• Amy Hertle Counseling Trauma-aware Therapy

Trauma-aware Therapy

Trauma-aware Therapy

Frightening or distressing experiences can be traumatic. Whether acute, chronic or complex, trauma can be experienced in:

  • Community violence
  • Disasters
  • Childhood abuse or neglect
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Medical crisis
  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Verbal abuse
  • Bullying
  • Emotional abuse
  • Addictions
  • Auto accident
  • Death or aoss
  • Ending of aelationships
  • Spiritual or religious abuse
  • Witnessing another’s traumatic event
  • A highly stressful environment

These examples do not cover all the possibilities of what might be a trauma-inducing experience. Trauma is any experience that overwhelms your thoughts, emotions or body and leaves a negative, or “maladaptive,” memory. It is a lived experience that has the potential to adversely affect you mentally and physically as well as alter how you view relationships, people and the world.

Symptoms of trauma can show up as intrusive memories, changes in behaviors, mood, and physical and emotional well being. This might be experienced in:

  • Recurrent, unwanted distressing memories
  • Upsetting dreams or nightmares
  • Being easily startled or frightened
  • Being on guard for danger
  • Self destructive behavior such as drinking too much, driving too fast
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Confusion, difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability, anger, aggressive behavior
  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety and fear
  • Guilt, shame, self-blame
  • Withdrawing from others
  • Fatigue
  • Racing heartbeat
  • Muscle tension
  • Aches and pains
  • Avoiding places, people and activities
  • Negative thoughts about yourself, other people or the world
  • Hopelessness about the future
  • Memory problems
  • Difficulty maintaining close relationships
  • Feeling detached from family and friends
  • Lack of interest in activities you once enjoyed
  • Difficulty experiencing positive emotions
  • Feeling emotionally numb

Trauma doesn’t have to control your life

Healing after trauma is possible. Recovery from a traumatic experience requires that the painful experiences be processed. When left unprocessed they have the potential to replay over and over during a lifetime with emotional, behavioral and body patterns which limit your ability to live your fullest and most authentic life.

Together we can explore and uncover where and how your personal experience of trauma is preventing you from creating and living the life you desire. I use a Trauma-aware focus to address emotional, relational, psychological and physical problems that trauma can create. Incorporating the wisdom of polyvagal theory, my approach draws on highly effective and evidence-based strategies and interventions including EMDR, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Grief Recovery Method, TRE, and mindfulness based somatic approaches.

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