Trauma Counseling ServicesTrauma, PTSD, EMDR, and Trauma Healing
Trauma Counseling Services with LifePaths Counseling Center
The way each of us responds to potentially traumatic situations can be very different. What one person may consider to be traumatic can have little impact on another. Trauma counseling can help you know what factors are part of how a traumatic experience has been so difficult for you. It also helps you find a way to overcome it.
Sometimes it is difficult to understand the complicated feelings and reactions we experience in the days, months, or even years after a traumatic experience has occurred. It is possible you are wondering if you have PTSD – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Trauma counseling can help you not only heal but also understand what has happened to you.
Another difficult thing can be how people respond to you when you talk about what happened to you. You might hear things like, “You should be over it by now,” or similar statements. People may not understand why you react so strongly to situations that trigger awful memories. We do, and we can help you make those reactions stop.
Sometimes, people minimize things that have happened to them, feeling very much that “it doesn’t affect me.” It may not, that’s for sure. We understand that there are factors such as resilience and strong support systems that leave a person with less negative effects from a difficult experience. But sometimes, suppressing how much an event affected you can cause unexplained emotional effects such as depression, anxiety, inability to manage stress, obsessive-compulsive traits, and even physical ailments as well.
If you think it is possible that some traumatic experiences from your past are having a negative impact on you now, please get in touch with us. We are happy to talk about what is going on and help you figure out the best way to go forward. You can reach us at the telephone number or email address above, or use the website to contact us.
In trauma counseling, to heal from a traumatic experience (or several traumatic experiences), you are likely to work on:
- Building healthy and effective coping skills to manage day-to-day anxiety, depression, stress, and triggers that bring on intense emotions associated with the trauma
- Understanding the nature of trauma, and trauma healing, to better understand your own experience
- Understanding how your own beliefs relate to your experience and your healing
- Gaining insight into how the trauma has affected you and the meaning it carries for you
- Understanding the different ways that PTSD might affect you and how to overcome it, if this diagnosis fits your situation
There are a few authors you may check into who have written helpful material on trauma healing. They are Peter Levine, and Bessel van der Kolk. In particular, Peter Levine has a CD set for healing trauma that has been extremely helpful to many.
Counseling for trauma can help you to restore peace and balance in your life, and reduce the lingering effects of a past traumatic experience.
You may be helped by traditional talk therapy, and you may also be interested in utilizing EMDR (Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy for this as well. Three of our counselors are trained in EMDR and can help you with this fast and effective method of treatment, if you choose to try it.
At our Littleton/Ken Caryl location, Jodi Hardesty and Kelly Coté both work with healing trauma, and are trained in different types of trauma counseling, including EMDR therapy. This location is also close to Ken Caryl, Lakewood, Columbine Valley, Morrison, Roxborough, and Highlands Ranch.