Trauma

Symptoms of trauma can get in the way of living life to the fullest. Trauma is a term we use that covers both “little t” trauma and “big t” trauma. At Alpine Lakes Counseling Center we assess by asking the question, “what happened to you?” –Not, “what’s wrong with you.” If you have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, have a history of complex trauma or abuse, experienced recent trauma, or a recent serious accident you may be experiencing some of the following problems.

  • Irritability or Anger
  • Difficulty in relationships
  • Flashbacks
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Nightmares
  • Avoiding places or anything having to do with trauma or abuse.
  • Feeling disconnected from others
  • Other mental health symptoms such as depression or anxiety

At Alpine Lakes Counseling Center we use Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy, mindfulness, and somatization techniques to help calm the nervous system in order to safely reprocess trauma stored in the mind and body. We provide a safe and non-judgmental space to support you in your healing and growth. We believe that everyone has the ability to recover from past experiences.

If you want to reclaim your life back and no longer be defined by your past, call today to schedule a 20 min. free phone consultation or your first counseling appointment.

EMDR is a highly research trauma-focused modality that has shown to significantly reduce symptoms of PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, and other psychological symptoms. Click here to learn more.

PTSD

Most people will experience trauma in their lifetime whether it’s a car accident, abuse or neglect, the sudden death of a loved one, a violent criminal act, exposure to the violence of war, or a natural disaster.

While many people can recover from trauma over time with the love and support of family and friends and bounce back with resiliency, others may discover effects of lasting trauma, which can cause a person to live with deep emotional pain, fear, confusion, or posttraumatic stress far after the event has passed.

In these circumstances, the support, guidance and assistance of a therapist is fundamental to healing from trauma.

Trauma Symptoms

According to the four types of symptoms listed in the DSM-5

Avoidance Symptoms

  • Avoiding specific locations, sights, situations, and sounds that serve as reminders of the event
  • Anxiety, depression, numbness, or guilt

Re-experiencing Symptoms

  • Intrusive thoughts, nightmares or flashbacks

Hyperarousal Symptoms

  • Anger, irritability and hypervigilance
  • Aggressive, reckless behavior, including self-harm
  • Sleep disturbances

Negative Mood and Cognition Symptoms

  • Loss of interest in activities that were once considered enjoyable
  • Difficulty remembering details of the distressing event
  • Change in habits or behavior since the trauma

Research has proven psychotherapy to be the most effective form of treatment for trauma. Most commonly, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) are used in treating trauma.

If you or someone you know match the trauma symptoms listed above, reach out today so we can schedule an appointment.

EMDR

What is EMDR Therapy?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from different treatment approaches.

How does EMDR work?

EMDR therapy is an integrative psychotherapy and uses a technique called bilateral stimulation to repeatedly activate opposite sides of the brain. Therapists often use eye movements to facilitate the bilateral stimulation. These eye movements mimic the period of sleep referred to as rapid eye movement or REM sleep, and this portion of sleep is frequently considered to be the time when the mind processes the recent events in the person’s life.

EMDR seems to help the brain reprocess the trapped memories is such a way that normal information processing is resumed. Therapists often use EMDR to help clients uncover and process beliefs that developed as the result relational traumas or childhood abuse and/or neglect. For a more detailed explanation please visit EMDR Institute, Inc.

What does EMDR help?

EMDR had been originally established as helpful for PTSD, although it’s been proven useful for treatment in the following conditions:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Panic Attacks
  • Complicated Grief
  • Dissociative Orders
  • Disturbing Memories
  • Phobias
  • Pain Disorders
  • Performance Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Stress Reduction
  • Sexual and/or Physical Abuse
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorders
  • Personality Disorders

None of the above symptoms or experiences fit you?

Do you experience distressing emotions that appear to you, and perhaps to others, to be excessive given the current situation? Do you tend to be highly reactive to certain triggers? Is there one or more dysfunctional belief that you believe about yourself that on an intellectual level you know is not true?

If so, you may still be a good candidate for EMDR therapy.

All therapists will be trained in EMDR by Spring 2021. Find out which therapists are accepting new clients, email or call us today!

We offer trauma therapy using EMDR for PTSD. We also use EMDR to treat Anxiety, Depression, and Anger Management.