Trauma Counselor in Washington, DC Helps Trauma Survivors Recover from PTSD
Trauma Disrupts Your Life. Counseling Can Help You Move On
The Healing Process is a Journey We Take Together
Avoiding Painful Feelings Doesn’t Work
Trauma causes emotional pain and fear and disruption. It’s human to want to avoid difficult feelings when they arise in your daily life. Working with a trauma counselor can help. The difficult aftermath of trauma can show up as:
- unwanted thoughts, memories, flashbacks, troubling images,
- uncontrollable impulses,
- identity disturbance (unstable self image or sense of self),
- dark moods (e.g. suicidal thoughts & behaviors),
- depersonalization, derealization,
- and amnesia (e.g. inibility to recall the trauma as a whole).
Painful feelings can fill you with dread and you may go to great lengths to avoid them.
“No matter how much you cry, the tears will dry. No matter how many nightmares, flashbacks, visions, or terrors you endure, they will pass. To weather these in order to find your true self and the happiness you deserve, that is not a risk. To waste the time you have in this body, never showing your soul to yourself or anyone else, living in fearful misery – that is really the most dangerous thing you can do.”–Vironika Tugaleva, The Love Mindset
But the crazy and counter-intuitive thing is: the more you try to avoid your painful and troubling feelings, the more powerful and influential they become. Just the act of avoiding them robs you of the energy and vitality you need to deal with them. Trauma counseling can help. You don’t have to go it alone.
Befriend Your Feelings and Rediscover Your Life
As a therapist who deals with psychological trauma, I will help you learn how to treat your feelings in a nonjudgmental and compassionate manner. This may be the last thing you feel like doing. But the truth is, therapy can help you learn to move toward and through your feelings and reduce the hold they have over you.
“Mindfulness is a way of befriending ourselves and our experience.”–Jon Kabat-Zinn, Arriving at Your Own Door: 108 Lessons in Mindfulness
Trauma counseling, as the name implies, deals with trauma and its emotional and physical aftermath (PTSD, Dissociative Disorders, Mood Disorders, Anxiety, etc.). In my practice, I use therapy approaches that can help you move along the path to recovery:
Take the First Step. You don’t have to go it alone.
Counseling for emotional trauma is a process that will help you recover from the turmoil in a safe, therapeutic setting. The process frees you to attend to the very things you value: creating meaning and purpose in your life.