Do you feel stuck?
- Are you on “high alert” a lot of the time, waiting for the next bad thing to happen?
- Do wish you were more connected to friends and/or family?
- Do you struggle to sleep?
- Are negative thoughts about yourself on repeat in your mind?
- Is there an experience that continues to “haunt” you?
Traumatic events are overwhelming, and often isolating. Sometimes it’s like feeling lost with no roadmap out of the maze. When something traumatic happens, your instinct might be to pull away from others, afraid of what they would think if they knew what you’ve been through. Likely, people haven’t understood well if you have tried to tell your story, and you ended up feeling more broken and alone. You muddle through daily life, but you are exhausted.
Most People Struggle With Traumas
While many people think of military service or survivors of extreme violence when they hear “trauma” or “PTSD,” surviving trauma and struggling with PTSD actually impacts numerous people from all walks of life. Traumatic events are any experiences, a person is involved in or witnesses, that overwhelm the individual’s ability to cope or process the experience in healthy ways.
Most people who experience a traumatic event will have reactions that may include shock, anger, nervousness, fear, and even guilt. These reactions are common, and for most people, they go away over time. For a person with PTSD, however, these feelings continue and even increase, becoming so strong that they keep the person from going about their life as expected. People with PTSD have symptoms for longer than one month and can’t function as well as before the event that triggered it happened.
Trauma Counseling Can Help You Heal
Life is messy, and flat out challenging sometimes. Our entire team at Lime Tree Counseling are trauma therapy experts. We use evidence-based practices in our work with clients, and we want to collaborate with you to meet your needs. Within the supportive therapy relationship, we want to help you tell your story, toss out unhelpful negative thoughts, and learn to reconnect in life.
During our counseling sessions, we will identify your goals, needs, wishes and fears. Together we will create a plan to help you gain insight, growth and healing. We believe you can find healing, build healthy relationships, and enjoy life again. We are committed to helping you get there, at your own pace. Never will you be pushed to share details you aren’t ready to talk about.
You might feel like your trauma experiences have ruined you. Or maybe you’re not even sure if what you went through is actually traumatic. We promise, you aren’t ruined, and there is hope. As PTSD specialists, we will help you look at things from a new perspective, giving you clarity in areas that may seem confusing now. Enjoying life again is possible, and we want to help you get there!
We have staff trained in EMDR, a well-researched approach to trauma therapy. EMDR is a method of clarifying, processing, and healing the wounds left by trauma through safe, guided reprocessing of the events in a therapeutic setting. Learn more about EMDR and how it works in healing PTSD by clicking the link below.
Sexual Abuse Counseling
We know that some stories are hard to tell. Sharing your sexual abuse story is important to your healing. We are trauma experts, and we want to work with you to reclaim your life and enjoy your relationships again. Find out more about sexual abuse counseling.
Still Have Questions About Trauma Counseling?
- Can talking about it really help?
- Yes! Talking can help, especially with a trained expert. Overwhelming events isolate us from others, and a foundational part of good trauma counseling is supportive, safe relationships. Your therapeutic relationship with your counselor will be your springboard to healing.
- I’m not sure my story is a trauma. Can therapy still help?
- Traumas aren’t just for military members or serious plane crashes – we all experience traumas of varying extents. If a situation or event is upsetting you and impacting your life, then it matters. Therapy can definitely help!
- What if therapy makes me feel worse?
- Honestly, ignoring the hard things in life makes them grow in power over you. Sweeping things under the proverbial rug doesn’t bring healing, it just creates things for you to trip over in life. Trauma therapy won’t always be easy, but it will be worth it in the end.
You Are Not Alone, We Can Help
If you’ve experienced a trauma, you are not alone. However, trauma makes us feel isolated from others, so the first step is to be courageous and ask for help. We have partnered with many people over the years and walked the healing journey with them. Often, people who have been abused have awful memories playing on repeat in their heads. This is a normal reaction to trauma. We will help you get those memories off of replay. During trauma therapy sessions we work on learning skills to help you feel safe again, learn how to move forward, and start trusting people again.
Contact us today to ask any questions or to schedule a free consultation!
Life after PTSD
Have you been sexually abused? Maybe emotionally or physically abused? We want to hear your story and help you find peace and safety again. Just the act of telling your story in a confidential, comfortable setting can be therapeutic. Your therapist will never force or demand you tell your story publicly. Our space is a safe space. As professional counselors specializing in PTSD treatment, we utilize a range of treatment options, including EMDR Trauma Therapy. Find relief from your PTSD symptoms today! Watch this video to learn more about therapy for PTSD.
Further Reading on Trauma & PTSD
Read more about trauma therapy in our blog posts:
By Hannah Mosser, MA, LPC Big T, little t, what begins with T? Trauma comes in many different forms, shapes and sizes. We tend to think of Big T traumas as events like 9/11 or being the victim of sexual abuse; something that when heard by others, is very clearly...
By Alana Gregg, MS The chaos of the world right now is causing so many emotions. In these moments, it’s important to think about who you talk to when you are hurting or upset. I can’t tell you how many clients I have had that look at me like I have five heads when I...
By Marcia Murphy, MA “I can’t do mindfulness! I don’t have time!” Hearing the word “mindfulness” can create images of sitting in quiet meditation for hours on a beach or mountaintop. We believe it takes great effort and dedication to have a mindfulness practice. And...
Additional Counseling Services at
Lime Tree Counseling
addition to PTSD therapy and substance use disorders, we also provide a range of therapy solutions, including:
Many people fight anxiety every day. Often this looks like constant worry, regular physical tension, rapid heartbeat, and even panic attacks. We offer anxiety counseling to help you learn new skills to lower your stress and enjoy life more…Learn more
Relationships evolve as life changes. Sometimes partners need help learning new skills to help them communicate better and strengthen their connection. We help couples improve their marriages through couples therapy…Learn more
Life gets busy, and maybe coming into the office is not doable. Or perhaps you live in a remote area, and don’t have access to quality mental health care. We offer online counseling services to those residing in Pennsylvania…Learn more
Get Started With Therapy Today!
Please contact Lime Tree Counseling to schedule an appointment or a free consultation. We will get back to you as soon as possible and get you scheduled. In our Ambler, PA office, we serve all of Montgomery County, and our therapists are happy to offer online counseling sessions for residents of Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Colorado.