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Therapy session

PTSD & C-PTSD

We offer individual sessions to work on current symptoms and through past traumas.

"Always remember, if you have been diagnosed with PTSD, it is not a sign of weakness; rather, it is proof of your strength, because you have survived!"

- Michel Templet

What is PTSD & C-PTSD?

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a condition that can occur after a person experiences or witnesses a highly traumatic event. Events that are life threatening or that interfere with our concept of normalcy can leave mental scars which can interfere with our ability to be present in our current moment and reduce our quality of life.

Complex PTSD (C-PTSD) differs from PTSD in its timeframe and number of occurrences. While PTSD is usually a singe event, or a series of events over a short period of time. C-PTSD occurs after trauma is experienced repeatedly over long periods of time. C-PTSD is often experienced with childhood abuse.

The Impact of PTSD & C-PTSD

PTSD is highly distressing for individuals and their loved ones. Common symptoms of PTSD include nightmares, flashbacks, avoiding things that are associated with the traumatic experience, nervousness, irritability, bursts of rage, and lack of sleep. They prevent the person with PTSD from experiencing a calm and enjoyable life, and further complicates matters by adding stress to current relationships.

 

C-PTSD has the same symptoms but also can have more hard to recognize symptoms because of the long duration of the traumatic experience. C-PTSD can also affect a person's self concept, their ability to set proper boundaries, deal with hierarchies, and be assertive. 

Is therapy right for you?

Trauma has a profound impact on our lives, affecting our emotions, relationships, and overall well-being. If you've experienced trauma, whether recently or in the past, seeking help can be daunting. Often people who are experiencing PTSD feel they will be considered weak or broken because of their experiences. This is often not the case, PTSD is a condition that affects survivors. 

 

Our holistic approach to PTSD & C-PTSD treatment addresses the interconnected  elements of our experience of PTSD, addressing not just the physical experience of it but also the emotional, the interpersonal, and the thoughts surrounding the event. This approach seeks not just to help you recover from your trauma but to promote resilience and help you thrive in other life experiences through the provision of tools and coping strategies.

 

You are not defined by your trauma, and your story does not end here. With the right support, understanding, and guidance, you can emerge from the shadows of trauma and step into a future defined by strength, resilience, and hope. Take the first step toward healing today. Contact us to schedule a consultation, and together, we will navigate the path to healing, helping you reclaim your life and embrace a future filled with possibilities.

What to expect

  • An understanding space with a calm, non-judgmental, and unbiased therapist that will encourage the exploration of your current experience with (C)PTSD.

  • A selection of evidence based tools and skills adapted to your life situation aimed at reducing  your symptom intensity to increase your quality of life. 

  • Evidence based interventions geared to working through your trauma experience, changing the way your brain understands and expresses the event.

  • A compassionate and understanding therapist to provide feedback on your experiences and help you adjust to your experience and help you flourish.

  • To be understood and cared for in a patient and kind manner.

Our Process in a Nutshell

  • Book a consultation - a free 15 minute consultation helps you know if we are the right fit for you. Since healing occurs in relationships this time helps you get a sense of who we are. We also use this time to get a sense of your experience.

  • Complete an Intake form - our intake form provides us with more details about your experience that can help us understand you better.

  • Getting to know each other - the first few sessions (1-2) primarily helps us get to know you and your experiences in greater detail. As we get to know you we may ask brief high level questions about your past, your current life experience, or your perception about the future. 

  • Setting goals and a plan to get there - after we get to know you and your experience we give you feedback on your situation then we generate a plan for therapy in collaboration with you, making sure we address the different aspects of your life affected by your trauma. We set goals that will be worked on in and out of session to manage your trauma experience and reduce your symptoms.

  • Doing the work - sessions after the feedback session provide the bulk of the work in therapy, we provide coping skills and help you use the tools provided to manage the intensity of your symptoms. Then we will work through the traumatic experience to provide more long lasting relief from symptoms.

  • Ending well - our goal is always to work ourselves out of a job. As we go through our sessions we will keep an eye on our goals and adjust our involvement accordingly. Our termination process allows for check ins to ensure that change is lasting.

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