Can you provide therapy for trauma?
Traumatic experiences can create coping responses in hurting people that may seem unusual or extreme. Traumatized people carry trauma almost as if it is frozen in time. Trauma left untreated can devastatingly impact the entire life of a person who has experienced it. It plays a part in their everyday life, coloring how they perceive the world, as well as in how they assess danger or threat. Yet, they are often amazingly resilient, strong, creative. They've learned countless ways to just survive one day to the next.
We deeply value your resilience, and the ways you have managed to survive trauma. In fact, the human being is amazingly equipped both mentally and physically in ways of "fight, flight, or freeze", to cope with what is perceived as threat. These are actually ways the human being over the eons was able to ensure survival of the species, so these responses actually contain an evolutionary component. In some ways it can be hyperarousal, hypervigilance, physical readiness for defense. In other ways, it can be by what we often think of as "numbing out" or "checking out", which clinically can be a form of dissociation.
We often find that traumatized individuals, including young children, frequently blame themselves for trauma they experienced that was in no way their fault and they may not have been able to prevent.
We have completed a rewarding practicum at a nationally-recognized treatment center focusing almost exclusively on trauma, as well as provided adults, children's & adolescents' trauma therapy with their families, completed formal training, as well as mandatory doctoral-level, trauma-specific consultation in the areas of children's and adult trauma and PTSD. We are also qualified to provide all of these proven trauma therapies remotely, including EMDR. We are accepted as a member of the International Association of Trauma Professionals, as well as of the most respected EMDR organization in the world, EMDRIA. It is a privilege to be a volunteer member of Trauma Recovery Network, a humanitarian assistance program providing EMDR.
We are as well a Certified Grief Counseling Specialist, which can be very helpful with issues surrounding trauma.
In addition, we are honored to have earned a formal specialization in trauma from the Arkansas State Board of Examiners in Counseling & Marriage & Family Therapy.
I'm concerned that trauma therapy will be very expensive. Is this really going to make a difference?
When we truly understand and appreciate just how catastrophic and deeply invasive the effects of trauma are, it becomes all too easy to see what the real cost is, and it is far beyond economic. Living untreated with trauma not only costs you, but it costs your children, family and friends, your career, your community. It's the gift that keeps on giving....it can result in legal charges from behaviors surrounding trauma, can destroy marriages, parenting, peace, dignity, hope, result in substance abuse, violent behavior, depression, suicide. It alarmingly trickles into the next generation of your family, and on and on. It is a devastatingly steep price to pay.
Living with untreated trauma costs you and everyone around you. We passionately believe that whatever the cost of professionally treating trauma, it is still exponentially less than the devastating cost of living with it untreated. Can you truly afford not to seek trauma therapy?
Can you offer intensives in trauma therapy?
In most cases, we can. Trauma intensives are flexible, and can often be offered for one reasonable, all-inclusive fee. We do a thorough assessment first, then the treatment plan is personalized to your individual needs. A trauma intensive can shorten your time in trauma therapy, and the research is showing that trauma intensives can be very effective and well tolerated by most individuals.
Is the pain of trauma forever?
It doesn't have to be! Everyday, there are wonderful stories of how people are healing, reprocessing their agonizing traumatic memories into ways they can live with and that no longer rule their lives.
Trauma and PTSD require far more than traditional talk therapy, and ethically demand both specialized and competent training and treatment. Trauma literally changes the brain. Trauma is stored somatically (in the body), and this is why traditional "talk therapy" can't quite reach real trauma effectively. One of the most common misconceptions about trauma is that simply talking through it can resolve it. This is not entirely accurate.
If you are considering trauma therapy, please ask your provider what their training and credentials are surrounding offering trauma therapy. Dr. Elyssa Barbash penned an excellent educational article that encourages clients to know what they are getting, as reading a book on trauma or watching Internet videos (of sometimes dubious sources) is not necessarily synonymous with being qualified to provide legitimate trauma therapy... "Working With A Real Trauma Therapist" (https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/trauma-and-hope/201905/working-real-trauma-therapist).
We are trained in not one but three evidence-based trauma therapies for children and adults - EMDR, TF-CBT, and CPT. Each separate professional training required an accompanying mandatory consultation process, case presentations, etc. over a period of months each.
EMDR - This is "eye movement desensitization and reprocessing", and is considered one of the most effective trauma therapies in the world today, and is for traumatized children and adults. This goes beyond alot of talking, and literally shifts and reprocesses the memories in the brain. In trauma, the traumatic memories are not stored correctly. Think of it like this - when you go to a large but chaotic store, you might find the socks stored with the fresh bananas. Shoes stored on the shampoo aisle. Diapers in the garden section. That's like "your brain on trauma", so to speak. EMDR can help reprocess those memories, and it can be done fairly quickly, without having to do alot of painful talking about the original trauma, which research is showing sometimes can itself be retraumatizing. People of all ages, backgrounds, and traumatic experiences the world over are showing long-term, encouraging results with EMDR.
TF-CBT - This is "trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy", and is for traumatized children. It takes a systemic focus on not only helping the child, but the safe, supportive parent/caregiver family system as well. It can help the family help the child. In fact, as a system theory-trained family therapist we do not do any children's therapy where a safe, supportive parent/caregiver is not centrally involved throughout the child's therapy. We are of the firm belief that a safe, supportive parent/caregiver is one of the most pivotal resources for a child, that any issue adversely impacting a child's life is usually best treated in the context of the safe family, and that when a child has been traumatized, often that adult suffers trauma as well and needs their own help to recover, as well as to help their child recover. Please do not automatically assume that the therapy your child may be receiving at school is trauma therapy. While some therapies at school can be very helpful with behavioral and other issues, this should not be confused with specialized trauma therapy. Our position is that ethical trauma (and usually any other) therapy for minor children should ideally involve a safe, supportive family/caregiver, whenever possible. We encourage families to ask serious questions about any mental health therapy their child is receiving in the school or elsewhere and how effective it is purported to be if it has no plan to directly involve the safe and supportive parent/caregiver, if it does not address how the issue impacts the family or the family impacts the issue, or how the family is or is not helping the traumatized child.
CPT - This is "cognitive processing therapy", and is for traumatized adults and some older adolescents. We were trained by Dr. Kathleen Chard, one of the nation's leaders in CPT and were one of the first group of therapists in Arkansas to receive this training. CPT has been used across the nation in VA systems with very good success. Dr. Alana Siegel describes CPT and Dr. Chard's work in this excellent article, "Got PTSD? Try CPT" (https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/traumatized/202003/got-ptsd-try-cpt).
What is a CFTP? What is a CATP, CGCS, CSAM?
We have earned the respected Certified Family Trauma Professional (CFTP), Certified Specialist in Anger Management (CSAM), Certified Child & Adolescent Trauma Professional (CATP), as well as the Certified Grief Counseling Specialist (CGCS) credentials. As a systems theory-trained therapist, we understand that trauma experienced by one person changes entire families. We are fully qualified to conduct both children's and adult's highly specialized trauma therapy, and also to uniquely work with the surrounding family around trauma, including families of traumatized children. At this writing, we are the only therapist in the state of Arkansas as a CFTP, CATP, CGCS and CSAM.
We have a saying at Sincera Wellness...."Your Life is Waiting On You." Your health, dignity, peace, restoration, joy, laughter, love, relationships, connection....your life....are waiting.
No trauma in this world is worth denying yourself this.