Therapy for Trauma

DO YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS OF TRAUMA?

Severe symptoms of trauma and-or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (“PTSD”) include flashbacks, panic attacks, and dissociative feelings.  Trauma can also cause generalized anxiety disorder, clinical depression, suicidality and other mental health conditions.

Less severe, but still very damaging, symptoms of trauma or PTSD have the following impact:

  • Cause people to experience distressing emotions which appear to themselves, and perhaps to others, to be excessive given the current situation.
  • Cause people to be highly reactive to certain trigger events.
  • Cause people to maintain dysfunctional beliefs about themselves despite “knowing” on an intellectual level that the beliefs are not true.

WHY DOES TRAUMA CAUSE THESE SYMPTOMS?

Traumatic incidents are stored differently in the brain than non-traumatic experiences.  The emotions, thoughts and sensory perceptions which were appropriate at the time of the trauma can be triggered throughout the person’s life at times when trauma is not present.  

WHAT IS TRAUMA?  WHAT IS A “BIG T” OR A “LITTLE T” TRAUMA?

Definitions of Trauma vary, but the “official” definition required for a PTSD diagnosis requires that the person was exposed to death, threatened death, actual or threatened serious injury, or actual or threatened sexual violence through either direct exposure, witnessing it in person, indirectly by learning that a close relative or friend was exposed to trauma or repeated or extreme indirect exposure in the course of professional duties.  Any event that falls into this category would be a big “T” trauma.  The “Big T” traumas are what people usually think of when they hear the word trauma: war, rape, major accidents, childhood physical or sexual abuse.

A “Little T” trauma includes childhood neglect, repeated verbal abuse from a close family member or authority figure, bullying, domestic abuse, complex grief.  “Little T” traumas are more common events that people usually don’t identify as traumatic.  The “Little T” Traumas, particularly when they happen to children, can have a major impact on how people views themselves and the world.  Coping with ongoing “Little T” traumas can have long lasting effects.  

 

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Our goal is to provide you with the tools and atmosphere to heal from your trauma.

Recovery is possible!

Therapy can be very effective for trauma, whether you have PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), ASD (Acute Stress Disorder), Panic Attacks, Generalized Anxiety Disorder or a Dissociative diagnosis.  

All three of the therapists at Mindful Psychotherapy, LLC are trained in working with clients who have trauma.

Dana Carretta works with children, ages 3-18, who have been through trauma. With children, she utilizes a combination of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Applied Behavioral Analysis, and EMDR. She also works with adults who have experienced trauma using EMDR.

Dolores Brown specializes in working with those who have experienced trauma combined with substance abuse, addition, or co-dependency.  Dolores utilizes a combination of therapy techniques, including CBT (Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy), Gestalt Therapy and visualization.  Dolores has extensive experience working with clients with Co-Occuring Disorders (addiction combined with a mental health diagnosis) and their family members.

Barbara Heffernan specializes in working with adults and older adolescents who have experienced trauma.  Barbara is an Approved EMDR Consultant and a Certified EMDR Therapist, and she utilizes a combination of CBT, EMDR, visualization, mindfulness and grounding techniques.  Barbara has worked extensively with clients with dissociative symptoms, PTSD, and anxiety.  Barbara also works with couples using EMDR and EMDR concepts to facilitate emotional and physical intimacy.