PTSD and Trauma Treatment

 

PTSD and Trauma Treatment Therapy 

 

Without question, we all go through hard times. Sometimes, however, things happen to us that are more than just hard. They can be overwhelming, and cause lasting anxiety, guilt, shame, and many other feelings. Many people aren’t even aware that they have lasting effects of trauma because we often push these feelings or memories down, ignore them, and tell ourselves that we’re fine. In reality, this can take a hard experience and make it even harder. This is where consulting with a trauma therapist can help

 

PTSD and trauma are not always obvious 


One of the myths when it comes to “scary” words such as PTSD or trauma, is that they always conjure up these images of shootings or wartime happenings, etc. The thing is, both PTSD and dealing with trauma can be connected to other things. For most of my clients, this is what trauma feels like for them:

 

• Nightmares or flashbacks: Whether they’re every few nights, or even just once a month, nightmare and daytime flashbacks are symptoms and signs that are telling you there is a memory that hasn’t been processed properly.

 

• Panic attacks of feeling overwhelmed easily: Whether it’s panic about something specific or even just being overwhelmed when trying to make a decision, these are both common issues when dealing with a brain that has something it’s working through. These waves of panic or feeling overwhelmed don’t have to connect to the trauma at all.

On the other hand, some people often feel detached from their lives and emotions. This often feels like being “numb” when it comes to connecting to everything.

 

• Blocking out events or trying to rewrite them: Most people, particularly those who were young when the event happened, will block out the event entirely. Our usually brains do this to keep us safe, because otherwise we might get overwhelmed. Maybe the whole memory is gone, or you may just remember bits and pieces. Sometimes the brain will even remember a different version of what happened in order to protect you from remembering what really happened. This is common with sexual abuse.

 

• Feeling as though you are losing your mind: Maybe you’re forgetting things, maybe you can’t remember something properly, or maybe you just feel like you’re going crazy in general.

 

• Wondering if what you remember happening, actually happened: In some cases, those suffering from trauma may not even be sure that what happened, actually happened. In these cases, it can heighten that sense of feeling crazy or like you’re losing your mind.

 

If any or all of these sounds familiar, it’s possible that you are dealing with PTSD as a result of some kind of past trauma. The good news is there is so much help available that can help you regain your life.

 

Help is here and available

 

Help means something different for all of us, and getting the right kind of help is as important as getting it in the first place. You deserve to have a professional at your side that is going to compassionate, focused on helping you reach your goals, and being respectful of your past, present and plans for the future.

As a trauma therapist, I understand that reaching out for help may be really hard, but I have the experience to help you heal and help you move forward with your life.

When considering PTSD treatment, it’s normal to feel uncomfortable reaching out for help. It’s also not uncommon to think that you don’t “deserve” PTSD therapy because what you went through wasn’t “traumatic enough”. There’s no such thing, though, and you deserve to get the help that makes you feel supported and healthy. You are not the only one to feel any of these things, and there’s no shame in feeling them. Understanding this is often the first step to accepting and engaging in trauma therapy.

 

Why is Therapy Cincinnati right for you?

 

One of the best things about working with me is that I understand that there are many ways that you can approach PTSD treatment. There are no cookie cutter treatments and every patient’s needs are considered when putting together a plan for the trauma therapy itself. These are some of the more common questions I get about starting therapy for trauma:
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Will talking about my trauma overwhelm me? One of the most important things that we do as trauma therapists is make sure we work on our clients trauma in a way that feels safe and allows them to feel in control. We have many ways of how we do this, but rest assured this is my number 1 priority.

 

How long will take for me to feel better? There is no timeline with therapy, but often my clients start to feel better after just their first session. As my clients progress deeper into the therapy itself, they start to notice strong improvement in their symptoms and how they feel about themselves.

 

Is it really possible to fully heal from trauma? How do I know it won’t come back in the future? The answer to the first question is yes, it is definitely possible to heal from trauma. And depending on the type of therapy used to treat trauma, long term healing with the trauma never coming up again for you is a real possibility.

 

Will I have to discuss my trauma? No, you are not going to have to discuss what you’ve been through if you don’t want to. I’ve helped people move past trauma without ever knowing the details of what happened to them.

 

There’s no way I can actually tell a stranger about what I’ve been through. This is a common worry, particularly if there was sexual trauma. I work hard to create a place that feels safe and supportive, and you might be surprised how such support can feel quite different from what you’ve experienced so far in life. With that being said, I never push someone to talk about something they don’t want to. We’ll go with what makes you feel comfortable.

 

Whether you’re interested in learning more about the types of therapy I offer, or you are simply curious to see how I can help you, please reach out today via phone, text, email, or requesting an appointment.

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9420 Towne Square Ave
Blue Ash , OH 45242

7686 Cincinnati Dayton Rd Suite A, West Chester Township, OH 45069

Sheldon@TherapyCincinnati.com
(513) 400-4613

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