Therapy for Trauma
Am I Suffering From Trauma?
Did something happen that you can’t get over? Was it the loss of a loved one? Abuse? Divorce? An accident? Maybe you haven’t thought of what you went through as a trauma. Trauma is just a way of saying something happened to you that was so difficult and upsetting that you can’t get over it. Trauma can be a single event, like being the victim of an assault or surviving a serious accident. But trauma can also be something repeated, like being verbally or physically abused by a partner or being picked on and bullied throughout your childhood. Regardless of the situation, trauma changes the trajectory of your life and stops you from being the person you used to be, or the person you want to be.
How Does Trauma Affect You?
Do you find the most intense emotions coming right to the surface at the most inappropriate time? Do you become upset when things remind you of the past? Trauma can come out in many ways. We worry more and focus on what’s going to go wrong instead of living life now. We lose confidence in ourselves and feel insecure. Emotions that were easy to control become harder to reign in; we become irritable, easily stressed out, depressed. We find ourselves crying and sometimes for no apparent reason. We look at the future and see this difficult journey ahead and we don’t know how we’re going to do it. We feel alone and overwhelmed.
You Don't Have To Do This Alone
My name is Jason Drwal. I’m a clinical psychologist and a trauma therapist. I understand how difficult it is to have something happen that changes your life forever. Over the past 15 years, I’ve helped hundreds of trauma and PTSD survivors learn to live life again and feel happy. I’ve learned the challenges of living with trauma and I understand what you’re going through, whether you think the trauma is big or small – I can help you.
Can Therapy Help Me?
Maybe you’re afraid you won’t ever get over this. Or that therapy won’t help. But it does! I’ve seen it over and over and heard from my clients themselves. But beyond my observations, there are hundreds of research studies which have found that therapy significantly improves trauma and PTSD symptoms, reduces depression, and improves relationships with partners. If you’ve thought about getting help, don’t wait.
You may feel alone and different, but know that trauma affects millions of people. What you’re going through is probably very similar to what other trauma survivors have gone through. In fact, I’ve probably helped someone very similar to you. With support, encouragement, and guidance from an experienced and skilled therapist, you can learn to face your past so you can start living in the present. You can start to rebuild your self-esteem, feel safe again, and become close with children, partners, and other who care about you.
Do I Have PTSD?
Sometimes the trauma reaches a point where you constantly relive the experience(s). When this happens, it’s called Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD. PTSD is a type of reaction to trauma. It involves experiencing things that are life threatening, like being in a serious car accident, or seeing things that are terrifying, being assaulted, or seeing someone die. It could be something that wasn’t life threatening but made you feel completely helpless, like being physically, verbally, or sexually abused when you were a child or an adult. Sometime even being exposed to disturbing situations, like a nurses who works in an emergency room or doctors who deal with injured child, could bring about PTSD. Ultimately, going through these traumas can cause you to fall into a “survival mode.” You relive the trauma in you mind, you have nightmares about it, you feel fearful and afraid. You are constantly over-aroused and on edge.
But not all traumas lead to PTSD. Sometimes you experience things that are traumatic but don’t cause you to fall into that survival mode. Sometimes, the circumstances are traumatic, like a divorce, but not life-threatening or horrific. Still, these things are traumatic and can seriously affect you. I can evaluate you to determine if you have PTSD, but, whether you have PTSD or not, if a trauma is affecting you and you don’t know how to deal with, reach out to me.