Integrated Counseling Services
Professional Counseling & Alternative Therapy
PTSD and Trauma Therapy
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Trauma Therapy
Do certain images, sounds or thoughts trigger traumatic memories that make it difficult for you to engage with your life? Are you constantly on edge, worried the fear, pain and distress you are experiencing will never end? Do you logically know that you didn’t cause or deserve what happened, but you don’t feel that way? Maybe you have survived a car wreck, violent crime or physical or sexual abuse. Perhaps you experience physical symptoms – such as tension, difficulty breathing or racing heart-beat – or you may shut down emotionally and physically as your mind replays the memory of the traumatic experience. You may criticize yourself or feel ashamed whenever unwanted images run through your mind. Or you might become hyper-vigilant in an effort to stave back uncomfortable thoughts and feelings.
It can be difficult to keep up with daily obligations and sleep at night when your mind and body are constantly in fight-or-flight mode. Alternately, you may prefer to numb yourself to intense emotions and the risk of pain, which can create conflict or distance in your relationships. Over time, the weight of your worries can leave you feeling anxious and depressed. Do you blame yourself for your trauma or post-traumatic stress disorder Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)? Do you wish you could escape the self-criticism and feelings of shame surrounding the traumatic event so you could feel calm and in control again? Or, do you wish you knew how to help a loved one who was suffering from trauma or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?
Everyone Experiences Trauma In His or Her Own Way
Our ability to maintain our mental, emotional and physical wellbeing depends on a variety of factors, including genetics, cultural influence, learned skills, family relationships and available resources. An experience that is traumatic for someone else may not present any noticeable challenges for you. Similarly, you may struggle to cope with certain events or situations that others seem to be able to process and move past with little noticeable difficulty. Trauma can have any number of causes and even stem from painful or frightening experiences in childhood. While trauma and PTSD are often associated with physical or sexual abuse, violent crime or military or police service, other events, such as difficult pregnancy, car accident, illness/injury or the loss of a loved one, can also be traumatic.
It takes courage to heal from trauma. If you recognize that you are in pain and it’s disrupting the way you want to experience your life and relationships, there are steps you can take to find relief and be well. With trauma therapy at Integrated Counseling and Wellness in Rexburg, Idaho, you can stop letting your experience control you and move forward with greater strength and peace.
Trauma Therapy Can Help You Heal and Enjoy Life Again
I recognize that there is a difference between knowing that your traumatic experience was in the past and actually feeling calm and secure. In sessions, I provide a safe space and warm, compassionate counsel to help you uproot feelings of shame and self-criticism that have prevented you from healing and moving past your experience. Instead of shielding yourself from pain – and, as a result, love, and safety – you can see your situation more clearly and begin feeling the goodness of the world again.
I take a compassionate, integrative approach to trauma therapy to help you set goals and experience relief and healing in your life and relationships. With compassionate-mind training, you can calm feelings of anxiety and shame and cultivate a more peaceful and hopeful state of mind. You can learn how to receive compassion and understanding from others instead of reacting with defensiveness or suspicion. When you are able to calm your fears and see your situation from a new perspective, you give yourself room to experience joy and love in your life and relationships.
The strategies we develop during our trauma therapy sessions are tailored to your unique situation. By learning practical skills and tools that address not just your cognitive needs, but your emotional and relationship needs as well, you can resolve trauma and take back control of your life.
You may be interested in trauma therapy but still have questions or concerns…
I’m not sure I deserve to get better.
It is common for a traumatic experience to lead you to question what you could have done differently and carry self-criticism or shame, even when you know that you did not cause or deserve the event you went through. Though you may feel responsible in some way, or you may have grown used to the challenges in your life, it doesn’t mean that you deserve to continue suffering. I can help you view your experience from a wider and more authentic perspective, so you can feel comfortable accepting the healing you deserve.
Can trauma therapy really help me get better?
You may have tried a variety of approaches to manage and overcome trauma or PTSD with no success, from research and support groups to medication and even counseling. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to trauma therapy, but when you are willing to commit to your recovery – and when you build a trusting relationship with your therapist – you can learn to manage trauma symptoms and respond to distressing thoughts or emotions in a healthy and productive way. You can feel hopeful about your situation and confident that wellness is possible.
I’m too scared or embarrassed to talk about certain issues…
Traumatic experiences can often carry a great deal of shame, and it can be extremely difficult to share your thoughts and feelings openly and honestly. The first step in overcoming your challenges is to build a trusting relationship with someone who can give you the professional guidance, skills and support you need. This process can take time, and it may be uncomfortable in the beginning, but I offer a safe, confidential environment where you can open up in your own time.
You Can Find Relief
When you are overwhelmed, on edge and exhausted by trauma or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), healing can feel like an intimidating, even impossible journey. But, with professional support, you can learn to process painful thoughts and emotions so you can retain the wisdom you gained from your experience without having to relive it. If you are ready to take control of your life, or if you have additional questions about trauma therapy, I invite you to call 208-357-3104 or contact me through this site to schedule a free 15-minute consultation.
At Integrated Counseling and Wellness, we are committed to finding a solution that works for you. We are pro-wellness and appreciate the ways in which both modern medications and herbal therapies can assist you in reaching your wellness goals. These two approaches need not be mutually exclusive!
Our goal is to help you meet 100% of your mental, emotional, and relational goals, not just help you limp through life. Often this goal is unobtainable; nevertheless it remains our goal. We are committed to doing everything ethically in our power to assist you in becoming and staying as well as you wish to be.
Integrated Counseling and Wellness provides yoga classes as a means to finding balance, peace, and wellness in life. Yoga translated means “To Yoke” or “Union”. Through the practice of yoga, one can literally find a union of mind, body and spirit and a greater connection to the world around them.
Integrated Counseling and Wellness offers a number of additional counseling options including yoga, nutritional supplementing, cranial electrotherapy stimulation, and herbal therapy. And we believe that each one is worth checking out!