Are Painful Memories
Causing You Distress?
Have you suffered through a traumatic experience and wonder if you will ever be able to shake painful memories and sensations? Do you struggle with a persistent negative emotional state and blame yourself for feeling detached, irritable and hyper-vigilant? Perhaps you’ve been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and feel unsure of where to turn for help. Maybe you feel as though talk therapy has helped you to a degree, but can’t shake the feeling that you are irrevocably broken in some way.
Both single-incident trauma and developmental trauma can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder. Whether you witnessed an event that shook your belief in your personal safety or experienced long-term, developmental neglect or abuse, you may struggle to feel at ease in your daily life. Despite years of talk therapy, you might still feel unable to negotiate life without becoming easily triggered, feeling detached or living in fear.
Have You Found That…
- You find it difficult to be intimate and vulnerable with those around you, which may lead to feelings of loneliness and isolation?
- You struggle to fall asleep at night or are plagued by nightmares?
- Anxiety and regret exhaust you, limiting your ability to engage in the present moment?
- You feel that tears or angry outbursts are always bubbling at the surface?
- You feel uncomfortable with strong emotions when they arise, leading you to push them down or feel helpless when they overflow?
- External stimuli, such as a loud noise or a sudden touch, can trigger painful memories and the physical sensations of the trauma?
If PTSD Is Hindering You, Don’t Give Up!
No matter how frustrated, alienated or resigned you may feel, at Cutting Edge Counseling we specialize in trauma treatment and can help you find relief. For over 25 years, we have used a highly effective combination of EMDR Therapy, Somatic Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy and Attachment Repair Therapy for PTSD treatment. These advanced techniques can help you release the pain and unrest caused by trauma so that you can live your life unhindered by the weight of the past.
PTSD Can Affect Every Part of Your Life
PTSD can feel impossible to escape. It can make it difficult to complete routine tasks, no matter how much you want to, which may lead you to feel utterly frustrated with yourself. After a trauma, the body’s fight, flight and freeze responses become dis-regulated. A physiological overwhelm can trigger panic in the mind and body, even if there is no real danger present.
Trauma can also make it incredibly difficult to connect with yourself and others. You may fear that if you sit alone with your thoughts, you will be dragged into a black hole of negative memories and sensations. When your interior life feels like a terrifying, uncharted territory, it is common to struggle with external relationships. Your feelings – whether love, hope, sadness or fear – may seem dangerous, and it can become almost impossible to access your emotions, share them with others, communicate your needs and open yourself up to a deep, vulnerable bond. Despite this complex experience of PTSD, it is possible to live with greater ease and form healthy relationships with yourself and others.
PTSD Treatment Can Help You Feel at Ease in Your Life and Relationships
PTSD therapy that combines EMDR Treatment, Somatic Experiencing, Mindfulness Therapy and Attachment Repair Therapy can help you find healing. Regardless of the cause and manifestation of your PTSD, you don’t have to feel anxious, defeated and isolated anymore. Your Cutting Edge Counseling trauma therapist can help you:
- Address the dis-regulation of your nervous system so you can let go of hypervigilance and respond to stimuli with greater calm.
- Feel less exhausted, overwhelmed and on-edge.
- Achieve more restful sleep and a higher level of function in your daily life.
- Allow emotions to arise in healthy ways, without the urge to repress them or erupt.
- Connect to yourself without fear of painful memories and thoughts.
- Clearly communicate your needs to your friends, family members and loved ones without shame or fear of rejection.
- Become better able to track your feelings, acknowledge when you need to slow down and connect in the present moment.
“I’ve heard that this kind of treatment for PTSD is experimental…”
EMDR Therapy, Somatic Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy and Attachment Repair Therapy are advanced, cutting-edge forms of trauma treatment that are highly effective for those struggling with PTSD. EMDR is grounded in neuroscience and is used by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to help those struggling with trauma stemming from war, sexual assault and more. In a recent study, therapists gave male and female war veterans 12 sessions of EMDR. At the end of the study, 77 percent of the veterans no longer displayed symptoms of PTSD.
Introduced in 1997, Somatic Experiencing has also been widely shown to be effective. In combination, EMDR, SE. Mindfulness Therapy and Attachment Repair Therapy are the most effective forms of PTSD treatment. And, if years of talk therapy have only brought you so far, it may be time to try a new approach.
“It’s too scary to feel my body. When I pay attention to my body, I feel sick and unable to breathe.”
Powerful body reactions are common PTSD symptoms. Our body remembers and holds trauma and expresses the distress through symptoms, such as shortness of breath, nausea, numbness in the extremities and an elevated heartbeat. To experience lasting relief, it is important to access the body and release the pent-up sensations causing you pain.
In trauma therapy sessions, we work slowly and are carefully attuned to your needs. When we do go to the body, our first order of business is to help you feel the good feelings in your body, no matter how subtle. While it can be uncomfortable at first, the body is hard-wired for healing. By releasing the painful memories and experiences that are held in the body, you can begin to live with greater ease and peace.
“I don’t want to dredge up all those bad memories.”
Our approach to PTSD treatment is very gentle. We do not begin by going to the heart of the trauma. Rather, we begin work by helping you to feel more grounded, regulated and able to find your calm and build confidence. Then, we can work with one small part of your trauma at a time, allowing you to move forward as you feel comfortable.
“There Are A Lot of Trauma Therapists in Town. Why Should I Choose You?”
Cutting Edge Counseling offers a unique, highly effective approach to treating trauma. We are set apart by:
- Over 25 years of experience. We have dedicated decades to refining our combination of EMDR Treatment, Somatic Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy and Attachment Repair Therapy.
- Our far-reaching skill set, which allows us to help people cope with a wide range of issues.
- Our personal experiences of trauma. Although every person is unique, we understand how painful and overwhelming trauma can be.
- Our open, nonjudgmental, humorous approach and our understanding of the ways in which sexism, classism, racism, homophobia and other biases can compound the pains of trauma.
The Bottom Line…
- Even if PTSD is making every day feel like a struggle, there is hope for a life with inner calm and peace.
- EMDR, Somatic Experiencing, Mindfulness Therapy and Attachment Repair Therapy go beyond the limits of talk therapy to help you access your full self, releasing the pent-up trauma held in the body.
- You can connect with yourself and others in more meaningful, fulfilling and supportive ways.
You can negotiate your life with greater ease and embrace a more optimistic future.
If you’re seeking PTSD therapy in the Los Angeles area, we invite you to call Stephanie at 310-339-5812 or Lee Ann at 310-980-8988 for a free 15-minute phone consultation to learn more about how we can help.