Therapy for Trauma & Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Ambler, PA
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.
Everyone has a different threshold for trauma, so even if everyone else involved seems fine, that doesn’t mean you have to be. Keep reading to learn more about trauma and PTSD, and don’t hesitate to reach out to the Lime Tree Counseling team to discuss therapy for trauma and PTSD in our Ambler, PA office. We also welcome individuals from Lower Gwynedd and all of Montgomery County to visit our practice, but if you live a little further away and would still like to take advantage of the services offered by our knowledgeable team, we provide online therapy for all of Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Colorado.
Trauma & Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Have you had an overwhelming experience that still affects you today? You’re not alone. Life is overwhelming sometimes, and when difficult experiences prevent us from processing and healing in healthy ways, these events are considered traumatic. When we experience a trauma, like sexual abuse or assault, abuse as a child, physical or emotional abuse, our brains get stuck. Our mind is like a record player skipping – we experience the trauma over and over again.
Small things can trigger a bad memory or make us afraid. Trauma also affects how we relate to others, making us less trusting and leavings us feeling isolated. Without taking steps to recover after a trauma, these symptoms can become more severe or difficult to manage, and more importantly, they start to impact our ability to live fulfilling lives. When this occurs, you may be experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Trauma & PTSD Symptoms
The effects of overwhelming, traumatic events vary for everyone. Overall, most people struggling to recover from trauma and those living with PTSD experience:
- Unwanted, upsetting memories
- Difficulty sleeping
- Avoiding people or places that trigger unpleasant memories
- Isolating yourself
- Constantly on alert for danger
- Lack of enjoyment in anything
- Difficulty concentrating
- Overly negative thoughts about yourself and the world
- Inability to recall certain details of the trauma
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.
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.
Katie Bailey, LPC is 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.
Hope For The Future
Your trauma experience does not define you. You are a survivor. You need to tell your story. It’s our privilege to hear your story and help you find healing. You can reclaim joy and peace again, we promise.
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. 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:
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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.