Therapy for PTSD & Trauma in Beaverton


Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - What is Trauma?

Trauma can be experienced firsthand, or can occur by hearing about or witnessing a traumatic event, or it may be the result of repeated exposure to traumatic situations.  Trauma impacts an individual's mind and body.  Trauma is an emotional and physiological response to a distressing event.  These are a few examples of events that may cause a trauma response:

    * Car Accidents

    * Medical Trauma

    * Sexual, Physical, Emotional Childhood Abuse or Neglect

    * Sexual Assault

    * War

    * Natural Disasters

    * First Responder Incident Response

    * Domestic Violence

    * Any Threat of Physical Harm or Death

Trauma can leave a person feeling unsafe or stressed long after the threat or adverse event is over. When trauma is not processed it can become trapped in the body, causing a person to re-experience the traumatic event over and over.

Common Symptoms Related to Trauma

    * Recurring Flashbacks of the Event

    * Hypervigilance 

    * Nightmares

    * Difficulty Sleeping

    * Depression

    * Feeling Numb, Tense, or Anxious

    * Avoidance of Distressing Memories, Thoughts, or Reminders of the Event

How Trauma Therapy Can Help

Healing is possible!  PTSD or trauma related stress does not have to be a life sentence. Therapy can be helpful in reducing PTSD and trauma symptoms while beginning the road to freedom. During therapy sessions I take a body centered relational approach to trauma treatment, using interventions such as EMDR, Internal Family Systems (IFS), and Somatic Experiencing.  I also incorporate aspects of mindfulness, body awareness, grounding, psycho-education, and self-care.

In Addition, Therapy Can Assist With:

    * Learning Healthy Coping Skills

    * Developing an understanding of the trauma response

    * Learning how to effectively calm your nervous system

    * How to manage your PTSD within your relationships

    * Moving forward with a new identity as a survivor 


Recommended Reading: The Body Keeps the Score By Bessel van der Kolk

Counseling for PTSD and Trauma - Inner Insight Counseling LLC - Therapy in Beaverton