Overcome The Past With PTSD & Trauma Counseling San Antonio
Reach Your Goals By Using Therapy To Overcome Trauma
Trauma Counseling in San Antonio
PTSD and other traumatic events are issues that spill over into every area of our lives. They are often the root cause of everything from addiction to strained relationships. In an attempt to manage anxiety, depression, or uncomfortable feelings, we use short-term strategies to help us get by. But long term, these strategies aren’t usually helpful, and they can leave you feeling empty and isolated.
Compulsively avoiding situations, isolating yourself, or outrunning anxiety and depression won’t work. These habits create a vicious cycle that prevents you from overcoming past events. It won’t let you feel and experience healing so you can move forward.
As a counselor in San Antonio, I specialize in working with people who suffer from trauma and addiction. Together, you and I will identify limiting beliefs, past hurts, and present behaviors that keep you from reaching your goals.
Overcome PTSD and Related Events
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) isn’t exclusive to veterans or first responders. Everyday people experience PTSD, which can make you feel like your life is out of control.
A past event can rear its head at the most unexpected times, which can negatively affect your quality of life in the present, even though a traumatic event is long gone. Trauma can cause you to lose control of your emotions and feel shame if you have outbursts of anger. Trauma also shows up in physical ways that prevent you from being fully present and connected with others.
As a therapist in San Antonio, I help people process and fully overcome trauma. Together, we’ll work through trauma from relationships, attachments, and childhood. The goal is to reduce the impact of the trauma to help you develop meaningful connections with yourself and the people around you.
Why Try Resolving a Traumatic Event(s)?
Process your trauma in a healthy way: Our counseling services can give you a supportive environment to process your past experiences. I can provide support and guidance as you work through difficult emotions and memories, as well as offer healthy coping strategies to reduce the impact of the trauma in the present.
Improve your mental health: Traumatic events have a direct impact on your mental and physical health. Through trauma therapy in San Antonio, many people can reduce the symptoms of their depression, anxiety, and PTSD.
Understand yourself: Have you ever wondered why you feel a certain way, or react a certain way? Trauma therapy helps you gain a deeper understanding of your emotions, which can help you develop effective coping strategies to live a fuller life free of the shadow of trauma.
Strengthen relationships: You need a healthy relationship with yourself to have a strong relationship with other people. By working through past events with trauma therapy, you’ll also improve how you communicate and interact with the people you love.
Become resilient: Life is hard, and it won’t stop throwing obstacles at you. Working with a counselor can help you find the right tools and strategies to navigate future challenges with confidence. By working through past trauma, you can develop a greater sense of inner strength to handle adversity in the future.
Therapy for Addiction
Are you struggling with an addiction that’s taking control over you? Addiction can lead to a host of issues, like relationship problems, financial worries, and damage to your physical health.
Maybe you’ve tried to stop or cut back, but you haven’t seen much progress. Addiction often has a genetic component, but it’s often a symptom of deeper issues, such as unaddressed trauma, depression, or anxiety. Left unexplored, these issues can make it even harder for you to overcome your battle with addiction.
As a therapist, I specialize in trauma that results in addiction. I have experience helping people recover from addictions by identifying triggers and developing skills to cope with addictive behaviors in healthy ways.
Why Try Overcoming Addiction?
Find the motivation for recovery: Motivation and support are necessary to beat an addiction for good. You can better understand the impact addiction has on your life and find a deeper motivation for recovery.
Improve coping skills: Coping strategies and tools are necessary for recovering from an addiction. Triggers and cravings can lead to relapse, but we can help you interrupt these urges and stay on the road to recovery.
Heal your mind: Addiction is often the result of anxiety or depression caused by trauma or mental illness. Counseling gives you a supportive environment to address the underlying issues that cause addiction, helping you enjoy greater peace of mind while reducing cravings.
Improve relationships: Addiction hurts everyone. By working with a licensed therapist, you can do the inner work required to build trust and repair relationships with your spouse, children, friends, and family.
Live a better life: Reclaim control over your life. By addressing the root cause of addiction, you can finally create a path to recovery that sticks, giving you a stronger sense of purpose and sense of well-being.
How We Help You Overcome the Past
Your story is unique, and that’s why I create a personalized plan for all of my clients. Depending on your needs, I will use different modes of treatment for individual counseling to address the root causes of trauma and addiction.
I’m certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) for trauma therapy.
Trauma covers a vast array of experiences. Trauma can unexpectedly block you in the present and prevent you from living your best life. This isn’t just for veterans or for people who survived horrific accidents — but trauma EMDR treatment addresses trauma in all its forms.
Combined with other modalities of healing, EMDR can help you process the complex memories and feelings behind PTSD, depression, anxiety, and panic disorders. EMDR therapy is designed to process traumatic memories in the brain, so the person is informed by these memories, but not controlled by them.
During an EMDR session, I help you access memories of a traumatic event in a safe, supportive environment. Part of EMDR includes alternating eye movement, sounds, or taps. The process combines eye movement and careful instructions, which helps you reprocess traumatic events to heal both your body and your mind.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a type of psychotherapy that can help you become more mentally resilient. It’s been shown to help with a range of issues, including anxiety, depression, and panic disorders. This is based on the idea that you can learn to accept difficult thoughts and emotions to increase flexibility in your action.
With ACT, we use strategies like values clarification, mindfulness, and acceptance to help you overcome negative thought patterns, emotions, and behaviors. By focusing on your values first, you can become more mentally resilient and lead a more fulfilling life.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a type of therapy that identifies and changes negative thought patterns and behaviors that contribute to mental health issues. Through CBT, you’ll learn how to challenge and reframe negative thoughts. I’ll also help you find coping strategies to deal with difficult emotions, as well as practice new behaviors to promote a positive outlook on life.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a type of therapy that teaches you coping skills for managing difficult emotions. While CBT focuses on redirecting patterns of thought, DBT emphasizes making changes in your behavioral health. DBT incorporates techniques such as mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal communication.
Interpersonal Neurobiology is an interdisciplinary approach that draws on neuroscience and psychology to study how the brain affects our social relationships. I believe you can tell a lot about a person’s mental state based on their relationships, and this therapeutic approach can help you heal in the context of your closest relationships. Interpersonal Neurobiology emphasizes the importance of healthy relationships for your well-being, and explores how these social connections shape your brain’s function.
Every human being has an attachment style, which affects how they feel, interact, and behave around the people in their lives. Attachment Science is a therapy approach that explores your early childhood experiences to see how childhood attachments shape the development of your brain. This can help you better understand how to regulate your emotions and relate to the people in your life.
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You’re managing trauma or addiction the best you can, but roadblocks can make it difficult to find relief on your own.
Schedule your appointment for trauma therapy in San Antonio and begin your healing journey today.