PTSD and Trauma Counseling
Trauma and PTSD therapy in Denver
You never feel safe. You have trouble taking a full breath of air in your lungs.
You're scared of closing your eyes, and that second when you sneeze is terrifying.
You avoid taking a cab at all costs because you can't be alone in a car with a stranger.
You can't see all these supposedly nice people out there. All you see are ghosts of your past haunting you.
You spend most of your time alone because it's safer that way. You convinced yourself that being alone is better, and yet loneliness still hits you hard.
Trauma is your prison.
However inescapable the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder you experience may feel, there is hope and help available to you.
Some examples of traumatic events I help clients with at my Denver and Littleton therapy offices include:
- birth of a child
- sexual and physical assault
- abusive relationships
- serious illness
- witnessing a death
- a sudden loss
- car accident
- terrorist attacks
You may also be affected by physical concerns such as:
- sexual dysfunction
- hormonal issues
- digestive issues
- tension in specific parts of the body (head, neck, shoulders, stomach...)
Trauma treatment in Denver CO
PTSD is difficult to overcome alone. It is recommended to work with a therapist that specializes in treating PTSD so that you can feel safe and at peace again, enjoy other people's company and have the relationships you long for.
Trauma symptoms can also resurface after a major change in your life such as a recent move. If you recently relocated (expat, immigrant, international student) in an unfamiliar country or city, your sense of safety may be even more hindered.
One of the best ways to heal from the emotional distress and alleviate the symptoms of trauma is to use a scientifically-researched technique called EMDR.
I'm a therapist in Denver trained in both EMDR and somatic therapy for trauma. We will work together to explore what might be best for you. Some people want to utilize EMDR and/or somatic therapy which also deals with the physical symptoms connected to the trauma (i.e. headache, stomachache, and other body aches and tensions).
You might feel some anxiety about the idea of starting this work and that's understandable. We will work together to move at your speed.
The first step of the process consists of building your repertoire of mental and physical resources that will help you feel more empowered and confident doing the work. I also use mindfulness-based therapy tools to create a buffer between you and the trauma.