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Is Past Trauma Holding You Back?

Have you been unable to let go of a past traumatic experience? Do flashbacks make you feel as if you are living through it all over again? Are you avoiding any situation that could remind you of a distressing event?

After going through an upsetting ordeal, you may feel like your life has not been the same. While many people may have told you that time heals all wounds, some scars from the past don’t always fade away.

Perhaps you were the victim of sexual, domestic, or mental abuse and you now have a hard time trusting anyone. Or maybe you were involved in a car accident that has left you with a debilitating fear of driving. Even though you are an adult now, you may still be suffering the consequences of a traumatic experience from your childhood. While your mind bogs you down with memories of trauma, you may notice that your heart rate increases, and the muscles in your body tense up. As your thoughts race in your mind, the fear and pit in your stomach only seem to grow stronger by the minute.

You could be experiencing nightmares, sleeping too much, or not enough. As you grapple with trying to process your painful memories, you may notice changes in your appetite. And although you love your family and friends, you may find yourself withdrawing from your support systems.

No matter how hard you try, it probably feels like you will always be haunted by your past. While you may think that change is impossible, treatment for trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can help you heal old scars and develop a brighter future.

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Overcoming A Traumatic Past Is A Common Struggle

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At some point, most people will experience a traumatic event in their life. That can include any distressing or disturbing life experience that adversely affects an individual’s wellbeing. And though PTSD is most commonly associated with veterans or sexual assault victims, anyone, regardless of age, gender, race, or economic status, can feel the effects of trauma.

Anyone who has ever had a traumatic experience knows that while families can be a source of strength, they never seem to really understand the full impact of trauma. It’s just too hard for the outside world to understand someone else’s pain unless they have gone through it themselves. And even with an empathetic support network, it’s possible to feel isolated and alone.

Unable to relax, it is hard not to feel triggered by your surroundings. Even similar smells or sounds can transport your mind back in time to a place you really don’t care to revisit. And when flashbacks force you to relive the memory, it feels like it is happening all over again.

When the trauma is so fresh in your mind, turning to substances or unhealthy coping mechanisms seems easy. Just wanting to forget the pain, it is common to mask the memory with distractions that seem like they will make everything better only to realize that the same problems are still there.

Unfortunately, when you don’t receive treatment for trauma, it can have detrimental consequences on your mental and physical well-being. Not wanting to face trauma and avoiding any discussion of it is common given the debilitating effects it can have on your mental, physical, and spiritual well-being.

Trying to navigate a situation that feels like it shattered you into a million pieces is hard enough. But learning to pick up the broken fragments and piece them back together can seem impossible.

Fortunately, you don’t have to struggle through this alone. Working with a PTSD counselor can help you heal and transform your fractured sense of wholeness into something better than you ever thought possible.

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Overcoming A Traumatic Past Is A Common Struggle

At some point, most people will experience a traumatic event in their life. That can include any distressing or disturbing life experience that adversely affects an individual’s wellbeing. And though PTSD is most commonly associated with veterans or sexual assault victims, anyone, regardless of age, gender, race, or economic status, can feel the effects of trauma.

Anyone who has ever had a traumatic experience knows that while families can be a source of strength, they never seem to really understand the full impact of trauma. It’s just too hard for the outside world to understand someone else’s pain unless they have gone through it themselves. And even with an empathetic support network, it’s possible to feel isolated and alone.

Unable to relax, it is hard not to feel triggered by your surroundings. Even similar smells or sounds can transport your mind back in time to a place you really don’t care to revisit. And when flashbacks force you to relive the memory, it feels like it is happening all over again.

When the trauma is so fresh in your mind, turning to substances or unhealthy coping mechanisms seems easy. Just wanting to forget the pain, it is common to mask the memory with distractions that seem like they will make everything better only to realize that the same problems are still there.

Unfortunately, when you don’t receive treatment for trauma, it can have detrimental consequences on your mental and physical well-being. Not wanting to face trauma and avoiding any discussion of it is common given the debilitating effects it can have on your mental, physical, and spiritual well-being.

Trying to navigate a situation that feels like it shattered you into a million pieces is hard enough. But learning to pick up the broken fragments and piece them back together can seem impossible.

Fortunately, you don’t have to struggle through this alone. Working with a PTSD counselor can help you heal and transform your fractured sense of wholeness into something better than you ever thought possible.

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Treatment For PTSD Can Teach You How To Move Forward

Wanting to move on from a traumatic experience and facing it in a helpful way are two different stories. At Courageous Kids Counseling, we understand how daunting it can be when you want to make a meaningful change in your life but are unable to get there on your own.

Therapy for trauma gives you an ally who can help you make changes by coming to terms with and moving beyond your past. It also offers you the opportunity to view what has shaped you into the person you are today in a different light.

Our first session will explore your background and the struggles you are facing now. We will discuss how you currently manage your PTSD symptoms and if you have ever tried treatment before.

And though part of the healing process involves exploring the past, you will never be forced to talk about your trauma in more detail than you are willing to. Telling your story can be helpful, but it is not necessary to help you to feel better. We are here to listen and to support you, but we also want to help you find the solutions you need to move on in a healthy way.

Counseling will provide you with a chance to understand how negative thoughts contribute to your struggle with overcoming trauma. You will be able to transform your behaviors so that you can counteract negativity and fear with optimistic thoughts. As you learn the coping skills to manage your PTSD symptoms, you will find that everyday life will become easier.

We approach PTSD counseling through scientifically-backed therapeutic processes. For instance, one powerful PTSD treatment option, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), reduces the emotional impact of painful or distressing memories.

You see, when you went through the traumatic experience, the moment became embedded in your mind. Your brain held on to the sights, smells, and sounds that you encountered. As a result, when your brain currently recognizes a similar sound, for instance, it can trigger your PTSD, forcing you to relive the trauma all over again.

With EMDR, it helps you reprocess these sensations and memories until they no longer have a hold on you. In contrast, therapy for trauma also uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help you identify negative thoughts driving unhealthy behavioral patterns so you can replace them with more positive ones.

With both of these approaches, the focus is not on the trauma itself but the feelings, emotions, and thoughts that you have experienced because of it. The goal is to move you past the trauma and get you to a healthier state of mind.

You may feel stuck in the past with no escape. We know how disheartening it can seem to never see the end of the dark tunnel. However, PTSD treatment can help you move away from the past and realize a future in which you feel safe, secure, and happy with your life.

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You may still have questions about working with a trauma counselor…

Talking about the past is too hard for me.

You don’t have to retell your story to begin to feel better. You have been living with these painful memories for too long. While we are always open to hearing your story, it is not necessary to begin the work to help you live a more fulfilling life. We will teach you mindfulness skills, breathing techniques, and grounding strategies that can offset any distress in and outside of sessions.

What if things become too intense?

We will always go at the pace you are most comfortable with. At any point we need to slow things down or try a different approach, we absolutely can. It is important to be comfortable as you start to work through the more difficult thoughts and feelings; you will never be rushed to get to that point.

What if I don’t end up making any progress with trauma counseling?

Therapy is a process that takes time and patience. We know that right now, it probably feels as if things will never get better for you. However, though it won’t be an overnight transformation, you can be assured that trauma therapy will help you make progress in your life even if you can’t see it right away.

PTSD Treatment Can Give You Back Your Life

If you would like to schedule a free 20-minute phone consultation to see if trauma counseling is right for you, please call our office at (516) 754-4647. Or you can reach out to us via our contact page or online scheduler.
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