barrier to break through in trauma treatment is to shift the feelings of hopelessness to a realization that you do NOT have to live with your symptoms forever.

You are not alone!

In America, about 60% of men and 50% of women experience at least one traumatic event in their lifetime. Yet a majority of survivors do not come forward and disclose the heinous events they have endured out of fear, distrust, shame, anger, and guilt. If you have experienced one of life’s many atrocities and continue to struggle, you are not alone and there are successful treatments available.

TRAUMA RESOLUTION

Immediately following a traumatic event, most people will experience many symptoms associated with PTSD including re-living the event in some way, strong emotional and physical reactions, changes in mood and the way one perceives the world, and avoidance of things that are reminders of the event. These symptoms are a natural reaction to an unnatural event.

 

For many people, these symptoms naturally decrease over time and they recover. But, for others, symptoms do not decrease and later may lead to a diagnosis of PTSD.

 

A common question asked is, “what is the difference between those who recover and those who develop PTSD?” One way to think about this difference is a problem in the recovery: something is getting in the way of the natural process. The body and mind want to heal naturally, want to recover from the wreckage and carnage that trauma leaves in its’ wake, but something keeps the person stuck, unable to move forward.

 

Therapy helps the survivor to regain their voice. You will learn how to work through painful memories and discover what barriers are in place in a safe and supportive environment so that change can happen.

 

We have strategies that work!

The most important is the trust that develops between therapist and client. The challenge for both parties when walking together through the traumatic haze is to stay focused and to be present, eventually walking out of the fog together. This genuine relationship can go straight to the heart and prepare to mend it. It is this relationship that can transform those who are struggling. The therapist guides the survivor through restoring and modifying world views that have been shattered by trauma.

 

Surviving a traumatic experience can drastically alter the life you once knew, triggering difficulties in your ability to trust and feel safe in a world that now seems unpredictable. You may feel disconnected with others, struggling to find a sense of meaning. With treatment, you will begin to start moving forward in your life, believing that you are capable of having the life you envision, feeling more confident, competent, and capable. Healing occurs through interpersonal connection. When you connect with others you are more able to clearly see what is happening around you and notice what is going on within. You can feel safe again.

We’ll travel this path together.

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