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Trauma

There are three main types of trauma:

  • Acute trauma results from a single incident.
  • Chronic trauma is repeated and prolonged such as domestic violence or abuse.
  • Complex trauma is exposure to varied and multiple traumatic events, often of an invasive, interpersonal nature.

If I’ve had a trauma do I have PTSD? Not always, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder results when trauma is not addressed in someone who reacts to a traumatic event  or events with symptoms that don’t resolve on their own or in a short period of time. Disturbing thoughts and feelings about the event(s), avoidance of reminders of what happened, sudden increases in anxiety or sleep disturbance are just a few of the symptoms that could indicate PTSD. Trauma is what we focus on, not putting a label on you.

if I have PTSD does that mean I’m crazy? Absolutely not. It means that you deserve the very best of care to take the wound that was your trauma and turn it into just a scar, a memory, a part of your history.  Let us help with that.

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EMDR

EMDR is one approach Sharon uses in her work.

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) is one of the most well researched treatments in the mental health field. It involves bilateral stimulation, similar to that found in REM sleep. Bilateral stimulation often is what we think of in REM sleep, the eyes moving back and forth, but can also be achieved through tactile or audio means. This is carefully directed by Sharon when you and she determine that it is a good fit for you and your needs.

EMDR targets traumatic memories that are stored in the amygdala. The amygdala is part of the limbic system in the brain. The infographic below, from the Sovereign Health Group, helps explain what happens when traumatic memories are stored in the brain. They call it the “amydala hijack”. When traumatic memories are stored in the amygdala problems like anxiety disorders and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can result. Those may sound like things you will have to live with for the rest of your life. They don’t have to be.

EMDR helps release traumatic memories and helps your brain return to healthy functioning.  Let’s get you back to the you who enjoys life. Let us help you put down the baggage that keeps you from being the best you.

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Covid

In addition to covid procedures, we also want to help you talk about the pandemic and its effects on your life. Please let us know what your struggles are; we are walking this path alongside you.

SAFETY

To stay vigilant against covid, we are continuing to offer telehealth sessions and we provide sessions in our office, with CDC guidelines in place.


Social distancing continues, with masks as local and national recommendations indicate is safest.

When attending appointments in person, please remain in your car until your therapist asks you to enter the building in order to achieve optimal social distancing.

Hand washing stations are next door to the therapy office and hand sanitizer is inside the office.

Six feet of space or more is maintained within the office as seating is spaced well more than 6 feet apart. You will walk yourself in and out of your sessions to avoid being in a narrow hallway with others.

If you become ill with covid, are exposed, or travel to places that are considered high risk for contracting covid, virtual visits will be utilized until it is safe to return based on local and national medical recommendations.

We are fully vaccinated and boostered. If you are not vaccinated, we recommend wearing your mask for your safety.

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