trauma - PTSD

“It is perfectly true, as philosophers say, that life must be understood backwards. But they forget the other proposition, that it must be lived forwards.” ― Søren Kierkegaard

Whether from childhood or adulthood, there are many kinds of traumatic experiences, such as sexual, medical, accidents, or military experiences, that can impact us physically, emotionally, psychologically, relationally, and spiritually. One definition of trauma says that a person was exposed to a life-threatening event or serious injury and a sense of safety and trust was violated. A person may begin to reexperience the events whether through dreams or flashbacks. One may change their routines to avoid these feelings or recollections and significantly change the way they operate in the world. Additionally, difficulty sleeping, irritability and anger, poor concentration and other anxiety related symptoms may persist. It can often be very difficult to move forward. One can feel very alone and the statement "it will get better" from friends and family may not help and even become irritating.

Or maybe you have never told anyone and the aloneness is unbearable. As the above quote says, the trauma does need to be discussed at the appropriate time, which can be difficult, but with an anticipation that one must live, always moving forward. Counseling can help with recovery from trauma as one attempts to regain some control of their thoughts and feelings. Whether counseling that follows specific steps (Cognitive Processing Therapy or Prolonged Exposure) or a different approach that feels more comfortable to you, empathy, caring and compassion will be used to help you through this period in your life.

Counseling Usually Consists of Five Parts

  • Interview/Assessment
  • Treatment
  • Out of Counseling Assignments
  • Termination
  • Outcome-Evaluation

Fees:  

  • 50 minute session: $125
  • 80 minute session: $185
  • Scoring of any necessary assessments pro-rated at 50 minute rate
  • Lower fees on a case by case basis