Have you noticed nightmares or difficulty sleeping? Maybe you have noticed that you feel numb and distant from the things that once brought you joy and maybe even disconnected from your body at times of stress. Do you notice difficulty with memory and concentration that is not consistent with your baseline? Our trauma therapists are here for you.
If you are struggling with one or more of the experiences listed above, you may be experiencing symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or another trauma-related disorder.
Many people in NYC wonder “what counts as trauma?” Trauma refers to a deeply distressing or disturbing event and can include things such as exposure to death, serious injury, or sexual violence.
Other examples may include prolonged exposure to something aversive, such as the experiences of first responders or vicariously experiencing death or other loss through those close to you.
Physical, emotional, and sexual abuse are also examples of trauma. The word “trauma” is vague and for that reason, it can include a spectrum of experiences and our psychological responses to them.
Trauma is a common experience.
Oftentimes we feel very isolated in our traumatic experience when in reality, trauma occurs quite frequently. Some statistics report that up to 70% of people have experienced one or more traumatic events in their lifetime and it is estimated that around 6% of individuals will struggle with PTSD at some point during their lifespan.
Experiencing a traumatic event often prompts feelings of sadness, fear, shame, and anger.
Those feelings can be difficult to talk about and can lead us to feel alone, or that we must keep our experiences a secret. However, it is important to note that PTSD and other trauma related disorders are treatable and that learning to talk about your experience can be a critical part of overcoming it.
MindWell NYC clinicians can provide you with the knowledge to better understand your experience and the tools to cope with it more effectively.
Treatment for trauma can help you heal and move forward with life.
You and your MindWell NYC therapist will come up with a goal-oriented plan based on your past experiences, current symptoms, and future goals. Part of this work will also focus on what you are already doing well to cope with your distress.
For example, maybe you know that running in the park helps you to feel less tense.
Using that tool, combined with new skills you will learn in therapy, we can help move you towards a future that includes less worry and more freedom.
During your sessions, we will collaboratively help you start to identify ways in which your traumatic experiences have impacted your thoughts, behaviors, and feelings. Next, we identify what has gotten in the way of moving forward and start to work towards removing those roadblocks.
Given that symptoms related to a traumatic experience are often maintained by avoiding any thoughts, places, or people that prompt those symptoms, we will start to build readiness in approaching those things safely so that you can feel increased safety and less fear.
We will help you develop effective coping skills to manage distress that can be associated with doing scary or hard things to help you feel capable and independent.
Using evidence-based treatment methods in a supportive and caring environment, we may also, over time, help you to expose yourself to memories and feelings that might be hard for you right now.
This process is a collaborative effort and is engaged in thoughtfully after you have learned strategies to relax your body and to manage traumatic responses more effectively. We will help you celebrate your successes along the way by highlighting the progress that you have made and by celebrating the skills you are starting to incorporate into your daily routine.
We understand the challenges that trauma can bring as well as how brave it is to come to therapy. We are here to help you connect with an evidence-based therapy plan that works for you and that can break you out of the exhausting cycle of memories, feelings, and behaviors you have been experiencing.
You can learn more adaptable ways of being, have new experiences, and begin to relate to yourself with more kindness and compassion.
Many people have questions about what treatment for trauma will be like.
Will you make me do something I don’t want to do?
This is a common question from those seeking help for their trauma. It is important for you to know that everything we do in treatment is a collaboration between you and your therapist and we want you to feel safe even if you feel anxious. It is typical to gradually build up tolerance for difficult situations over time.
We start by learning how to manage challenges that are the least anxiety-provoking. Over time, we teach you new skills and techniques, including breathing and relaxation methods, which can help you manage more difficult challenges.
Your therapy plan is based on your goals and what you would like to get out of the work you are doing.
Can I take my medication while I am in therapy?
This is another commonly asked question for individuals who are considering participating in therapy for trauma-related disorders. We will work with you and your prescriber to determine the plan that we believe will help you to be most successful in managing your symptoms. It is your choice as to whether you would like to stay on medication while in anxiety therapy.
How long will it take me to feel less anxious?
It makes sense that you are trying to get a sense of timing and how long it will take you to feel better. People tend to feel better after several weeks of therapy, although the treatment itself can take several months. As your therapist, we will guide and help you to take small steps that will help to decrease your anxiety over time.
You can feel less burdened, and more joyful again.
Many people seeking treatment for traumatic experiences believe that they will experience painful thoughts and emotions related to their trauma for their entire life.
While it is true that when we experience times of stress and vulnerability, prior symptoms may wax and wane, MindWell NYC offers effective treatments to greatly reduce the impact trauma has on your life. Traumatic experiences can be a part of your life without being your whole life.
The qualified providers at MindWell NYC are dedicated to your healing. We understand how brave it is to seek therapy for PTSD and other trauma-related disorders and will assist you in reaching your goals using the latest and most researched treatment interventions available.
If you are ready to get started please contact us for a free 15 minute phone consultation today by calling 646-809-5440 or clicking below. We look forward to welcoming you soon at MindWell NYC.