Trauma is not a life sentence

The terrible things that have happened to you don’t have to define you. The things you’ve been through don’t mean that you’re too messed up to find peace and happiness again. A lot of people in your shoes suffer in silence, believing that severe depression, fear for the future and the inability to find hope means they’ve gone crazy — or that they can never get better.

But the truth is these symptoms – the panic attacks, fears and phobias, trouble eating, nightmares and flashbacks are the effects of trauma in your life. And you could perhaps be suffering from PTSD. The effects, many times, are misunderstood (and sometimes misdiagnosed). It leaves people feeling discouraged and damaged. It leaves people feeling hopeless.

We’re not here to ask what’s wrong with you

Instead, we ask what happened. It’s not your fault. The things that cause trauma can take on a lot of forms. It can happen due to a natural disaster or a personal situation. Maybe it comes from a car wreck or the death of a close family member. None of these things happened because something is wrong with you. You’re at the receiving end of a raw deal.

Maybe you’re suffering from PTSD

PTSD looks different for a lot of people. During stressful times, someone with PTSD might go into a “fight or flight” mode. Maybe they feel really afraid or really angry. No matter the symptoms, something is wrong, and it’s time to get it under control. Are you suffering from PTSD? Ask yourself if you struggle with any of the following:

1. Re-experiencing symptoms:

  • Constantly remembering the bad experience.
  • Flashbacks, where you feel or act like the situation is happening to you all over again.
  • Disturbing or scary thoughts when faced with reminders of the traumatic experience.
  • Nightmares
  • Intense physical reactions, like sweating and rapid heartbeat when remembering the experience.

2. Avoiding things:

  • Avoiding reminders of the traumatic experience, including people, places, situations and objects.
  • Ignoring your feelings and memories about the event.

3. Reacting:

  • Outbursts of anger, many times unprovoked.
  • Reckless behavior.
  • Being startled easily.
  • Constantly feeling on edge.
  • Insomnia.
  • Difficulty concentrating.

4. Thinking problems:

  • Trouble remembering specific things about the event.
  • Exaggerated negative beliefs, like “I’m bad,” or “nobody can be trusted.”
  • Feeling constant shame.
  • Blaming yourself for what happened.
  • Trouble feeling positively about yourself.
  • Not enjoying anything anymore.

You don’t have to suffer in silence anymore

Here, we’re not here to treat you like something’s wrong with you. We’re here to help you find the hope and healing you deserve. If you’re nervous about talking to somebody else about your problems, you’re not alone. And if the thought of coming to a therapist’s office makes your stomach turn, you’re in good company. Here, people have talked about the good, the bad and the ugly. We completely understand that this is a scary process. But here’s the deal: counseling is not a dirty word.

When you come here, you’ll find a peaceful and judge-free environment. We’re not here to beat you down over what you’ve been through. We’re here to help you get on the right path and get to feeling better. You’re in a safe place to share your heart. What’s holding you back?