Feeling numb, angry or on edge. Struggling with nightmares, physical complains or hurtful memories that just won't stop. Having trouble getting along with people. Loved ones seem to just not get you or you just don't fit in. You might even have thoughts of or act out self harming behaviors. Whatever symptoms you are experiencing, they all appear to have started in response to one or various identifiable traumatic events (i.e. accident, sexual or physical abuse, victim of violence, combat, etc.). If this sounds familiar to you, you are probably one of many americans who are struggling with PTSD or other trauma related issues. Therapy and counseling can help you decrease your symptoms.
Since there are many different types of trauma a person can experience I decided to focus my therapy and counseling work especially on victims of sexual abuse and individuals who are suffering from the after math of an accident.
Psychological trauma is an emotional response to either witnessing or experiencing a severe and/or life threatening event (i.e. abuse, accident, loss, etc.). The amount of stress one can tolerate varies depending on genetics, availability of resources and coping skills. Typical immediate reactions are shock and denial. Long-term responses comprise unpredictable feelings, flashbacks, tense relationships, and physical symptoms like headaches or nausea. Though these feelings are common, sometimes a person struggles moving on with his/her life.
Talking to a trained psychotherapist can help find useful ways of controlling emotions and processing the anxiety provoking memories.
I use an array of counseling techniques in my work with trauma and abuse victims. I have been trained in approaches like EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and TF-CBT (Trauma Focused - Cognitive Behavior Therapy) to help individuals of various ages find relieve from their upsetting past. My goal is to support you in processing these experiences and empowering you to live a fulfilled life.
Call me today to schedule an appointment with Kathrin Winkler Therapy LLC, located in Costa Mesa, CA.