Trauma Therapy in Wilmington
At Evolution Wellness in Wilmington, we offer trauma therapy to help you process your pain and move forward with your life. We know that confronting trauma and vocalizing difficult feelings isn’t easy, but we also know that you’ll feel better once you do.
We can help equip you with strategies for managing your trauma symptoms, processing your pain, and improving your sense of self-esteem and safety.
Take on Your Trauma
Our counselors make it their mission to do everything they can to help you through your pain. If you’re struggling to overcome trauma or dealing with other negative symptoms related to a traumatic experience in your past, we can help you heal and move forward to lead a happier and more fulfilling life.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a trauma and stress-related anxiety disorder that may develop after exposure to a difficult, dangerous, or troubling event. People who are likely to suffer from the disorder include members of the military, rescue workers, and survivors of shootings, bombings, violence, and sexual assault. However, anyone can develop PTSD after a traumatizing event.
Trauma looks different to each individual, and it is possible to experience PTSD after more “everyday” experiences like partner betrayal, car accidents, significant loss, natural disasters, and other incidents. Even friends and family of people with PTSD can develop the disorder after witnessing their loved one’s pain.
When symptoms develop immediately after exposure and persist for up to a month, the condition may be called acute stress disorder. PTSD is diagnosed when the stress symptoms following exposure have persisted for over a month. Delayed expression of PTSD can occur if symptoms arise six months or more following the onset of trauma.
Why do Some People Develop
PTSD & Others Don’t?
PTSD is caused by a complex mix of stressful experiences (including the amount and severity of trauma you’ve gone through in your life), inherited mental health risks (such as a family history of anxiety and depression), inherited features of your personality (often called your temperament), and the way your brain regulates the chemicals and hormones released by your body in response to stress.
Long story short, it’s really hard to say why some people have this experience while others seem to quickly recover from stressful situations. The important thing is recognizing your own response to trauma and responding appropriately.
Symptoms of PTSD
You will have a unique experience with PTSD and every person has different symptoms, but some of the most common ones include:
- Having intrusive thoughts and memories about the traumatic event. You may be grocery shopping and suddenly you find yourself obsessing about the traumatic event in a way that makes it difficult to control your thoughts.
- Reliving the event. You may feel like the event is happening again or imagine the event over and over. This may happen due to a specific trigger or with no apparent cause.
- Frequent nightmares. These nightmares could be about the traumatic event itself or about an entirely different subject.
- Often feeling an escalated sense of fear and anxiety, especially about a potential lack of safety and security. You may find yourself checking and rechecking locks, driving extremely slowly, sitting in a certain position in a restaurant, planning escape routes, and other similar behaviors.
- Emotional numbness and avoiding places, people, and activities that remind you of the trauma.
Treatment for Trauma & PTSD
How can you turn your trauma into your power? What would it feel like to stand in your power and fully feel it and allow it to heal you? Are you ready to stop allowing traumatic events to trigger you over and over? You can ground yourself with a safety net that has been waiting to support you – and our team can help you create that safety net. You can breathe fully and feel expansive and brave rather than constricted with fear. At Evolution Wellness, we want to help you transform.
We may use several different treatment approaches to help people overcome trauma and PTSD, including:
- Cognitive Processing Therapy
- Prolonged Exposure Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
EMDR Trauma Therapy
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, or EDMR, is a form of psychotherapy that helps people heal from PTSD and other trauma-related disorders. EDMR is an eight-phase treatment that utilizes the power of rapid eye movement to significantly accelerate patients’ intellectual and emotional processing of past trauma. The coolest thing about EMDR is how quickly you start to feel better.
Traditional therapy approaches for trauma can take months or even years to effect change. Clients who use EMDR often feel better within as few as three sessions. If you’re asking yourself, “What does eye movement have to do with anything?” You’re not alone. The process may feel a little strange at first, but we know the results are well worth feeling a little silly or weird during EMDR treatment.
Together We Can Tackle What’s Holding You Back
We know this can be hard. It’s possible that you’ve been debating seeking help for months, if not years. We are so glad you found us and have taken the courageous first step to learn more about counseling.
We are confident that, by working together, we can equip you with the tools you need to face and overcome all of the challenges in your life. Whether you’re struggling with anxiety, marital problems, substance abuse, or depression, it is important that you know you don’t have to be alone in this journey. Let’s do this together.
Reach out to Evolution Wellness in Wilmington, NC to get started today.