We know. PTSD (also known as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) sounds scary. It can feel like something other people experience--people who went through something much worse than you. Even veterans and victims of mass shootings--experiences most people agree are likely to cause PTSD--will tell you they should just be able to get over it.
The reality is that PTSD can be caused by all kinds of traumas--many of which most people wouldn't even count as a "trauma"--at least not for themselves. And it's not as easy as just wanting to get over it. Real treatment is needed. Luckily, there are really good optionsout there & helping people recovery from a traumatic experience is where we shine.
When you’ve been through a life-threatening or life-altering experience, your body and brain do all kinds of tricks to help you get through it. They basically shut everything non-essential down and focus on survival. Most of the time, after the threat is gone, your body and brain will then settle down, help you learn from the experience, and things get back to normal.
But sometimes, this settling down doesn’t happen. Instead, your body and brain stay on high alert. And each time something reminds you of what happened, your body goes back into that survival mode. And this happens over and over.
After a while, this becomes too much. You might start to also disassociate, numb out, or feel depressed.
Dealing with unresolved trauma can be confusing and overwhelming.
How Do I Know if I Have PTSD?
Some signs that trauma might be impacting your life include:
you feel jumpy and startle easily
your relationships are struggling
you feel onedge all the time, like something bad is about to happen
sex doesn’t feel the same as it used to
you feel numb or spaced out a lot
you don’t seem like yourself anymore
eating becomes a way to feel in control or to fill an emotional hole
you start and stop things, struggling to finish tasks
If you suspect you might have Post-traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms, we are here to help. Our counselors can empower you heal completely so that when difficult things happen in the future, you will be stronger than ever.
Is PTSD Therapy Still Recommended If It Happened Years Ago?
The tricky thing about PTSD is that it can come and go. Sometimes, things like denial and avoidance can work for years before any PTSD symptoms start to show. Often, people will start having symptoms when they are going through a big change. Maybe you are getting married, or your child is the same age as you were when the abuse happened, or you are finally in a safe, loving relationship. All kinds of things–good and bad–can trigger a PTSD episode.
Often, PTSD feels like a Jack In The Box. You never know when it will go off. But once you understand how PTSD works and start learning your triggers, PTSD can be managed and overcome.
What’s Involved in PTSD Treatment?
We work with kids, teens, adults, partners and parents to help you not only heal, but completely break free from the negative effects of trauma. We work with all kinds of bad experiences, especially sexual traumas. You can be confident that we have the training and expertise to handle the most difficult of circumstances.
With PTSD counseling, our clients tend to…
feel strong and able to take on the world
know how to manage anxiety and stress
are prepared for bad things to happen in the future
believe in themselves
have strong, connected relationships
know how to ask for what they need
embrace their bodies
enjoy life and feel alive
set and maintain healthy boundaries
have fun and laugh often
If you or someone you love is going through any of this…
Don’t Settle. Get Expert PTSD Help
Our counselors and staff at Hope For The Journey know that you matter. Whether you are ready to dive right in or are scared to take the first step, we are here for you from start to finish and will go at your pace.