Trauma & PTSD
Feeling angry, sad, or numb? Don't know how to cope with the thoughts and pictures in your head? Psychotherapy can help you move from victim to survivor.
Understanding your symptoms: The first step in healing is to recognize the often debilitating impact of the traumatic event on feelings, thoughts, relationships, behaviors, and attitudes. Many people are not aware that chronic traumas (such as on-going childhood sexual or physical abuse, neglect or domestic violence) can present differently from single event traumas (such as assault, natural disaster, or motor vehicle crashes) or grief. Symptoms can include nightmares and flashbacks, fearfulness, sleep problems, shame, angry outburst, and sweating and muscle tension. You may feel vulnerable, unsafe and out-of-control. Therapy will provide you with psychoeducaton to help you understand your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
Treatment: Receiving treatment that is based upon where you are in your personal recovery is imperative. Trauma-focused treatment, for example, can be more harmful than beneficial if implemented too soon. Rather than prematurely delving into details of the trauma, it will likely be necessary to learn coping skills to deal with the symptoms caused by the traumatic event. Such skills can include mood and anxiety management skills, setting limits and boundaries, and dealing with feelings of anger. Once these coping skills are established, then more trauma-focused treatment can ensue, if necessary.
Moving Forward: It’s important to transition from being a victim to a survivor. You can grow despite your experience with trauma. Therapy can help you explore aspects of living, post-trauma, including intimacy, sexuality, meaning and purpose, spirituality and, even, forgiveness.
Dr. Pedroche can be reached at 561-805-3600 or by clicking here.