Do you suffer with disturbing memories that come at unwelcome times?
Are you more alert, or experience a heightened awareness of things and people around you?
Do you suffer with anxiety or depression and find traditional talk therapy hasn’t been as helpful as you’d hoped?
Do you experience panic?
Have you witnessed violence or pain of others that stays with you?
Trauma is not limited to violence. We experience traumas throughout our lives whether it be through emotional abuse or neglect, negative beliefs about yourself imposed by others, experiencing loss, being told we aren’t good enough, living in a chaotic home, seeking help and having a negative experience. We also experience trauma by witnessing trauma of others.
Addressing your trauma through therapy is an emotionally challenging process and one that can provide great relief. It is extremely important for you to feel comfortable with your therapist before you begin trauma therapy.
Using trauma-informed care, your therapist will walk with you through your entire process at a pace that is comfortable for you, as you are ready. You and your therapist will decide, together, what approach to trauma therapy is best for you and we will provide you with education along the way.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy one of the approaches to trauma therapy that we use at Denver Metro Counseling. It is an integrative therapy approach that has been proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR offers relief by reducing and removing the emotional charge associated with trauma. The traumatic experience becomes part of our narrative, rather than controlling your life.
There are many approaches to treating trauma and we have found this to be incredibly effective in reducing symptoms of trauma as well as anxiety, depression, impulsivity, low self-esteem, emotion regulation, grief and feeling stuck.
Your first session with your trauma therapist will last 90-minutes. During this first session we will ask you general questions about your family history, relationship history, mental health history, alcohol and drug use, prior therapy treatments and other relative information about your social, racial, religious/spiritual, sexual identities.
Sessions following will range from 50- to 90-minute sessions depending on your needs and your treatment goals. You will decide this with your therapist, often on a session-to-session basis. During these sessions, you will share more of your story and will learn specific techniques to help you manage your emotions and reactions to your experiences along the way.
Our therapists work to recognize and understand how traumatic experiences can impact one’s mental, behavioral, emotional and physical well-being.
We offer skills and strategies to assist you in better understanding, coping with, processing emotions and memories tied to traumatic experiences, with the goal of enabling you to create a healthier, more peaceful way of living.
As noted above, trauma therapy can be very emotionally tolling and you may decide that you are not ready or no longer want to process your trauma.
We will support you in this, we just ask that you talk with your therapist about how to best move forward so that you are not left with unresolved trauma that can result in heightened emotional instability.
We want you to feel safe and will not push you further than you want to go. It is also our priority to make sure that you are able to manage emotions that come up with trauma therapy.
No, you do not. There are many therapy approaches that are trauma-informed that our clinicians use to help you process your trauma.
At the end of the first meeting you and your therapist will know your therapy goals and establish a method to achieve them.
Ongoing sessions are 50-minutes and vary in cost based on clinician and certifications. During these sessions, you will share more of your story and learn tools along the way to help manage your trauma symptoms and learn to thrive again.
Should you choose to work with one of our therapists, you will schedule an initial 90-minute intake appointment.
During this first session, we want to get to know more about you and how your trauma is affecting your journey. We are careful not to make this too overwhelming and won’t get into anything too deep this first meeting.
We will help you decide who might be the best fit for your trauma counseling or EMDR needs and schedule a consultation between you and one of our therapists.
Therapists are matched based on a variety of factors to ensure that you receive the most effective care possible and that you feel comfortable working with the therapist for your specific and unique needs.
Schedule a complimentary 20-minute consult to discuss your concerns with a specialized trauma-informed therapist. She will walk you through the process of getting onboarded and scheduling your first appointment.