Are you struggling with mental and emotional injuries from your past?
Trauma is any past experience that is perceived as negative and is negatively impacting your present life. There are big traumas in which one witnesses or experiences horrific events, such as combat, rape, or sexual abuse. These are typically what people think of when they hear the word "trauma." There are also disturbing events such as smaller everyday stressors and negative childhood messages that continue to impact us in our adult lives. Traumas leave us feeling distressed and unable to fully process the event. They manifest in the physical, sexual, or psychological symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). EMDR and TF-CBT can help heal both types of trauma.
Symptoms of PTSD
Over-reaction to normal environmental cues
Recurrent and intrusive thoughts about the traumatic event
Act or feel as if the traumatic event is happening in the present
Attempts to avoid thoughts, feelings, or activities associated with the traumatic event
Unable to recall an important aspect of the traumatic event
Feel detached or estranged from others
Less interest or pleasure in activities that one used to enjoy
You are not alone.
When you have had traumatic events in your life and are experiencing PTSD it can feel like you are alone and no one else could understand your struggles. However, an estimated 7.8% of the American population will experience PTSD at some point in their lives and about 5.2 million people have PTSD during the course of a year.
Resolve can help.
Resolve offers EMDR and Trauma Focused CBT to clients suffering from PTSD. These forms of treatment are specifically designed to help with the symptoms of PTSD and have been tested and proved to be very effective. These are a short term and structured treatment approaches that have long lasting effects.
What is EMDR Therapy?
EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) is a counseling method that helps people identify and process the "stuck" events and memories that are causing distress. EMDR helps activate the brains processing system similar to what happens during REM sleep. During EMDR you will be asked to bring up the memory of the disturbing event along with all of the thoughts, beliefs, and feelings associated with it. Your therapist will the take you through several sets of bilateral stimulation (BLS) to help activate the brain's processing system. There are several types of BLS including eye movement, tapping, hand pulsars, and alternating sounds; you and your counselor will find what works best for you.
EMDR is a tested and proven counseling method and is approved by the American Psychological Association and the Department of Veteran Affairs. It is found to not only be effective, but also typically in fewer sessions than standard talk therapy. To learn more you can visit http://emdria.org or talk more with your counselor during your first appointment.
What is Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)?
TF-CBT is recognized as being one the most effective interventions for children and adolescents who are experiencing emotional, cognitive and psychological symptoms related to one or more traumatic life events (including complex trauma.) TF-CBT is a short term treatment model (8-25 weeks) proven to be effective in improving post traumatic stress symptoms, depression, anxiety, externalizing behaviors, sexualized behaviors, and feelings of shame, guilt and mistrust.
TF-CBT is a skills and strengths based model, with daily practice components for optimal effectiveness. The components learned during treatment are: Psychoeducation and Parenting Skills, Relaxation Techniques, Affective Expression and Modulation, Cognitive Coping, Trauma Narrative and Processing, In Vivo Master of trauma reminders, Conjoint Child-Parents Session and Enhancing Future Safety. TF-CBT practice components build on each other and are taught in a manner, intensity and duration that best matches the needs of the child and family.
TF-CBT recognizes the importance of parents/caregivers in the child’s healing process. This treatment strives to give parents the resources and skills necessary to cope with the psychological ramifications of trauma. Parents participate in sessions individually as well as jointly with their child. Parents can process their personal distress regarding the child’s traumatic experiences, learn effective parenting skills to manage problematic behaviors and skills to promote positive and supportive interactions.
Counseling can take a lot of time and isn't cheap. Is it really worth it? Counseling is an investment in yourself, your relationship, your family, your friendships, and your work. Depression and anxiety affects ourselves and everyone around us. There is a level of depression and anxiety we can work through on our own, but if you find that old strategies aren't working and you are continuing to fall into the same symptoms, then it might be time to see a counselor. Reaching out for help isn't a sign of weakness, but rather it is a sign of strength. By spending about an hour a week focusing on yourself you can see lasting and long term changes in your life and your relationships. This can also help prevent future expenses such as divorce, child therapy, loss of a job or promotion, and medical bills due to a lack of self care or self harm.
I have done therapy before and it didn't help. How will this time be different? It is understandable if you are pessimistic about counseling, especially if you have done it before. There are multiple factors in having a positive outcome in counseling, including your readiness to make meaningful changes, and the ability of the counselor to hear, connect with, and support you. It might be that now is the right time for you, whereas before you might not have been ready. Also, by working with Resolve you might find a different approach than your previous experiences.
There are a lot of therapists out there. Why should we choose you? There are many counselors out there, but not everyone has a passion for working with individuals suffering from anxiety and depression. Resolve has therapists who specialize in treating anxiety and depression. As you work with us you will find:
Resolve has an informal and collaborative approach to build trust and security. Clients report that they feel like they can be themselves and don't feel intimidated here.
We will not judge you or give you a lot of unwanted advice.
We work with clients from an empathetic, understanding, and nonjudgmental framework.
We have flexible hours, rates, and a simple, online scheduling system.
So now what?
If you are still working through your struggles individually, you might find the articles on our website helpful. Resolve works to constantly put out articles for the community to help find ways through what you are dealing with. You can also like our Facebook Page, where we also post our articles in addition to ones written by other mental health professionals.
If you are ready to schedule your first appointment, you can do so by calling (913) 735-0577 or click the "Schedule an Appointment" button at the top of the page.