Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) describes the symptoms and physiological response to witnessing or being involved in a terrifying, stressful, or distressing event. Sometimes these symptoms appear right after the event, sometimes they do not manifest themselves for years. This form of counseling helps you process what happened and manage the responses in order to move forward and grow.

What are the symptoms of PTSD?

While the symptoms of PTSD vary from person to person, they often include some variation of the following:
● Flashbacks to the event (feeling like you are reliving it)
● Nightmares and disturbed sleep
● Intrusive thoughts
● Aggressive behaviors (such as anger, irritability, tantrums)
● Feeling on edge, easily startled
● Feeling detached, withdrawn
● Repressing memories, avoiding reminders of the trauma
● Distress at any reminders
● Self-destructive behaviors
● Sweating, dizziness, pain
● Depression and/or anxiety
● Suicidal ideation

What causes PTSD?

The cause or source of PTSD varies from patient to patient. Some people have no PTSD symptoms after intense experiences, and vice versa. Each individual is different, and our counseling programs respond in kind.

Some situations more commonly lead to PTSD. They are:
● An accident or crash
● Assault: physical, sexual, emotional
● Seeing someone assaulted or killed
● Bereavement
● Abuse
● Experiencing war and violence
● Experiencing or witnessing a traumatic birth
● Surviving a natural disaster

How can Christian counseling help?

Christian counseling provides a safe space where you can discuss and understand what happened without reliving or adding to the trauma of the event. We will help you take note and explore the physical and mental reactions you have when reminded of the event, and, through cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) we will provide you with the tools to manage them for your everyday life.

“Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:29).

We understand that these stories are deeply personal and often painful or frightening, which is why we will work through the trauma at a pace that is comfortable and safe for you.

Addiction Counseling

Addiction can affect anyone, and once it does, it is important to have resources to get help. Our addiction counseling is an evidence-based treatment program that strengthens your ability to identify negative thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and develop appropriate responses. Discussing thoughts and feelings with a therapist who is there to support you will enhance your ability to communicate and manage stressors. Without the ability to cope with stressors, you are at risk of relapsing. Together, cognitive and dialectic behavioral therapy has proven to be immensely effective for addiction treatment. We will work with you to set up goals so you can feel good and are taking action on the necessary road toward recovery.

 

“The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light” (Romans 13:12).

 

Often, therapy works in tandem with medication management, inpatient or aftercare addiction programs, or holistic strategies to provide you with a wide scope of available coping strategies and support networks. We can recommend these to you to complement and enhance your treatment program.