You aren’t sleeping anymore. Doing everyday activities feels scary or dangerous. Small changes in routine put you on-edge. You can’t stop thinking about what happened to you. Could this be PTSD? Trauma therapy might be the answer.
Impact of Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
There is a saying that “trauma is in the eye of the beholder.” While two people may have experienced the same event, one may be experiencing symptoms of trauma while the other may not. We don’t know exactly why this is, but we do know that symptoms of trauma can interfere with everyday functioning. People with trauma experience symptoms of anxiety, nightmares, flashbacks, depression, and difficulty concentrating. It can be difficult to do everyday activities, like go to work, sleep, or have healthy relationships with loved ones.
Symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
While people may experience different manifestations of trauma these are the commonly reported symptoms of PTSD:
- Being started easily or feeling “jumpy”
- Difficulty sleeping, having nightmares
- Experiences while awake of feeling like you are reliving the traumatic event “flashbacks”
- Withdrawing from others, depression, intrusive/negative thoughts
- Difficulty concentrating
- Risky behavior
- Anger, irritability
- “Co-occurring” problems, such as drug/alcohol abuse as an unhealthy coping strategy
Trauma Therapy and PTSD Treatment Can Help
Your trauma may have happened recently or it could have happened a long time ago. Trauma symptoms can be the result of something that happened once, like a car accident or sexual assault. Or, it could be a result of events that happened over a longer period of time, such as physical abuse in childhood that lasted for years. Each client is unique in their trauma experience and symptoms.
Our therapists are specially trained in treating trauma and have helped many clients reduce their symptoms. You don’t have to stay “stuck” in the past. You can learn how to cope with the symptoms. Your therapist can help you process your trauma so it doesn’t continue to negatively affect your life.
Move Forward Counseling’s Approach to Trauma Therapy and PTSD Treatment
The first step is for your therapist to get to know you and for you to start building trust with them. The second step is to learn coping skills for your symptoms. For example, learning mindfulness techniques to reduce anxiety symptoms or learning ways to improve your sleep habits. The third step is addressing the trauma by using a proven treatment such as EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) or, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).
While addressing the trauma in therapy can be difficult it is possible to start to see positive changes within a few months. And, your therapist will be with you every step of the way. While you may not be able to completely forget about the trauma you have experienced, it is possible to reduce your symptoms and recover from PTSD.
Counseling for Teens Who Have Experienced Trauma
TF-CBT (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) is an evidence-based treatment designed to help children, adolescents, and their parents overcome the impact of traumatic events. Examples of trauma could include but are not limited to:
- death of a loved one
- being a victim of physical, sexual, or emotional violence
- witnessing domestic violence
- natural disasters
How can TF-CBT work for teen counseling?
TF-CBT helps reduce distressing feelings and symptoms, ultimately reinstating a sense of control and empowerment. The therapist, client, and parent will work collaboratively to learn about their trauma. Then, develop a toolbox of coping skills to manage traumatic stress reactions, learn how to reframe past events, challenge distressing thoughts and beliefs in a more positive, helpful way. Next, the teen and therapist will process the trauma in creative ways that appeal to the strengths of the client. And, finally, integrate the trauma in a positive way in which the teen can feel a renewed sense of empowerment and a hopeful future.
With therapy for teens in Pennsylvania, we can help treat your child’s trauma together. TF-CBT is a structured, short-term treatment that lasts roughly between 12-25 sessions. This includes individual sessions for the child or teen, individual sessions for the parents, and conjoint sessions between parent and child or adolescent.
What is Holding You Back From Starting Therapy for Trauma?
Maybe you think if you just keep ignoring the trauma it will go away. Or, you have come to accept that the anxiety and sleepless nights are just part of your life now. Maybe, you are afraid to address the trauma because it feels like it would make it worse. These are all common thoughts that people with trauma have.
Symptoms of PTSD and trauma do not typically get better on their own. While going to therapy for trauma may not be enjoyable, it will help you to feel better and get “unstuck” from the symptoms you are having now. Our therapists have specialized training in trauma and have helped many clients improve functioning in their everyday life.
Begin Trauma Therapy and PTSD Treatment in Pennsylvania
You don’t have to live with the negative, intrusive thoughts, anxiety, and irritability of PTSD. Counseling can help you reduce these symptoms and live a life that is not overshadowed by trauma. Our mental health private practice in Lancaster, PA has caring therapists who specialize in trauma. In fact, we can help you wherever you are in the state with online therapy in Pennsylvania. To start your trauma counseling journey, follow these simple steps:
- Contact our administrative assistant at 717-462-7003 x1 to be matched with a therapist who is trained in trauma counseling.
- Meet with one of our caring Pennsylvania therapists for an intake appointment so we can start learning about you and determining what type of treatment would be the most helpful.
- Start feeling less anxious, depressed, and irritable so you can find joy in life again.
Other Therapy Services at Move Forward Counseling
Trauma therapy isn’t all we offer in our Lancaster therapy offices. First, we can offer online therapy in Pennsylvania, no matter where you are in the state. Additionally, we offer therapy for anxiety, depression treatment, relationship counseling, and more. Furthermore, our therapists provide specialized services for LGBTQ+ issues, therapy for life transitions, caregiver stress, and infertility counseling. Finally, we help teens, twenty-somethings, and anyone dealing with body image issues find a way to move forward. Contact us today to get started!