Your Life Feels Like It’s Been Hijacked
You’ve organized your days around protection and avoidance.
Something traumatic happened in the past, and it scared and hurt you so much that the fear of it has taken over.
Whether it happened last week or ten years ago, it’s now dictating your mood, actions, routines, and relationships.
You need to find safety and stability again. But no matter how much time passes and how hard you work to overcome your fears, you’re still hypervigilant, on edge, and looking for danger everywhere.
This doesn’t feel okay – not anymore.
You’re Ready To Stop Hiding And Start Living.
You’re willing to embrace the challenge, because however hard it will be, there is a light beckoning you out of the darkness – the chance to take back control and live the life you’ve always dreamed of.
It’s hard to imagine at this point, but processing difficult experiences and their painful aftermath can lead to tremendous growth and change. Once you’ve taken that step, you have the chance to lead a more fulfilling life and experience a peace of mind like you’ve never felt before.
When you’re ready to take that next step, we’re here for you. Therapy with IntrinPsych Woman can help you heal from the pain of trauma and craft a legacy of transformation. Our hope is that you’ll be able to look back without fear and look forward with optimism – to know that you chart your own course and determine your own fate.
Trauma Happens When An Experience Is Too Overwhelming To Process
The numbers do not lie – an astonishing 70 percent of adults in the US have experienced trauma in their lives.* Most people think of trauma as something that happens to soldiers in a warzone, but the actual range of traumatic events is much broader. Car accidents, toxic relationships, chronic illness, and ongoing emotional abuse can all be traumatizing. So can losing a loved one or witnessing the suffering of a family member or friend.
Basically, a traumatic experience is anything that’s too overwhelming or disturbing to process. You react with intense fear and helplessness. Your “fight, flight or freeze” instinct kicks into gear, making even the most ordinary situations seem perilous.
Although this instinct is ultimately trying to protect you and ensure your survival, when it continues on past the traumatic event itself, it perpetuates feelings of fear and the sense that you’re in danger and your entire life could fall apart at any moment.
The good news is that you don’t have to keep living in survival mode. With the help of a compassionate and trauma-informed therapist, you can calm the survival instinct, resolve your relationship to the past, and move forward in a functional and healthy way.
Trauma Therapy Can Help You Take Back Your Life
Symptoms of trauma distort your daily experience and make the world seem like a very scary place. Therapy helps you calm your body’s physical responses, enabling you to walk through life without the need to be hypervigilant at all times. Your therapist will walk alongside you – at your pace – to bring light to the darkness that trauma has cast over your life.
It will be challenging – no doubt about that. So finding a trauma specialist who can do this sensitive work is vital to getting your life back. Here at IntrinPsych Woman, our therapists have a wealth of experience helping people recover from trauma and PTSD. We’re confident that we can do the same for you.
What To Expect In Trauma Counseling Sessions
The long-term goal of therapy is to help you live a less burdened life – one where you feel free to express yourself, take risks, and be your true self. To do this, we’ll help you come up with new ways to manage overwhelming feelings and undo the intensity of your emotional reactions. You’ll learn skills for staying grounded in your body and ways of responding to your fears calmly and deliberately instead of reacting in fear.
Additionally, therapy provides the space to explore the impact that your emotional pain has had on your relationships. For instance, if you suffered from a toxic relationship or sexual abuse, therapy can help you find ways to feel safer in your own skin and develop securer connections to others. The pain from past relationships doesn’t have to affect your relationships at present.
Creating Your Trauma Treatment Plan
There is no one way right way to treat trauma, but there are many different approaches that have been found to help. One of the most powerful is EMDR, which stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. EMDR seeks to move traumatic memories out of an active space between short and long-term memory in order to consolidate them into your long-term memory. It quiets the emotional pain of trauma so that the memory doesn’t feel like it’s still happening right now.
Our practice also uses mindfulness to help people recover from trauma. Mindfulness helps you develop skills for staying rooted in the present and increasing your moment-to-moment awareness. You’ll learn to pay attention to what you’re feeling in the here and now instead of getting stuck in the past.
While the area of trauma is still being researched and we are learning more every day, we already have some evidence-based, tried-and-true methods to help you recover. As hard as it seems, confronting your fears with a therapist can empower you to step out of the shadow of the past and take back your life.
You May Have Some Concerns About Trauma And PTSD Therapy…
Every time I talk about my trauma, I have flashbacks.
Recounting your story isn’t always helpful. We know that without a strong relationship, a sense of safety, and other supports, sharing your story can actually be retraumatizing. In sessions with us, you don’t have to discuss all the details of your trauma. After all, our goal is not to revisit the past, but to help you lessen your fears and calm your nervous system.
I don’t think I can get past my trauma.
Your traumatic experience will always be part of your past – therapy can’t take that away. What we can change are the ways that trauma feels like it’s still happening in the present. With approaches like mindfulness and EMDR therapy, you can learn to keep trauma from interfering with your day-to-day life. This way, the past doesn’t feel as present in your life.
When I’ve tried to work through my trauma, I can’t handle the feelings that come up.
If you don’t yet have strategies for managing intense emotions, we will start by helping you develop some before you process your trauma. Just as an athlete has to train in order to compete at the highest level, we’ll give you specific skills before we turn towards the heavy lifting of working through trauma.
Your Life Doesn’t Have To Feel Hijacked Anymore.
Through the healing power of therapy, you can remove trauma from the driver’s seat of your life and chart your own course. To get started, you can call us at (917) 750-1330 to schedule a free, 20-minute phone consultation.