Natalie Kohlhaas MA LPC NCC CPCS  IMHCounseling

Trauma

 

Trauma is an emotional response to a terrible event. Immediately after the event, shock and denial are typical. Longer term reactions include unpredictable emotions, flashbacks, strained relationships and even physical symptoms like headaches or nausea. While these feelings are normal, some people have difficulty moving on with their lives. They may behave in a nervous, upset way, or turn their feeling outwards, being cruel to others or experiencing emotions of rage or anger. Other children and adults "act in" by becoming depressed, filled with fears and worries or emotionally shutting down and become numb. They may withdraw from friends or family. Older children or teens might try to hurt or even kill themselves. Therapists can help these individuals find constructive ways of managing their emotions. People who fully engage in recovery from trauma discover unexpected benefits. As they gradually heal their wounds, survivors find that they are also developing inner strength, compassion for others, increasing self-awareness, and often the most surprising -- a greater ability to experience joy and serenity than ever before.

 

Treatment modalities with a high success rate for trauma:

 

 

Mindfulness Training - learning "in the moment" techniques that enhance peace and calm, which can reduce and prevent apprehensiveness.

 

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy -  joining somatic therapy and psychotherapy into a comprehensive method for healing this disconnection between body and mind. 

 

Brainspotting – helps you approach trauma-related thoughts, feelings, and situations in a safe environment while reprocessing the information and rewiring the neural pathways in the brain.

 

Hypnotherapy - an altered state of awareness, perception or consciousness that is used, by licensed and trained doctors or masters prepared individuals, for treating psychological or physical problems in a highly relaxed state.

 

Individual Psychotherapy - provides a supportive environment that allows you to talk openly with someone who’s objective, neutral and nonjudgmental.