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Trauma & PTSD

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Trauma & PTSD

You aren’t sleeping anymore. Doing everyday activities feels scary or dangerous. Small changes in routine put you on edge. You can’t stop thinking about what happened to you. Could this be PTSD? Trauma & PTSD therapy might be the answer.

Impact of Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

There is a saying that “trauma is in the eye of the beholder.” While two people may have experienced the same event, one may be experiencing trauma symptoms while the other may not. We don’t know exactly why this is, but we know that trauma symptoms can interfere with everyday functioning. People with trauma experience symptoms of anxiety, nightmares, flashbacks, depression, and difficulty concentrating. It can be challenging to do daily activities like work, sleep, or have healthy relationships with loved ones.

Symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

While people may experience different manifestations of trauma these are the commonly reported symptoms of PTSD:

Trauma Therapy and PTSD Treatment Can Help

Your trauma may have happened recently, or it could have happened a long time ago. Trauma symptoms can result from something that happened once, like a car accident or sexual assault. Or, it could be a result of events over a more extended period, such as physical abuse in childhood that lasted for years. Each client is unique in their trauma experience and symptoms.

Our therapists are specially trained in treating trauma and have helped many clients reduce their symptoms. You don’t have to stay “stuck” in the past. You can learn how to cope with the symptoms. Your therapist can help you process your trauma so it doesn’t continue to affect your life negatively.

Move Forward Counseling’s Approach to Trauma & PTSD Therapy

The first step is for your therapist to get to know you and for you to start building trust with them. The second step is to learn coping skills for your symptoms. For example, you are learning mindfulness techniques to reduce anxiety symptoms or learning ways to improve your sleep habits. The third step is addressing the trauma using a proven treatment such as EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) or Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).

While addressing the trauma in therapy can be challenging it is possible to start to see positive changes within a few months. And your therapist will be with you every step of the way. While you may not completely forget about the trauma you have experienced, it is possible to reduce your symptoms and recover from PTSD.

Counseling for Teens Who Have Experienced Trauma

TF-CBT (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) is an evidence-based treatment designed to help children, adolescents, and their parents overcome the impact of traumatic events. Examples of trauma could include but are not limited to:

How can TF-CBT work for teen counseling?

TF-CBT helps reduce distressing feelings and symptoms, ultimately reinstating a sense of control and empowerment. The therapist, client, and parent will work collaboratively to learn about their trauma. Then, develop a toolbox of coping skills to manage traumatic stress reactions, learn how to reframe past events, and challenge distressing thoughts and beliefs in a more positive, helpful way. Next, the teen and therapist will process the trauma creatively that appeal to the client’s strengths. And finally, integrate the trauma positively in that the teen can feel a renewed sense of empowerment and a hopeful future.

With therapy for teens in Pennsylvania, we can help treat your child’s trauma together. TF-CBT is a structured, short-term treatment lasting roughly 12-25 sessions. This includes individual sessions for the child or teen, individual sessions for the parents, and conjoint sessions between the parent and child or adolescent.

What is Holding You Back From Starting Therapy for Trauma?

Maybe you think it will go away if you keep ignoring the trauma. Or, you have come to accept that the anxiety and sleepless nights are just part of your life. Maybe, you are afraid to address the trauma because it feels like it would worsen it. These are all common thoughts that people with trauma have.

Symptoms of PTSD and trauma do not typically get better on their own. While going to therapy for trauma may not be enjoyable, it will help you to feel better and get “unstuck” from the symptoms you are having now. Our therapists have specialized training in trauma and have helped many clients improve functioning in their everyday life.

Meet Our Trauma Therapy and PTSD Treatment Therapists

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Find Relief From Trauma

Reach out today to get started with Trauma Therapy and PTSD Treatment counseling. Our supportive staff will help guide you through the scheduling process, discuss special requests and consult your insurance needs.

Begin Trauma Therapy in Lancaster, Pittsburgh or With Online Therapy in Pennsylvania

You don’t have to live with the negative, intrusive thoughts, anxiety, and irritability of PTSD. Counseling can help you reduce these symptoms and live a life that is not overshadowed by trauma. Our mental health private practices in Lancaster and Pittsburgh, PA have caring therapists who specialize in trauma. In fact, we can help you wherever you are in the state with online therapy in Pennsylvania. To start your trauma counseling journey, follow reach out today.

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