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.

Common Traumatic Events:
  • Past childhood abuse or neglect

  • Car accident

  • Community violence

  • Racial and systemic trauma

  • Unexpected medical events or injuries

  • Birth of a child

  • Domestic violence

  • Natural disaster

  • Unexpected or violent death of a loved one

  • War violence

Common Symptoms of Trauma:

  • Nightmares or disturbing dreams

  • Flashbacks, or reliving the traumatic event(s) while awake

  • Anxiety or distress when triggered by memories

  • Avoidance of anything associated with the trauma

  • Difficulty remember details about the event(s)

  • Feeling detached or estranged from others

  • Unable to experience happiness or joy

  • Increased irritability

  • Doing more risky or self-destructive behaviors

Experiencing a traumatic event(s) can have 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. If you have experienced any of the above events or symptoms, you should be assessed for 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

Trauma is much more common than you think. Trauma can cause PTSD, but not all that experience trauma get PTSD. Here are some statistics about trauma:

Trauma & PTSD Among adults:

  • About 7 to 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%)

  • A little over 50% of women will experience at least one traumatic event in your life, the most common trauma for being sexual assault or child sexual 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 & 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.

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. In fact, we can help you wherever you are in the state with online therapy in Colorado. 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, Christina Titcomb, or Alicia Kwande, our trauma specialists. 

  3. Begin your journey to hope and healing today

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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, couples counselingand 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.