Trauma Therapy
For Healing

We have all experienced upsetting or scary events, but when these events are so stressful and overwhelming that we can’t handle them, they can become trauma.  Traumatic experiences effect our sense of safety and security, often making us feel unsafe, confused, helpless, unsettled, or an emotional rollercoaster.  Psychological trauma can leave us struggling with labile emotions, upsetting memories, and anxiety that won’t go away.  We can feel numb, reactive, disconnected and unable to trust other people, even those we used to trust.  The world may no longer feel safe.

Have you suffered a significant loss?  Have you had a life-threatening experience?  Are you a survivor of sexual, physical, or emotional abuse?  Did you witness something terrible or horrifying happen to someone else?

I am here for you.  Trauma is an incredibly common human experience, and many people fail to recognize the effects of trauma in their lives.  If you or a loved one has experienced a traumatic life event, there is hope.  Contact me today to learn how I can help you heal from trauma and restore your sense of normalcy.

My hope is that as you read this article, you will learn what trauma looks like, how to cope with the after-effects, and where to find help.

What are the symptoms of trauma?

Flashbacks, or re-experiencing of trauma, happen when we are reminded (triggered) of the traumatic event.  We may begin to see, hear, smell, or feel similar things that were felt when the trauma occurred, making us feel like we are back in that situation.  Similarly, nightmares about the trauma can also begin to crop up long after it happened.  These can impact your quality of sleep and energy throughout the day.  You may begin to avoid similar situations or people that remind you of the trauma, and you may experience intense fear even thinking about what happened, and you might have difficulty relaxing or calming your body.  Over time, people who have experienced trauma can begin to feel hopeless, helpless, and lost.

Many of these symptoms are common shortly after the trauma is experienced, and some of them can resolve over time.  However, many trauma survivors continue to suffer the after-effects for months, even years, afterward.  Professionals describe those lasting symptoms as posttraumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.  With the right treatment and support, people who struggle with PTSD and other effects of trauma can find healing and normalcy – including you!

What causes trauma?

Trauma can happen in many different ways.  Some of the most common include:

  • near death experiences, such as car accidents
  • military combat or law enforcement experiences
  • serious medical issues (i.e. heart attack)
  • surviving violence or rape
  • Or, witnessing one of these things happening to someone else

Additionally, people can be traumatized by the loss of relationships (i.e. death or divorce), infidelity or betrayal, victimization, and discrimination or bias.  And sometimes, people continue to live in traumatizing environments, such as abusive relationships, and so there is never a chance for healing to start.

If you or a loved one has experienced some form of trauma, let me help.  I provide specialized treatment for trauma survivors using trauma-informed interventions tailored to your needs.  Contact me today to learn more about how I can help get your life back on track.  Read on to learn how to cope with trauma and find the help you need!

How can I cope with trauma?

The pain of trauma can lead to incredibly difficult psychological, emotional, and physical symptoms.  Although the first line of treatment for trauma is therapy, there are ways that people can cope with the symptoms on their own.  Many of these involve practicing good self-care and self-compassion by:

  1. Being physically active for 15 minutes each day
  2. Avoiding use of drugs or alcohol in an attempt to numb the pain or “try to forget”
  3. Using a journal and writing down one’s thoughts and feelings
  4. Being creative and expressing your feelings through art
  5. Meditating or finding time to have peaceful solitude
  6. Considering whether or not your self-talk is loving and positive
  7. Spending time with friends and loved ones

Each of these practices can help you reconnect with yourself and others in a way that reduces stress and maximizes your capacity to handle the difficulties of surviving trauma.  However, the most severe and lasting issues caused by trauma often require professional help through therapy.

How can therapy for trauma help?

Therapy for trauma helps people understand the root of the problem, process the stress of traumatic events, and move forward with life.  Much of trauma therapy involves talking about what happened from the point-of-view of the present (as an adult or survivor), re-storying and re-framing, and reducing emotional reactivity to triggers.  You won’t forget what happened, but together, we can change the way you think and feel about it.  Trauma tends to take away our sense of control, making us feel powerless and helpless.  As you engage in therapy for trauma, you will learn how to regain your sense of self and autonomy.  Over time, you will notice that the traumatic symptoms begin to fade as you emerge stronger than you were before.

As a counselor who practices talk therapy as well as expressive arts therapy and body-based techniques, my approach to treatment is uniquely tailored to you.  Much of treatment for trauma looks like traditional talk therapy, where we meet one-on-one in a safe, confidential office where we have open and authentic conversation.  Additionally, I offer expressive arts therapy and body-based techniques to help you work through thoughts and feelings that may be beyond words.

Interested? Let’s Connect!

My name is Cathy Lebeaux, MA, MS, LPC, BC-DMT, and I am here for you!

I am a private practice counselor who provides Women’s Therapy and other forms of psychotherapy for clients from all over the Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina region.  I care deeply about my clients – and I really enjoy meeting new ones!  If you are interested in learning more about my services and how I can help, I would love to hear from you.  To send me a message, just follow this link!

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Want to learn more about my other services and what I specialize in (such as treatment for anxiety)?  Check out the articles above to learn more and get a sense for how I can be of assistance.  You should also check out my blog, where I have lots of commentary on current events and advice for how you can take care of yourself, or check out the most recent mental health news in my resources collection.

To learn more about how I can help, Contact Me today! 603-852-2009

222 W Coleman Blvd
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

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