If you have experienced loss or trauma in your life, I strive to provide a safe environment for you to process feelings.
Anyone who has ever experienced a challenging life event knows how scary it can be to talk to someone about it. Healing from these experiences is a process. If you are reading this, then you are already taking one of the most challenging steps in that process: reaching out.
Whether you have experienced a shock trauma such as a car accident or natural disaster, or have experienced early childhood trauma such as neglect, emotional, physical, or sexual abuse, I can help you.
Feeling trapped in overdrive – on edge, irritable, ready to snap?
Do you experience poor concentration or confusion, or feel easily overwhelmed?
Do you suffer from trauma related scars, nightmares, or flashbacks?
Do you avoid situations or reminders of the traumatic event?
Are you suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, or depression?
You should know you are not alone.
A study published in the Journal of Traumatic Stress revealed that post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is perhaps more common than you think. Just over eight percent of people in our community will experience PTSD in their lifetimes, 4.7% within the past year, and 3.8% in the past six month period. When we include those who also suffer following significant trauma but don’t fit typical PTSD criteria, the statistics become as worrying as they are staggering.
This means that millions of Americans continue to suffer from the devastating after effects of traumatic experience.
Trauma can alter how the brain functions, and its signs and symptoms can vary from finding it difficult to trust and being constantly on guard, to sudden panic and intrusive, anxiety-ridden thoughts. Trauma, without question, can significantly lessen your quality of life.
And while the signs and symptoms can feel complex and at times overwhelming, feeling better is more than possible.
In fact, with trauma therapy we expect you will begin feeling better as we implement our compassionate and client-focused evidence-based techniques and strategies together.
I’ve helped countless people to gain positive ground over their traumatic experiences in a safe, supportive environment. I offer a variety of therapeutic approaches to best support you and work with you as an equal collaborator in your treatment and healing.
So if these sound like you…
– I struggle with anxiety or depression
– I relive traumatic events with accompanying unwanted memories, vivid images, and physical signs like sweating, palpitations, and panic attacks
– I am hyper vigilant or easily frightened
– I feel edgy or irritable often
– I feel like the joy, love, and other positive emotions have been sucked from my life
– I’d like professional help to better understand and cope with previous trauma
– I want to live an easier, happier, more connected life
…then trauma therapy may offer the ideal therapeutic approach for you.
Trauma therapy combines different approaches and techniques to help lessen, even eliminate, the painful mental and physical responses raised by the memory of traumatic events, and seeks to create new healthier patterns in your brain. At Karen Furey Counseling in Austin, Texas, my approach is person-centered; I will always see you as a unique individual and will focus on your needs with compassionate and distinctive care. Using aspects of mindfulness and EMDR, my goal is to provide you with a safe space to talk and develop effective ways to move forward. Please see the section on EMDR Therapy for more information on EMDR as a most effective modality for healing from trauma.
In trauma therapy we work with you toward lessening, even extinguishing the pain. It’s our goal to identify the source and triggers for your emotional and physical suffering. We will work to discuss ways to deal with unhelpful and unhealthy thoughts and behaviors and to teach you techniques to manage distress and enable you to move forward. If you would like me to show you how to take your next steps down the road of recovery, please contact me today for an appointment.