“I feel trapped in overdrive. I’m on edge, irritable, and ready to snap.”
“I can’t concentrate and am confused. Also, I feel very overwhelmed.”
“Sometimes, I have nightmares and flashbacks of the trauma I experienced.”
“Often, I avoid situations or reminders of the traumatic event.”
“I might be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, or depression.
…These thoughts are indications that you may benefit from trauma therapy.
Trauma is a Normal Reaction to a Distressing Event or Events
There are many different kinds of traumatic events. Some examples of distressing events could be a divorce, losing a job, dealing with the death of a loved one, surviving a car accident, military combat, a natural disaster, heart attack, severe illness, or being assaulted.
Trauma is a unique experience. While two people can go through the same event, they may respond differently and they could experience different symptoms. Additionally, after surviving or witnessing a severely traumatic or life-threatening event, some survivors develop symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
We are proud to say that all of our therapists are trauma-informed. Simply put, this means that all of our therapists consider the impact of trauma throughout treatment. We also have two therapists who have taken advanced training in the newest and scientifically recognized trauma treatment methods. These therapists have the additional Certified Clinical Trauma Professionals (CCTP) credentials.
PTSD and Other Trauma-Related Diagnosis Counseling
Counseling clients with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other Trauma Related Diagnoses is a specialized type of counseling. The specialized counseling is due to the sensitive nature of the topics discussed and the level of distress the client feels. Our therapists will partner with you in designing a treatment plan unique to your needs. What sets trauma-related diagnosis counseling treatment apart from other therapy is the need for more structure. Therapists treating clients with such disorders as PTSD take great care to avoid re-traumatizing by processing too fast and also assist you in building your ‘toolbox’ of skills to use when you get to the processing phase of treatment. This counseling also includes a lot of psychoeducation, where you will learn what is happening in your brain and body. Be prepared for a lot of handouts/worksheets!
Common PTSD Symptoms
- Intrusive thoughts including memories of the event, nightmares, and flashbacks
- Memory loss or trouble concentrating
- Avoiding people, places, or things that remind you of the traumatic event
- Hyperarousal: trouble sleeping or being quick to startle or anger
- Mood changes: depression, anxiety, feeling emotionally numb, lack of interest in things you used to enjoy
- Behavioral changes, including self-destructive behavior, aggression, hostility, and substance abuse.
If you have experienced any of these symptoms after surviving a traumatic event, you may have PTSD. Seeing a therapist trained in trauma treatment can help you heal.
What to Expect in Trauma Therapy
The expert trauma therapists at the Counseling Center at Cinco Ranch want to help you find joy and peace in your life again. We understand that no two trauma survivors experience PTSD in the same way. So, we tailor our treatment plan to meet your unique needs.
Our first objective in therapy is to create an environment where you can feel safe. Therefore, we place great value on building a relationship with you so you can feel comfortable. After that, you will work with your therapist to create a treatment plan. Together you will identify the triggers that cause you to feel anxious or panic. Then, you will learn coping skills to deal with the symptoms you are having and how they affect your life.
Some of the approaches that your trauma therapist may use to treat the trauma symptoms include:
- EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy)
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Narrative Exposure Therapy
- Exposure Therapy
- Systematic Desensitization
Sexual Abuse and Assault Counseling
Sexual abuse and assault are sensitive topics to discuss for every client. Our therapists’ number one goal when working with survivors of sexual abuse or assault is that they feel comfortable and safe with the therapist. After establishing safety and trust, the therapist will help you regain your power, reduce shame and minimize distressing symptoms such as panic attacks or flashbacks.
Military and First Responder Trauma
It is an honor for us at the Counseling Center at Cinco Ranch to help those who have served our country and our community! Military and first responder trauma counseling is specialized counseling where the therapist and client work together to reduce survivor guilt, shame, loss of purpose after leaving the service, depression, anxiety, and so much more. Each veteran and first responder presents a unique set of needs; thus, the treatment plan is individualized from the first session.
Begin Trauma Therapy in Katy, TX
If you are ready to find healing after surviving or witnessing a traumatic event, we can help. Our therapists are available to being trauma treatment and help you regain peace in your life. To begin PTSD counseling in the Houston, TX area, please follow these steps:
- Contact our counseling clinic to set up an appointment.
- Meet with a compassionate trauma therapist or Certified Clinical Trauma Professional.
- Begin PTSD therapy and find peace and healing!
Other Services Offered at The Counseling Center at Cinco Ranch:
Our behavioral health clinic in Katy, TX offers a variety of mental health services to clients of all ages. Ultimately, our goal is to help you stand strong in your life. Our therapy services include individual counseling, therapy for anxiety, counseling for depression, family therapy, child therapy, counseling for young adults, teen therapy, trauma treatment, counseling for couples, women, men, and group counseling. Contact our therapy office to learn more about the many ways we can help you live your life to the fullest.