Have you wondered if you have PTSD?
You haven’t felt like yourself since it started happening. Now that you are “out” you don’t want to talk or think about it, and actually try really hard not to. But you can’t escape it, and when it creeps in - yikes! Just seeing something related to it makes your heart race. The world doesn’t feel like a safe place anymore. Somehow you stopped being happy, and started being anxious, angry, frustrated, and depressed instead. Now, the littlest thing can send you into a spiral.
The distance between yourself and everyone else in the world is wide these days. You feel like few people will believe you or care. And if they do, they won’t understand you or know what to say. Even in a room full of people who love you, you feel alone.
Lately you’ve been asking yourself – why didn’t I get out sooner? You’ve been blaming yourself for everything that went wrong in the relationship. You want to trust yourself again and feel happy, but you don’t know how you can get there. I can get you back on track.
I help people get clear about the impact of what happened to them. They learn how to overcome emotional, sexual, and physical abuse. People who work with me start to trust themselves again. They move towards a calmer, happier life. Together we figure out what has you stuck in what happened so you can move past it.
We start with a psychological evaluation so we can have a clear picture of how trauma has impacted you. It also helps us make sure we don’t miss anything else that might be going on for you and could be impacting how you are responding to what happened. This helps us make sure we get you on the right track for feeling better without missing any important pieces.
After your evaluation, you’ll likely want to start counseling or a coaching program. It is always your choice who you do that with and I want you to have a good match. One of the most important parts of effective therapy is your relationship with your counselor. I have a specific process I use which involves a combination of learning coping skills, preparing you to stop avoiding, figuring out the thoughts and actions that are keeping you stuck, learning how to challenge your own “stuckness,” connecting to others, making new meaning for yourself, and learning how to set good boundaries with others. I do it this way because without each piece many people either don’t feel strong enough to get unstuck or do not feel confident enough to get into a new, healthy relationship.
My office is in Meridian, Idaho and I meet with people throughout Idaho for interviews on video using a secure platform (doxy.me if you are interested); you might hear this called telehealth or teletherapy. Doxy.me requires no download on your end, you’ll just head to my link.
Click here to schedule a free 15-minute consult to find out how I can help you find answers and love your life again.
Photography taken and provided by Merissa Strawsine