PTSD and Trauma
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a condition that can occur after an individual goes through a traumatic event like assault, child abuse or neglect, war, or disaster such as a motor vehicle accident. After experiencing trauma, most everyone experiences some level of PTSD, such as nightmares or recurring thoughts of the event. These symptoms usually fade over a short period of time. For some people, however, traumatic events can have long-lasting psychological effects and can interfere with their ability to function. People experiencing PTSD may have frequent nightmares, flashbacks, or intense feelings of anxiety, depression, or guilt. PTSD symptoms can vary in intensity over time and stronger PTSD symptoms may be triggered when an
individual is stressed or experiences reminders or anniversaries of the traumatic events.
Complex trauma or C-PTSD refers to trauma that is prolonged, occurs multiples times, involves harm in an important relationship such as a parent or other caregiver, and has the potential to impact your emotional development. C-PTSD frequently results from years of hurtful childhood experiences with caregivers, including emotional, physical, and/or sexual abuse. This repeated and ongoing exposure to trauma can have long-lasting psychological effects.
- Recurrent and intrusive distressing thoughts about the traumatic event
- Recurrent nightmares
- Feeling as if the event were recurring
- Having intense physical reactions to reminders of the event, such as racing heart, rapid breathing, and muscle tension
- Being easily startled
- Avoiding thoughts and feelings associated with the trauma
- Avoiding friends and family
- Difficulty sleeping
- Feeling irritable or angry for no apparent reason
- Substance abuse
If you are struggling with any of these effects of a traumatic event, Cheryl is here to help you.
PTSD Treatment and Trauma Therapy
Cheryl is a trauma therapist and she will create a safe space in which your healing from tragedy can occur. The brain and body have an amazing capacity to heal. Trauma therapy allows us to break free from deep emotional pain and to thrive. Cheryl will provide you with emotional support as you process painful experiences. With therapy, you will develop skills to cope with distressing feelings and make positive life changes. The goal of psychotherapy is to lessen the psychological and physical effects of trauma, improve your mood, increase your self-worth, and give you hope for the future.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), relaxation training, mindfulness, and lifestyle guidance are trauma- informed techniques Cheryl uses in therapy. Working together with Cheryl, you will develop personalized strategies for coping with your emotional challenges and uncover the solutions you need for a better life.
What is Online PTSD Treatment Like?
Many people prefer online counseling for convenience, comfort, privacy, and safety. PTSD therapies can be easily modified for online therapy, including EMDR and CBT. Cheryl’s approach will help to foster a trusting and safe space in which you can work on overcoming the impact of trauma. Any communication and handouts can be easily transmitted virtually.
How do I get started?
At Cheryl’s counselling practice in Vernon, or with online counseling, you can receive anxiety treatment to find relief and move forward with your life. The best place to start is by speaking to Cheryl to discuss treatment options, answer any questions about the process, and schedule a confidential appointment. Follow these simple steps:
Text today at 250-307-0679 or e-mail me for a free consultation
Or, you can book directly through email Cheryl
Begin your journey towards a fulfilling and healthier life
Cheryl offers both in-person and teletherapy for online anxiety treatment for residents of Alberta and BC. Her private practice is located at 4415 – 29th Street, Vernon BC.