healing

after trauma

Therapy for

trauma and PTSD

You have not been sleeping well ever since that "something" happened. Most nights, you lie down completely exhausted only to find that you cannot fall asleep. Meanwhile, your mind continues to replay the event. You also don’t feel quite yourself, almost like you are “living in a dream”.

You find yourself more annoyed with other people and feel increasingly anxious or on edge when around them. You want to be left alone because you think no one can truly understand how you feel. Flashbacks of the event start happening, leaving you feeling a bit disoriented and upset. Perhaps you're unable to focus on your daily tasks and unable to engage in your personal relationships the way you once did.

This Just Isn't "You"

 

At times, you may even find yourself more aggressive towards those you love, or random strangers. When you are awake, you may feel like you are always “looking over your shoulder” or just waiting for the next “bad thing” to happen. You might begin to feel cynical about the world, thinking that no matter what you do, the world will always be dangerous, and you will always feel unsafe. Now, it's difficult to trust others and rely on anyone but yourself. You feel incredibly lonely and unsure of where to turn. All you want is for this to go away, but you do not know how to make it stop.

Do any of these trauma or PTSD symptoms describe you?
  • Victim, or witness, of a traumatic event in which a close friend or family member has been killed, harmed or threatened with his or her life due to an act of violence or an accident

  • Exposed to threats of violence

  • Experience repetitive, unwanted, intrusive and distressing memories

  • Experience recurring and disturbing dreams

  • You “re-experience” the event while awake 

  • Experience intense, prolonged anxiety or distress when triggered by memories

  • Finding yourself actively trying to avoid anything associated with the event

  • Difficulty remember details about the event/s

  • Feeling cynical about the world sometimes and blame yourself

  • Much less interested in activities that you typically enjoy

  • Feeling detached or estranged from others

  • Struggling to experience any positive emotions, such as happiness or love

  • Feeling more irritable or “grumpy” than usual

  • More “jumpy” than usual

  • Finding yourself engaging in more risky or self-destructive behaviors

  • Always vigilant about your surroundings to ensure no threats to your safety

  • Finding it more difficult to concentrate or focus

Experiencing a traumatic event can a significant impact on how you experience the world. How you think about the world. And, how you respond to your environment and community. You may think that what you experienced was not “that bad” and does not qualify as a traumatic event. Some people might say, “I have never been to war or anything like that”. There is a common misconception that PTSD, or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, only affects those who have been in combat. Or, those who work in dangerous occupations, such as Police, Firefighter or EMTs. But this isn’t true. Anyone who has experienced many of the symptoms above may be diagnosed with PTSD. Likewise, some people who experience trauma may not develop PTSD.

Therapy for Trauma and PTSD Treatment Can Help

What happened in the past doesn't have to haunt you.  Whatever trauma you've been through, it is possible to find healing and recover.  Support through counseling can help. If you are experiencing any of the common trauma symptoms above, you are likely experiencing trauma-related anxiety. So, you may need the same type of support for someone diagnosed with PTSD. Here at Catalyss Counseling, we do not judge the severity of the event.  Instead, we focus on how you are responding to this experience and how we can help you recover your full self, and empower you to take back control in your life.

Facts about trauma and PTSD

Did you know that PTSD can affect different people in very different ways? Here are some statistics on the prevalence of PTSD and trauma.

Trauma & PTSD Among adults:

  • About 7 or 8 out of every 100 people (or 7-8% of the population) will have PTSD at some point in their lives.

  • About 8 million adults have PTSD during a given year. This is only a small portion of those who have gone through a trauma.

  • About 10 of every 100 women (or 10%) develop PTSD sometime in their lives compared with about 4 of every 100 men (or 4%). ​

 

Trauma & PTSD Among women:

  • A little over 50% will experience at least one traumatic event in their life, he most common trauma for being sexual assault or child sexual abuse.

  • About 33% will experience a sexual assault in their lifetime.

 

Trauma Among Teenagers and Children:

  • Of the reported cases of child abuse, there is proof of abuse in about 30% of cases. From these cases, we have an idea how often different types of abuse occur:

  • 65% neglect

  • 18% physical abuse

  • 10% sexual abuse

  • 7% psychological (mental) abuse

While the trauma event may have been out of your control, trauma treatment can help you regain a sense of control over your life. You can feel better and get back to being yourself. You can enjoy the little things in life again. And you can make the most of your work, relationships, and family once more. Trauma is treatable. Therapy and trauma treatment at Catalyss Counseling can help with Healing After Trauma.

trauma and ptsd treatment at catalyss counseling

While you recover from the adverse impacts of trauma, you will likely go through a wide range of thoughts and emotions. You may feel angry, sad, guilty, hopeless, helpless and even worthless. Here at Catalyss Counseling, we specialize in treating trauma and related anxiety. First, we will work with you to regain a sense of control over your feelings and thoughts so you can meet your basic needs. Then, we'll relieve the functional anxiety due to your social, occupation and economic obligations. Through this, you feel more able to cope with daily stress during the recovery process. Finally, we will find meaning in the event and how it will shape your ongoing growth in a way that promotes health, and resiliency.

Coordination of Care for Trauma Treatment: 

Many people experiencing trauma and trauma-related anxiety also have a co-occurring medical issue. These can include chronic pain, alcohol or drug abuse/addiction, or depression happening at the same time. Because it is difficult to treat these issues separately, at Catalyss Counseling we help the whole person at one time. We coordinate with other medical professionals in the community and work together as a treatment team.

EMDR for Trauma Therapy

 

We use EMDR, Eye Movement Desensitization, and Reprocessing, our therapy of choice for processing past trauma. In this process, we will:

  • Assess your symptoms

  • Identify the impact they are having on your life

  • Give you coping skills to manage your anxiety

  • Guide you in changing negative thought processes
     

This results in better social and family relationships, less work-related stress, and more self-care. The process of EMDR trauma therapy can be difficult at times. Yet, we try to make it as easy on you as possible by connecting with you and identifying your needs, wants and goals to make lasting change in your life. We empower you to make the changes in your life that you want to see. The end result of therapy for trauma at Catalyss Counseling is Healing after Trauma.

Getting Started in Trauma Therapy and PTSD Treatment

Counseling and trauma treatment with Catalyss Counseling can provide you with Healing after Trauma. If you’d like to talk to someone more about how we treat trauma, we make it easy:

  1. Contact us today for a free 20-minute phone consultation.

  2. Or, you can book directly online with Kristen Dammer or Christina Titcomb, our trauma specialists. 

  3. Begin your journey to hope and healing today

Other Therapy Services Available at Catalyss Counseling

Your trauma does not define you. You are a full human who needs support for all areas of your life. That's why we want to make sure you know we are here for your counseling needs in the Denver area. Our supportive therapists provide therapy for anxiety, depression counseling, therapy for grief and loss, counseling for caregiversstress management counseling and more. We also have specialists in women's issues, pregnancy and postpartum concerns, pregnancy loss and miscarriage, and birth trauma. For therapists, we can also provide clinical supervision! We look forward to connecting with you to help support your journey today.

Catalyss Counseling welcomes diversity including all body sizes, abilities, races, sexualities, genders, religions and political values.

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