Trauma and PTSD

Common Challenges
Individuals grappling with psychological trauma or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) often face a myriad of challenges that impact their daily lives. Flashbacks and intrusive memories can disrupt normal functioning, leading to heightened anxiety and emotional distress. Sleep disturbances, hypervigilance, and avoidance behaviors may further hinder their ability to maintain relationships and engage in routine activities. Coping with the aftermath of trauma requires considerable resilience, patience, and therapeutic support to navigate the complex interplay of emotions and regain a sense of control over one’s mental well-being.
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TREATMENT METHODS AND APPROACHES

How we address Trauma and PTSD?

The primary treatment is psychotherapy, but can also include medication. Combining these treatments can help improve your symptoms by:

  • Teaching you skills to address your symptoms
  • Helping you think better about yourself, others and the world
  • Learning ways to cope if any symptoms arise again
  • Treating other problems often related to traumatic experiences, such as depression, anxiety, or misuse of alcohol or drugs
Utilizing evidence-based therapies such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), we tailor interventions to address the unique needs of each client. We emphasize a culturally competent and inclusive environment, fostering trust and open communication. Our therapists are trained to recognize the intersectionality of trauma, acknowledging how factors such as race, gender, and sexuality contribute to individual experiences. Through collaborative and empowering strategies, we work towards healing and resilience, supporting clients on their journey to reclaiming their mental well-being. You don’t have to try to handle the burden of trauma and PTSD on your own!

Our Therapists Who Specialize in Treating Trauma and PTSD

Therapist Eunwoo Lee

Eunwoo Lee

Eunwoo is a Korean-English bilingual therapist. She uses CBT, motivational interviewing, relaxation techniques, and crisis intervention depending on the client’s needs and goals.
Therapist Alyssa Gallo

Alyssa Gallo

Alyssa Gallo is a Mental Health Counselor in the state of New York. She has completed postgraduate training on Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) and Habit Reversal Training (HRT) from the CBT School and Cognitive Behaviour Institute. Alyssa enjoys a holistic approach and holds the belief that the mind and body both play a role in determining our overall wellness.
Therapist Erika Shin

Erika Shin

Erika holds a MA degree in Art therapy and is trained in psychoanalytic approach. She’s a Korean and English bilingual specialist. Erika adapts her methods to suit each individual’s unique needs, employing a flexible and personalized approach.

"I want to remind everyone that it's important to reach out to somebody in your life that you can trust, and to know that your pain is important enough to be helped because we all need each other."

SELF HELP

Why it's difficult to overcome trauma and PTSD on your own

Many people might feel like they are doing a good job dealing with their struggles on their own until they’re faced with triggering topics or situations. The very nature of trauma often involves a rupture in one’s sense of safety and trust, hindering the development of self-help strategies. Revisiting traumatic memories or confronting associated emotions without proper guidance may inadvertently intensify distress, potentially retraumatizing the individual. Trained therapists provide a structured and safe space for individuals to explore and process these challenging experiences at a pace that fosters healing rather than re-injury.

Some individuals struggle with the perceived stigma associated with acknowledging a need for professional help. Others may rightfully worry about reliving traumatic experiences during psychotherapy sessions; however, they may forget or not be aware that the sessions are designed to provide a controlled and supportive environment, ensuring that traumatic memories do not flood overwhelming the individual like it happens when the issues aren’t addressed.

Just take a look at the common struggles of people with trauma and PTSD, does it look like something that one person can handle on their own?
  • Intrusive memories: flashbacks, nightmares, and intrusive thoughts related to the traumatic event
  • Avoidance behaviors: people with PTSD may actively avoid reminders of the trauma, leading to social withdrawal, isolation
  • Hyperarousal: experiences heightened anxiety, irritability, difficulty concentrating, and exaggerated startle responses
  • Emotional numbness: some individuals may struggle with emotional detachment, feeling numb or disconnected from their own emotions and the world around them
  • Sleep disturbances: disrupted normal sleep patterns, leads to insomnia, nightmares, or restless sleep, which can contribute to fatigue and overall impairment
  • Mood swings: fluctuations in mood, from intense anger and irritability to periods of sadness or despair
  • Difficulty trusting others: that leads to challenges in forming or maintaining relationships
  • Guilt and shame: survivors of trauma may grapple with feelings of guilt or shame, often blaming themselves for the traumatic event or struggling with a sense of worthlessness.
  • Physical health issues: chronic stress and the impact of trauma on the nervous system can contribute to physical health problems such as headaches, gastrointestinal issues, and chronic pain.

Ask for help today!

It’s important to note that the effects of trauma are highly individual, and people may experience a combination of these challenges to varying degrees. Seeking professional help and support from loved ones can be essential in addressing and overcoming these difficulties.

Another obstacle to self-help in trauma recovery lies in the intricate interplay between cognitive and emotional processes. Professional therapeutic interventions, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), offer evidence-based techniques that are challenging to replicate independently. The guidance of a skilled therapist ensures the application of these methods is tailored to an individual’s unique needs and progress.

Ultimately, the isolation that often accompanies trauma can exacerbate feelings of helplessness. Seeking support from mental health professionals, support groups, or loved ones is crucial in building a foundation for healing. The collaborative approach of trained therapists provides:

  • necessary scaffold
  • offering insights
  • coping mechanisms, and a 
  • compassionate presence that significantly enhances the likelihood of overcoming trauma and reclaiming one’s well-being.

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