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PTSD & Complex Trauma

From the depths of adversity, may you find the strength to rise, the courage to heal, and the wisdom to transform your pain into power.

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Understanding Posttraumatic Stress and Complex Trauma

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Complex Trauma are conditions that arise in response to experiencing or witnessing traumatic events. While PTSD typically results from a single traumatic incident, Complex Trauma stems from prolonged exposure to multiple traumatic experiences, often in childhood or over an extended period. Both conditions can have significant impacts on mental, emotional, and physical well-being, affecting individuals' ability to function in various aspects of their lives.

Symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress and Complex Trauma

Common symptoms of PTSD and Complex Trauma may include:

  • Intrusive memories, flashbacks, or nightmares related to the traumatic events.

  • Avoidance of reminders or triggers associated with the trauma.

  • Hyperarousal, such as hypervigilance, irritability, or exaggerated startle response.

  • Negative changes in mood or cognition, including feelings of guilt, shame, or persistent negative beliefs about oneself or the world.

  • Difficulty regulating emotions, leading to mood swings, emotional numbness, or self-destructive behaviors.

Individuals with Complex Trauma may also experience challenges in forming and maintaining healthy relationships, as well as disruptions in their sense of identity and self-esteem.

Individual Therapy Options

Therapy offers a vital avenue for individuals to address and manage symptoms of PTSD and Complex Trauma effectively. As a therapist specializing in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and utilizing somatic techniques, Dr. Schroder provides personalized treatment options tailored to meet the unique needs of each client.

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)

CPT is an evidence-based therapy approach that focuses on helping individuals understand and challenge unhelpful beliefs and thoughts related to their traumatic experiences. Through structured sessions, clients learn to identify and reframe distorted thinking patterns, paving the way for emotional healing and recovery.

Somatic Techniques

Incorporating somatic techniques into therapy emphasizes the mind-body connection and supports individuals in recognizing and regulating physical sensations associated with trauma triggers. By integrating practices such as mindfulness, breathwork, and body awareness exercises, clients develop greater awareness of their bodily responses and acquire tools to manage stress, anxiety, and physiological arousal.

If you're struggling with symptoms of PTSD or Complex Trauma, we invite you to explore therapy options that prioritize your unique needs and support your journey toward healing and recovery. Together, we can work towards fostering a greater sense of resilience, empowerment, and well-being.

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