Trauma / PTSD
Trauma is an emotional response to a terrible event like an accident, assault or natural disaster. Short term reactions might include shock and denial. Long term reactions might include unpredictable emotions, intrusive memories, strained relationships and physical symptoms such as headaches or nausea. While these feelings are normal, some might have difficulty moving on with their lives.
- Avoidance of spending time with friends or family
- Avoidance of work or school
- Feelings of shame, embarrassment, disgust and depression
- Having plastic surgeries to change appearance
- Obsessive thoughts or worries about perceived flaws
- Spending large amounts of time examining themselves in a mirror
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition in which the individual is triggered by a traumatic experience(s). Symptoms of PTSD might include:
- Avoidance of people, places or activities that are a reminder of the experience
- Changes in physical and emotional reactions
- Emotional distress or physical reactions to reminders of the experience
- Negative changes in mood and thoughts
- Recurrent, unwanted thoughts about the experience
- Severe anxiety/panic
At Evolve, our therapists are trained and equipped to work with individuals that have experienced trauma, whether acute, chronic, or complex trauma. Our therapists incorporate a variety of modalities such as experiential therapy (including art, guided imagery, creating safety, etc). We utilize Cognitive Processing Therapy for individuals with PTSD. CPT is an evidence-based, cognitive behavioral therapy that focuses on the connections with thoughts, feelings, behavior and bodily sensations. Please call us for more information about trauma and/or PTSD therapy.